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St. Francis College celebrates new graduates

Winter Commencement Sends New Students on to Their Future

January 5, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Dr. Gerard Galgan. Photos courtesy of St. Francis College
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Hundreds of parents, family members and friends will come to St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brooklyn Heights to celebrate the Class of 2016 at St. Francis College’s Winter Commencement on Thursday, Jan. 14, beginning with a Baccalaureate Mass at 2 p.m. and Commencement at 3 p.m.

The valedictorian for the winter commencement is Chantell Chimbo, a management major with a minor in sports management and a 3.9 GPA.

“I made amazing friends, met amazing mentors, had the opportunity to give back and learned about Franciscan values,” said Chimbo. She plans to put her experience to work in human resource management where she can help people enhance their careers. 

Dr. Gerald Galgan of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will offer the Winter Commencement Address. Professor Galgan has spent several decades in liberal education. He began teaching at St. Francis College in 1966 and served as department chairman from 1998 to 2000, after which he was assistant dean of the humanities from 2000 to 2002. 

An honorary doctorate will be awarded to the Rev. Edward P. Doran of St. Charles Borromeo Church. He has been pastor there since 2008 and has opened its doors numerous times for a number of the college’s special events and ceremonies. In May 2013, he was appointed dean (vicar forane) of the Brooklyn 3rd Deanery, and in 2014 he also became administrator of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in the northern part of Brooklyn Heights. Prior to being ordained a priest, Doran was a member of the Marist Brothers for 21 years. Doran holds a Ph.D. in counseling from St. John’s University, a bachelor’s degree in education from Marist College and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Seton Hall University. He is also an adjunct professor at St. John’s University.

Doran will also be a concelebrant of the Baccalaureate Mass held before commencement with the Rev. Brian Jordan, director of the St. Francis College Campus Ministry.

A full replay of Winter Commencement will be available on the St. Francis website (


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