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St. Francis College celebrates new graduates

Commencement on May 10

May 6, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Dragana Dzigurski. Photos courtesy of St. Francis College
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The St. Francis 2016 College Commencement ceremony will take place at Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 10 at 11 a.m. Hundreds of St. Francis graduates, along with their parents, families and friends will attend the event. A baccalaureate Mass will be held the night before at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral in Prospect Heights.

The undergraduate valedictorian for the ceremony will be Dragana Dzigurski, a communication arts major with a concentration in English and a minor in Spanish. Dragana is a member of the Duns Scotus Honor Society and Communications Honor Society Lambda Pi Eta. She also played on the St. Francis tennis team, sang in the college’s choir, was a member of the International Students Club and worked for the Departments of Student Activities and Career Development.

The college will also honor Teresa Franchi, a valedictorian for graduate programs. Franchi is in the combined master’s and graduate program for accounting and is also the second in her family to attend St. Francis. Theresa was president of the Accounting Society and a member of the Accounting Honor Society.

Offering the keynote address at the commencement will be U.S. Rep. Peter T. King from New York’s 2nd District on Long Island. King is a graduate of St. Francis Class of ’65, and has been actively involved with the college for many years. King is currently serving his 12th term in the House, where he is a member and former chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and chairman of the Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He also serves on the Financial Services Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The college will also bestow an Honorary Doctorate upon Deborah Schwartz, the president of the Brooklyn Historical Society for the past 10 years. Schwartz has overseen a major expansion in programming at the Historical Society during her tenure. Schwartz, a recognized leader in the field of museum education, teaches a graduate seminar on museum management for NYU’s Museum Studies Program, and frequently lectures at Columbia University Teacher’s College and Bank Street College of Education. 

For those unable to attend graduation, the full ceremony will be streamed live through the Periscope app. To watch, follow @sfcny on Twitter. Just before commencement begins, look for a link to the live event. Later in the week, a full replay of the ceremony will be available on the St. Francis website,

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