University of Saint Joseph to Hold 2022 Commencement May 14 at XL Center, Downtown Hartford 

The University of Saint Joseph will hold its 87th Commencement on May 14, at the XL Center, Downtown Hartford beginning 10 a.m. Connecticut Congresswoman, the Honorable Jahana Hayes M’12, DAA’17 will address the graduating class as Commencement Speaker. 

Congresswoman Hayes was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2018, making her the first African American woman and the first African American Democrat ever to represent the state of Connecticut in Congress. At the University of Saint Joseph, she earned an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012. In 2017, she was recognized with USJ’s Distinguished Alumni Award.  

This Commencement ceremony marks a significant first inaugural coeducational class of traditional undergraduates. USJ Commencement attendees will be welcomed by Michelle Kalis, Ph.D., Provost, and the National Anthem will be sung by Elizabeth Sears,’19, M ’22 M.A. Special Education. The Graduate student speaker will be Jayde Hickman, M’22 Master of Social Work and the Undergraduate student speaker will be Domeniko Skrelia ’22 B.S. Nutrition. The USJ Alma Mater will be sung by Damilola Akingbade, D’22 Doctor of Pharmacy. USJ’s Alma Mater was arranged by Edwiga Rafalowski Peppler ‘40

In addition to the Commencement Ceremony on May 14, some USJ programs host additional events on the USJ campus: 

MSW Hooding Ceremony: 

Date: May 10, 2022 
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Hoffman Auditorium 

Graduate Nursing Hooding Ceremony: 

Date: May 11, 2022 
Time: 4 p.m. 
Location: Hoffman Auditorium 

Counseling and Applied Behavioral Analysis Hooding Ceremony: 

Date: May 12, 2022 
Time: 4 p.m. 
Location: Crystal Room 

Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony: 

Date: May 13, 2022 
Time: 9 a.m. 
Location: Hoffman Auditorium 

Physician Assistant Hooding Ceremony: 

Date: May 13, 2022 
Time: 1 p.m. 
Location: Hoffman Auditorium 

Undergraduate Nursing Pinning Ceremony: 

Date: May 13, 2022 
Time: 3 p.m. 
Location: Hoffman Auditorium