Saint Joseph's College to Graduate 118th Class

April 29, 2013

On Sunday, May 12, Saint Joseph's College will graduate its 118th class of seniors. The Commencement ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm CDT in the Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, and Michael Scudder '93 will serve as the commencement speaker.

Scudder, who was the 1993 co-valedictorian, graduated from SJC with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He then attended Northwestern University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1998. During his time at SJC, Scudder was a member of the golf team and was inducted into the SJC Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Scudder has served as a law clerk for Judge Paul Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, and a White House legal adviser under President George W. Bush.

Since 2009, Scudder has been a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where he concentrates in commercial litigation, white collar crime, government investigations, and accounting issues. He is also the leader of Skadden's accounting initiative to advance the firm's accounting litigation practice.

Biology-Wildlife Ecology major and Mathematics minor Adrienne DiRuzza of Alexandria, Ind. has been named the class of 2013 valedictorian. During her time at SJC, DiRuzza has been active in many campus activities, especially those of the Sustainability Coalition, Science Club, and Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She has also been a member of the volleyball team, track and field team, math tutor, campus gardener, teacher's aide, and Indiana Space Grant Consortium Vernier LoggerPro Workshop assistant. DiRuzza has also served as SJC's Community Learning Garden manager, where she has played an integral role in the College's sustainability effort.

DiRuzza stated, "SJC has prepared me for the future through its curriculum and the religious values inherent in the campus culture. Not only have I enhanced my knowledge of biology and mathematics, but I have been enabled to challenge my personal values, religious views, and my understanding of other cultures."

After graduation, DiRuzza plans to attend Texas A&M University to study Marine Biology.

Senior Class President Kristin Paris, who is a Biology major and Athletic Training minor, will also make a debut at this year's commencement ceremony. During her time at SJC, Paris has been involved with several campus activities, including intramural sports, Student Association, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and Alpha Lambda Delta. Paris has also been an integral member of SJC's softball team and was a key component of the team's success in 2012 when the SJC softball team finished in fourth place at the GLVC Tournament.

Paris contended, "I chose SJC because of the small campus, and I felt like I was somebody rather than just another number."

Paris plans to attend Harrison College in Indianapolis, Ind. to become a licensed massage therapist after graduation. She then hopes to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy.

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Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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