Three local students awarded degrees at Widener University

Widener University conferred degrees to more than 1,100 graduates in a ceremony Friday, May 17. Commencement was held at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

The commencement speaker was former U.S. Congressman and past Under Secretary of the U.S. Army Patrick Murphy, a military veteran, Widener alumnus and member of the Widener University Board of Trustees.

In his speech, Murphy focused on three principles: find a purpose, trust the process and give back.

“When you live a purpose-driven life, when you trust the process, when you show up and give back, even in the face of intense challenges, you too can make a difference in this world,” he said.

The graduates also heard from Iman Elkhashab, who was selected as the President’s Award recipient and served as the student speaker. In her speech, Elkhashab, now of Broomall, Pa., shared her personal story of struggle and perseverance that she experienced growing up in Egypt during the time of the revolution. The tumultuous environment, she said, taught her that each individual has the capacity to conquer and grow from challenges encountered.

The graduates hailed from 36 states and 11 other countries, including China, Netherlands, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The youngest graduate was 20 years old, while the oldest was 67. They included:

• Ann Regacho of Frankford —  Regacho graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.

• Morgan Davis of Selbyville — Davis graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Widener’s College of Arts & Sciences.

• Nolan Maier of Frankford — Maier graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. For more information, visit the university website at