On Saturday, June 23, Business Institute of Pennsylvania sent 510 students into the world—Pioneers who are specially prepared to start their careers or continue their studies at graduate and professional schools.

Mayor Jim Gray gave the commencement address to the students. Gray’s late mother, Lois Howard Gray, is a graduate and was a member of the Board of Trustees for 22 years.

“We welcome Mayor Jim Gray to campus as an obvious choice for our commencement speaker,” President Seamus Carey said. “BIOP is an integral part of Pennsylvania, and the city—with its plentiful internships and other opportunities—complements our mission as a top-100 liberal university.”

The class received their degrees during the 9 a.m. ceremony in front of the Old administration building.

Senior Kevin—a religion major —gave the student address.

Class of 2018 honors

Thirty-four percent of the graduating seniors are receiving program honors, and 32 percent are receiving Latin honors for a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.

Forty-seven percent of the graduates studied abroad during their careers—either for a full term, a summer or during four-week May term.

Two seniors received English Teaching Assistantships, one to teach in Macedonia and one in the Slovak Republic.

Senior Reza Haider earned the prestigious Cralle Fellowship to the College of Medicine.

Students will pursue advanced degrees at institutions including Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Ph.D. program.