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Rosemont College Announces Rep. Joanna McClinton will Deliver 2024 Commencement Address

Katie DuBoff - March 24, 2024

Rep. Joanna McClintonState Rep. Joanna McClinton, Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will deliver Rosemont’s 101st Commencement address and receive an honorary degree at the ceremony on Saturday, May 18.

"Rep. McClinton’s commitment to civic engagement is the embodiment of Rosemont's mission, and I am thrilled she will deliver this year’s commencement address to our graduates," said Jim Cawley, president of Rosemont College. "Rep. McClinton is a trailblazer and champion for economic and social justice reforms. Her passion for positive change will be an inspiration to our students, fostering a sense of responsibility and empowerment to be contributing members of society."

Elected to serve communities in Philadelphia and Delaware County in 2015, Joanna McClinton was the first woman elected Democratic Caucus Chair, the first woman elected Democratic Leader and is Pennsylvania’s first woman House Speaker.

A lifelong resident of southwest Philadelphia, she graduated from Grace Temple Christian Academy, LaSalle University, and Villanova University School of Law, and was a public defender and chief counsel to Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams before being elected.

McClinton has earned several distinctions including City and State PA's 40 Under 40, Politico Recast’s Power List, and a NewDeal Rising Leader.

About Rosemont College

Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont College is a private, coeducational institution that is rooted in Catholicism and welcomes people of all faiths. Rosemont offers a comprehensive education through small group and experiential learning experiences while providing campus-wide academic, spiritual, and professional support. The College respects and embraces diversity and individuality and promotes students' lifelong success.