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Rosemont College names Chairman of Fred’s Footsteps Sylvia DiBona as 2018 Commencement speaker

Rosemont College is pleased to announce that Sylvia DiBona will serve as this year’s Commencement speaker and will be granted an honorary doctoral degree by the College’s Board of Trustees.

Sylvia DiBona has been chairman of the board of Fred’s Footsteps, a public charity founded in the memory of her late husband, G. Fred DiBona, Jr, since 2005. The mission of Fred’s Footsteps is to support working families who are in a financial crisis due to the costs associated with caring for a critically ill or injured child.

“Sylvia DiBona, a 2000 graduate of the School of Graduate Studies, has made a positive and lasting impact on many families in the Philadelphia region,” said Dr. Sharon Hirsh, President of Rosemont College. “It gives me and the College’s trustees great pride to be able to honor Ms. DiBona with an honorary degree and to give her the recognition she so truly deserves for her selfless contributions to the lives of so many.”

After making a career shift to counseling psychology in the 1990s, DiBona worked for several years as a volunteer at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, counseling patients undergoing cancer treatment. DiBono has also served on the Boards of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and The Wellness Community. Currently, she is a member of the Boards of ESF Dream Camp Foundation, the Vetri Community Partnership, and the Leadership Council of the Abramson Cancer Center.

Aside from her charity work, DiBona is certified public accountant. She has served as a member of the tax department at Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia, as well as the tax department of Smith Kline, where she specialized in international tax issues. In 1987, she co-founded The William Penn Insurance Agency, a commercial insurance brokerage firm.

DiBona earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Temple University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College.  Since she graduated, she has been a supportive and loyal alumna of Rosemont College.

Rosemont’s 95th Commencement exercises will be held Saturday, May 12, with the ceremony taking place at 2:00 p.m. on Connelly Green. Sylvia DiBona will address graduates of the Undergraduate College and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, along with families, friends, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and community members.

The College will also grant honorary degrees to two other alumnae: Veronica Ahern, a 1968 graduate of the Undergraduate College; and Catherine Marengo Nakonetschny, a 1997 graduate of the Undergraduate College and 1999 graduate of the School of Graduate Studies. Both women have enjoyed tremendous success in their careers and personal lives, while providing public service for others.