Misericordia Honors Graduates For Service And Study Abroad
Amanda Casem

Misericordia University gave special recognition during the 90th annual Commencement ceremonies to 24 graduates who did service or studied abroad during their time at the institution. The students received special stoles as part of their Commencement regalia in colors that represent the country they visited, including England, Guyana, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica and Peru. The recognition is part of a

campus-wide effort to expand and enhance service and study abroad/ away experiences for students. In November 2014, Misericordia joined the Generation Study Abroad Initiative, a program of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to form a coalition of institutions committed to doubling the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade.

Graduate Amanda Casem earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, and a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a minor in gerontology. The daughter of Elaine and Chuck Casem of Mountain Top participated in two service abroad experiences in Jamaica. She attended a service-learning trip to Manchester, Jamaica in 2014 that was sponsored by Campus Ministry, and returned as part of an occupational therapy service group that worked at the Mustard Seed Communities in Kingston, Jamaica in 2015.