The 2016 Commencement
Speaker was Christopher L. Kenny, Esquire, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Kenny Family ShopRites of Delaware, a supermarket chain in New Castle County, Delaware consisting of six stores and 1,500 employees.
After working his way through the ranks for more than 14 years, Christopher L. Kenny became CFO in 2008 and then accepted the leadership reins from his father in 2012 to head The Kenny Family ShopRites of Delaware as its president and chief executive officer. A true entrepreneur and born strategist, Mr. Kenny stepped into his new role and successfully negotiated approximately $75 million in financing to facilitate ShopRite’s growth to open three additional stores, thus doubling the volume. By 2015, ShopRite took the number one position in market share in New Castle County, Delaware and now consists of six stores and 1,500 associates.
Mr. Kenny’s business acumen, however, does not outshine his philanthropic spirit. He is a board member of The Kenny Family Foundation, founded in 2008, which supports non-profit organizations that work diligently to enhance the quality of life for residents in Delaware. With his active participation, the foundation has given more than $1 million to nearly 1,000 nonprofits.
As a board member of Goodwill, Mr. Kenny formed Partners in Training (along with ShopRite's cooperative, Wakefern Food Corporation), a program that prepares students for cashier positions and has produced 735 graduates. Mr. Kenny has served on more than 15 charitable, professional and civic boards and currently serves on the boards of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Food Industry Council.
A Delaware resident, Mr. Kenny is also a member of the bar in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Finance from the University of Delaware, Lerner College of Business and Economics and a Juris Doctor in Corporate Law from Widener University School of Law.
The 2016 Commencement Ceremony
The processional was introduced by
Dr. William Cohee.
Brother Ronald Giannone - OFM Cap. at the Ministry of Caring - led the invocation and
benediction of the ceremony.
Quameshia Callwood - president of the Student
Government Association and BS 2016 - led the Salute
to the Flag and and introduced Mr. Kenny.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the
Beautiful" were performed by Allison T. Jackson (BA
President Gary L. Wirt and John J. Patterson III
(Chair, Board of Trustees) conferred the honorary
degree of Doctor of Business Administration on Mr. Kenny.
The 2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards - two this year - were
presented by President Gary L. Wirt and Academic
Dean Alison Boord White to
Mr. Frank Scafidi and
Dr. John M. Toothman. Dr. Toothman also received the title of Professor Emeritus as part of the ceremony.
Larry Eby, Director of Admissions, introduced the 2016
President Gary L. Wirt conferred the degrees on
the new graduates.
Congratulations, Class of 2016!
Video and Photos from the Ceremony
The Commencement ceremony was broadcast live
online and a
recorded version of the event is available.
Photos from the ceremony are available in our photo gallery.