Corey Ciocchetti will speak at Commencement Saturday, May 17

Corey Ciocchetti

May 12, 2014

Corey Ciocchetti, associate professor of business ethics and legal studies at the University of Denver and a motivational speaker, will speak about authentic success at Delaware Valley College’s 2014 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. Commencement will be held on the Quad. 

One of UD’s most popular and highest-rated professors, Ciocchetti was the perfect choice for this year’s commencement speaker.

“It didn't take long to decide who the senior class officers wanted as their commencement speaker,” said Bailey Young ’14, senior class president. “Corey Ciocchetti is passionate about authentic success, something that I believe DelVal takes pride in developing in each of its students. I look forward to hearing him at commencement, to hear how we can continue and achieve our own authentic success.”

Ciocchetti received a law degree from Duke University School of Law, a master’s degree in religious studies and two bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics from the University of Denver.

“Professor Ciocchetti is a talented teacher and speaker, whose message of solid character fits together with the College’s core values,” said College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan. 

Ciochetti has won multiple teaching and speaking awards including the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award by the University of Denver Alumni Association and the Joel Goldman Award for most respected speaker on the CAMPUSPEAK roster. He currently teaches classes on business law and ethics in a department ranked by the Wall Street Journal and Business Week in the top ten nationwide for producing students with high ethical standards.

DelVal will also award three honorary degrees during the ceremony. This year’s recipients will be Raymond L. Blew Jr. (Doctor of Management), State Rep. Marguerite Corr Quinn (Doctor of Law) and Delaware Valley College President Emeritus Dr. Joshua Feldstein ’42, ’52 (Doctor of Humane Letters).

Blew has run Centerton Nursery, Inc. in Bridgeton, N.J., as a family-owned and operated business since 1975. Centerton Nursery encompasses 205 acres and 2.2 million-square-feet of greenhouses and produces between one and one-and-a-half million finished plants per year.The business is known for innovative practices and products. Blew attended DelVal in the early 1950s, the first of three generations of his family to do so. In addition, he counts six DelVal alumni among his 90-plus person Centerton Nursery staff.

State Rep. Marguerite Corr Quinn was elected to represent the 143rd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2006. She introduced legislation to establish a new student grant aid to middle income families, giving students more help in paying tuition bills and more postsecondary education options. Shortly after being elected, the Pennsylvania Middle School Association named her the recipient of its 2008 Advocate for Public Education Award. She was also recognized by the Twilight Wish Foundation and awarded the John J. Forkin award in 2008 for her work with senior citizens.

Dr. Feldstein came to this country from Lithuania in 1939 to attend the Delaware Valley College (which was then The National Farm School). He joined the instructional staff at the school and earned his B.S. in horticulture. Then, while still working for the college, he attended Rutgers University where he earned his master's in horticulture in 1956 and his Ph.D. in horticulture in 1962.  He was president of Delaware Valley College from 1975 to 1987. Dr. Feldstein was named president emeritus and a member of the Board of Trustees when he retired.  Among the notable accomplishments of Dr. Feldstein’s presidency are: the addition of two academic majors (agribusiness and computer information systems management); reaffirming the College’s accreditation in 1983; the construction of the Student Center; the construction of the James Work Memorial Stadium; improvements in computer facilities in the Feldman Building; the building of the Kenneth W. and Helen H. Gemmill Center for Animal Husbandry and the Sydney Markovitz Equine Facility; the addition of laboratory and classroom space to the greenhouse complex; and renovations to the Allman Building.

Dr. Dorothy Prisco, a former DelVal vice president for academic affairs, will be named VPAA emerita and honored for her contributions to the success of the College. 


Meet some members of the Class of 2014