News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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Wilmington University Graduates Receive Degrees at Georgetown Location

Family nurse practitioner candidate Edda DiDonato delivers student address.

There were smiles through tears and raindrops as 210 Wilmington University students walked across the stage to accept their degrees at Delaware Technical & Community College Carter Partnership Center in Georgetown, Delaware, on Wednesday evening, May 21. The ceremony began promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

With the completion of the Georgetown commencement activities, Wilmington University conferred degrees on a total of 3,300 students from all 13 university locations for 2014. Total enrollment at Wilmington University is 19,000.

More than 150 graduates this spring completed their respective degree programs entirely online, with a graduate in San Jose, California, qualifying as the graduate living furthest from Delaware. Those students not able to join the ceremonies in person can share the experience via live stream over the Internet.

Every commencement features a student speaker selected by Wilmington University for exemplary academic performance and service to the community. This year's speaker for the Georgetown location was Edda DiDonato, who graduated from the Family Nurse Practitioner Program (a master's level degree program) with a grade point average of 3.98. Employed as a staff nurse at Bayhealth Medical Center since 2005, DiDonato is a resident of Magnolia, Delaware, and has been model student. 

University President Dr. Jack Varsalona opened the ceremony by greeting the graduates and their families and Dr. James D. Wilson Jr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, presented the degree candidates and Dr. Varsalona conferred the appropriate level of degree on those candidates as they were presented.

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit university committed to providing flexible, career-oriented traditional and online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs and offering small class sizes, individualized attention and affordable tuition. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at or visit our web site at

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - New Castle, DE