June 09, 2017

It’s that time again to showcase our amazing graduates as they move into the next phase of their journey. We’ve worked hard to make commencement a wonderful occasion. Here’s a preview of our commencement lineup!

Theme: Moving Humanity Forward
Saturday, June 24, 2017
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

See photos and details of all the speakers here.

Download the 2017 Commencement book Sofia U Commencement book 6-22 digital

2017 Commencement Cover


 K E Y N O T E    S P E A K E R

George Zimmer, 2003 ITP Honorary Doctorate

“To build productive human relationships, the essential ingredients are trust and fairness – supported by competence, authenticity, caring, compassion and kindness. We must inspire creativity, encourage risk-taking, and boost the cultivation of reciprocity.”

2 0 1 7  H O N O R A R Y    D O C T O R A T E
Tibet Gyatso Buddha Jiacuo Rinpoche


“In Buddhism, love is mercy. When we go to love the world with compassion, war and killing will stop, the families of war, children, their suffering will be lost, and our face will no longer be a world of unrest. When we love the environment, people will have a harmonious relationship with nature.”


I N   M E M O R I A M
Dana Al Shirawi, Ph.D.

Dana’s husband, Nauman Malik,  will be present at the commencement to share a few words and accept her diploma. She received her PhD from ITP/Sofia University in Transpersonal Psychology in December 2016.


J I L L   M E L L I C K   A W A R D   W I N N E R S
Susan O’Connell will be presenting a video montage of the award winners and a tribute to Jill Mellick.


Diane Lucille Meyer, Ph.D.
2013 Sofia University Alumna
Doctorate in Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology
and certificate in Creative Expression


Micah Linton, MA
2015 Sofia University Alumnus
Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology with a specialization in Creativity and Innovation


Elisa Sciscioli, MATP
2014 Sofia University Alumna
Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology with a specialization in Creativity and Innovation

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