Longtime director of athletics Don DiJulia '67 was the speaker at Saint Joseph's University's Commencement and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. DiJulia is retiring at the end of this month after 50 years of service to the University.

“You may not realize how much you inspired us to do more and be more for you,” DiJulia told the graduates. “You are the most important individuals on this campus. You are the purpose for our work.”

DiJulia recalled the teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, in challenging the students.

“Always strive for excellence,” he said. “Seek the magis and live greater. Be a person with and for others. Find the goodness and your God in all people and things.”

“You may not realize how much you inspired us to do more and be more for you,” DiJulia told the graduates. “You are the most important individuals on this campus. You are the purpose for our work.”

DiJulia recalled the teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, in challenging the students.

“Always strive for excellence,” he said. “Seek the magis and live greater. Be a person with and for others. Find the goodness and your God in all people and things.”

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The 2017-18 academic year marks DiJulia’s 50th in college athletics, and his 35th as Saint Joseph’s athletic director over two terms, from 1976-1981 and then from 1988 to the present. In 2012, he was promoted to vice president for athletics/director of athletics. All told, DiJulia’s affiliation with SJU spans six decades, from his time as a student to the present.

One of the most respected administrators in college athletics, DiJulia has overseen tremendous growth in the University’s athletic programs during his tenure, including the addition of five varsity programs and a new weight training facility, the initiation of athletic fund drives, and the upgrading and creation of key University athletic facilities. While these accomplishments have been instrumental in the advancement of SJU athletics, it is the enhancement of the student-athlete experience that has been the centerpiece of DiJulia’s efforts.

DiJulia has also been honored this year with induction into the Saint Joseph's Athletics Hall of Hall, the Big 5 Hall of Fame and the ECAC Hall of Fame.

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