Biology Senior Sean Welch Chosen as Commencement Student Speaker

May 9, 2016
Gwynedd Mercy University 2016 President's Scholar Award Winner Sean Welch

Gwynedd Mercy University Biology student and campus leader Sean Welch was chosen as the student speaker for the University's 67th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016. 

Sean, who was recently awarded the President's Scholar Award at Honors Convocation, has been a leader at GMercyU since his freshman year. Throughout his time here, Sean participated in the Griffin Student Leadership Institute, served as a tutor in the Academic Resource Center, served as Corresponding Secretary of the Peer Mentoring Association and has been an active member of the Student Advancement Committee. 

During his senior year, Sean served as vice president of the Student Association of Science where he planned events and wrote the club's newsletter and president of Sigma Phi Sigma, the University's chapter of the National Mercy Honor Society. He was heavily involved in Campus Ministry, participating in weekly service activities. Sean's passion for service extended beyond campus where he continues to volunteers at Manna on Main Street, a local food pantry, and the Emergency Room of St. Luke's Hospital in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. 

Sean participated in numerous research projects and has presented at several conferences, including the annual SEPCH Honors Conference. For his thesis, Sean looked at how the immune system of the brain – if activated incorrectly – might lead to the formation of Alzheimer’s Disease through the function of the cell signaling protein TNF-a and its effects on neuron degeneration.

After graduation, Sean plans on pursuing a career as a physician by attending medical school at Drexel University.