Commencement Address Sister Francis Raftery, President College of Saint Elizabeth

Happy PCCC student

Passaic County Community College
41st Annual Commencement
May 23, 2013

Keynote Speaker
Sister Francis Raftery

B.S., A.M., Ed.D., L.L.D.
President of the College of Saint Elizabeth 


Sister Francis Raftery was named the sixth president of the College of Saint Elizabeth in January 1997. She holds a doctorate in education from New York University and a master of arts in guidance and counseling from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

A native of N.J. she entered the Sisters of Charity after earning her bachelor's degree in early childhood/elementary education from New Jersey City University, and she taught at the elementary and secondary levels before joining the College of Saint Elizabeth.

During her tenure as a Professor of Education and Department Chairperson, Sister Francis designed and implemented the College's Education major, field experience component, and student/transfer advisement program. The College of Saint Elizabeth bestowed on her its prestigious Seton Award in 1991. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Seton Hall University in 2004.

Sister Francis is a past president of the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and she presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.

She is also a member of the Public Policy Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the New Jersey President’s Council and the Executive Board for the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.  Sister Francis will retire from the presidency at College of St. Elizabeth at the end of this academic year.  (from the College of St. Elizabeth website)