SAINT LEO, FL – Danielle Bunin was all set to receive her MBA from Saint Leo University on Saturday, April 30. On that warm, sunny morning, Bunin was dressed in full commencement regalia. As the students began lining up to make their walk to the Marion Bowman Activities Center, Bunin, who was about six months pregnant, suddenly passed out and fell, landing on her stomach. She was helped to a nearby bench and then taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Although her baby boy was fine, Bunin was unable to return to walk across the stage and receive her degree.
So at 9 a.m., Monday, June 6, Bunin finally received her Master of Business Administration degree in human resource management from Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., president of Saint Leo University, in a commencement ceremony of her own. Bunin, of Land O’ Lakes, FL, was joined by her husband, Brad, and son, Ashton, 2, at Saint Francis Hall.
“I am sad that I didn’t get to walk [on April 30], but grateful to the staff who helped me,” Bunin said.
Education at Saint Leo is a family affair for Bunin. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Saint Leo while Bunin pregnant with her son, Ashton. She was joined at the May 2014 commencement by her mother, Lorene Mervis of Brooksville, FL, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology. Mervis now is pursuing an MBA in human resource management, too, and Brad Bunin will study at Saint Leo.
“Saint Leo is family,” Danielle Bunin said. And Dr. Lennox joked that young Ashton will be the next Lion.
She will be back at Saint Leo in January taking another HR class in order to qualify to become an adjunct faculty member.
Bunin was overwhelmed that the university would host a commencement just for her. “This is wonderful,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting this. But this is Saint Leo.”
Photo by Benjamin Watters, Saint Leo University
Danielle Bunin receives her long-awaited Master of Business Administration degree from Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., president of Saint Leo University
About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is a regionally accredited, liberal-arts-based institution known for an inclusive Catholic heritage, enduring values, and a capacity for innovation. The school was chartered in 1889 by Catholic Benedictine monks in rural Pasco County, FL, making Saint Leo the first Catholic college in the state. Saint Leo provides access to education to people of all faiths, emphasizing the Benedictine philosophy of balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit.
The university welcomes learners from all generations and backgrounds, from civilian occupations and the armed forces, and from across the country and more than 60 nations around the world. Saint Leo’s nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students may elect to study at the beautiful University Campus in Florida, at more than 40 teaching locations in seven states, or online from any location. The university’s degree programs range from the associate to the doctorate. Through these rich offerings, Saint Leo develops principled leaders for a challenging world.
Saint Leo University boasts nearly 80,000 alumni in all 50 states, Washington, DC, five U.S. territories, and 72 countries.
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