Graduation 2015

John Paul the Great Catholic University held its 7th annual commencement on Friday, September 11, 2015 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish church in San Diego. Degrees awarded included: Undergraduate BS in Communications Media and Business; MBA in Film Producing; and MA in Biblical Theology.

Speakers included:

  • Welcome: Dr Derry Connolly, President
  • Faculty Charge: Prof Fr Andy Younan, Professor of Philosophy
  • Undergraduate speaker: Chas Baines
  • MBA speaker: Emily Deady
  • MA speaker: Fr Ankido Sipo


  • Valedictorian and the Founders' Award for Impacting Culture: Mia Rohr
  • The Business Acumen Award: Matt Martinusen
  • The Artistic Visionary Award: Brett Bussen
  • The MBA Entrepreneurial Award: Gabe Geagea
  • The MA Scholarship Award: Justin Panlasigui

MBA in Film Producing Class of 2015

MA in Biblical Theology Class of 2015, including the first 4 JPCatholic alumni ordained to the priesthood - Fr Ankido Sipo, Fr Simon Esshaki, Fr David Stephen, Fr Royal Hannosh, along with Mar Sarhad Jammo, Bishop of the Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, Chaldean Catholic Church based in El Cajon, CA.