As is tradition at Jesuit universities in the United States, graduates are presented with a large and ornate degree certificate, the text of which is printed in Latin. Below is an English translation of the text.
The Administrators of Saint Joseph's University and the Society of Jesus in Philadelphia
For the Greater Glory of God
To all who view these present letters, greetings in the Lord
By these letters we, given charge of this function by the highest authority of the State, testify that this, our beloved (son or daughter), duly approved, has been advanced to the (Baccalaureate or Master or Doctor) of (Arts, Science, Business Administration or Education) and that (he or she) has been presented by us with all the rights and privileges attached to that degree. And that all might know, we have given these present letters, secured by our corporate seal and by the signature of the President of this university, in our academic building in Philadelphia,
(Day) of (Month) in the (year) of the Lord