At the celebration of the launch of the School of Professional Studies and Innovation, President Grigsby shares how this initiative aligns with Moravian's legacy of providing education for all.

The Moravian University community celebrated the launch of the School of Professional Studies & Innovation (SPSI) on Thursday evening, February 1, 2024, at Payne Gallery on south campus.

The event marked another significant milestone for the university, showcasing its commitment to advancing education in step with the changing needs of the modern digital workforce. The new school will offer future-focused, career-relevant programs that equip learners with the skills and knowledge to embrace the digital economy and future-proof their careers.

The new programs include instruction in artificial intelligence, 3D printing, coding, and other emerging innovations in technology. Classes are set to begin in the fall.

Moravian will offer flexible course schedules in both online and hybrid formats and professionally oriented programs that align with current and future needs of the job market.

Thursday’s ceremony featured remarks by President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90, who stressed the importance of the SPSI initiative as a vital continuation of Moravian’s guiding commitment to education for all.

Andrew Semanick, a Penn State grad who has earned masters degrees in business administration, data analytics, and health administration at Moravian, is excited by the SPSI programs.

“The Moravian mission has always been about access. We have always chosen to educate those that society has not wanted to educate: women, slaves, and Native Americans,” Grigsby noted. “The Ivy League schools are proud of their low acceptance rate. We want to ensure that everyone has a chance to learn.

“These new SPSI programs are not only accessible but relevant and valuable . . . equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in their careers,” he added.

The assembly of university officials, faculty members, and distinguished Lehigh Valley guests expressed enthusiasm for this innovative venture.

“Being in the industry and looking at the programs offered by SPSI, I believe it will be very helpful to students looking to grow their knowledge on data, AI, and cybersecurity,” said Andrew Semanick, a PPL Electric Utilities business operations analyst and Moravian alumnus.

A Moravian student jazz trio added bright notes to the festive SPSI launch event.—Craig Larimer