Franciscan Attributes in Higher Education Affirmed
Alvernia embodies the following Franciscan values:
- Reverence for the dignity of each individual
- Service to others in the local and global community
- Hospitality as expressed in an openness to all
- Formation of a caring community
- Education of the whole person — mind, body, heart and spirit
- Gospel-centered values.
- Reverence for all creation
In the words of our students:
“The Franciscan values encompass all parts of who a person is and classes are designed to encourage this growth. There is a deep sense of hospitality within the school.” Angela Clymer, Behavioral Health
“Alvernia’s mission, vision, and core values are strategically focused on service and cohesiveness of community by remaining ethical, loving, and morally just. They present a wonderful feeling of commitment and social strengthening through service and humility.” Melissa Tagert, Behavioral Health
Guided by Franciscan values and the ideal of “knowledge joined with love,” and rooted in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, Alvernia is a rigorous, caring, and inclusive learning community committed to academic excellence and to being and fostering broadly educated, life-long learners; reflective professionals and engaged citizens; and ethical leaders with moral courage.
To Be a Distinctive Franciscan University, Committed to Personal and Social Transformation, Through Integrated, Community-based, Inclusive, and Ethical Learning.