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Emma Pfohman tops Fordham graduating class
Emma Pfohman
Emma Pfohman

NEW YORK CITY — Emma Margaret Pfohman graduated magna cum laude (with great honor) this spring from Fordham University in New York City.

The 21-year-old fifth daughter of Susan and Robert Pfohman of St. Mary Cathedral Parish, earned a 3.79 grade point average, earning her Political Science Department honors, and graduating at the top of her class.

Altogether, nearly 3,500 students received degrees in ceremonies at the Jesuit university’s campus in the Bronx.

Emma took classes all four years at the university’s Lincoln Center campus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

She was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Alpha, academic honor societies.

She was captain of the school’s sailing team, which this year earned national ranking for the first time in the school’s history. Emma sailed on a team that qualified for the co-ed national semifinal tournament. She handled the jib sheets and directed tactics to the person at the tiller in the two-person racing dinghys. The Ram sailors finished the season ranked eighth in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, competing with teams from across the U.S. 

She successfully competed for one of 25 coveted berths in the New York City Urban Fellow Program, from among 125 around the world who sought admission. She will work for a city bureau for 10 months, beginning in August. In the meantime, she will continue working for Zerve Tours, a New York operation that books travel and tours. 

As a junior, Emma spent a semester in London, attending Kings College and overnighting Thursdays at the Greenwich, England, home of OCP composers Bernadette Farrell, Owen Alstott and their daughter Joanna, playing cut-throat Scrabble after dinner. 

Emma's older sister, Murphy, is a platoon leader in a military intelligence company attached to a stryker brigade operating out of Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan. Murphy is a 2012 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.





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