La Salle University business student Marcelina Hollender, a Somerton resident, will cap off her college career by giving the commencement speech at the university’s undergraduate graduation ceremony.
At La Salle, the tradition is to have a student deliver the speech at graduation. Hollender applied and was selected by a committee.
The ceremony is set for Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at La Salle’s McCarthy Stadium.
“I was extremely honored when I had learned that I had been selected to represent the graduating class as the 2013 student commencement speaker,” she said. “I understand that this role carries a great responsibility in inspiring and motivating the audience. It includes reflecting on the mission and values at La Salle University, while translating each student’s experience and journey into the possibilities of the future.”
Hollender, an accounting major who has made the dean’s list every semester, recently received another big honor. She’s been accepted into the Disney Company’s Accounting Rotation Program.
Only eight students are accepted into the program each year. Hollender will earn her MBA in August and start at Disney in January 2014.
“We seek out top talent from top schools around the country with high academic standing in terms of GPA and Big 4 (accounting firms) and Fortune 500 company accounting-focused internship experience,” said C.J. Masopust, a recruiter with Disney Consumer Products.
Masopust said the program also looks for students with “promising leadership capabilities.”
A graduate of Nazareth Academy High School, Hollender submitted an application through Disney’s website for the program in early September.
Three days later, a recruiter interviewed her for an hour over the phone, then invited her for a formal interview at the company’s corporate office in Burbank, Calif.
That interview took place in October.
“In Burbank, interviews were being conducted daily with students from across the country,” Hollender said. “I met with recruiters, current ARP analysts and other ARP candidates. It was interesting to listen to current ARP analysts who described their personal experience in the program.”
The interviews were conducted in four sessions, and Hollender was interviewed by two-person teams from the various business areas.
“I made sure to be prepared for the interviews by conducting thorough research about the Disney Company, such as its history, financials and current news,” she said. “The interviewers were impressed that I was knowledgeable about the company and that I came prepared with a portfolio of articles and reports.”
While at La Salle, Hollender has completed internships with Charming Shoppes and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
For the last three years, she has worked part time as a loan member service representative at Trumark Financial Credit Union, where she has several times been selected as employee of the month.
Hollender is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and she received the 2012 Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award. She also won the American Society of Women Accountants National Award in 2011 and ’12.
At La Salle, she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society. BGS awarded her the La Salle/Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship, given to the honor society’s top inductees. She has also participated in the Masque student theater group and student government, and has taken leadership roles in professional accounting organizations on campus.
“Even as a freshman, she was always among the first students to answer my calls for participants in various essay and case competitions, including those sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and PricewaterhouseCoopers,” said Susan Borkowski, a professor of accounting and BGS adviser at La Salle.
“She manages admirably to balance these extracurricular events — which make great demands on her time — with her stellar academic performance. Marcelina has many strengths. She is a role model for her peers, an exceptional student, insightful, mature, responsible and determined to maximize her experiences while in our BS/MBA program at La Salle University.” ••