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Commencement 2016

Commencement 2016

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Baccalaureate Mass

May 13, 2016
Begins with Procession at 6:45 p.m.
Main Chapel

Commencement 

May 14, 2016
Begins with Procession at 10:30 a.m.
Grand Tent open for seating at 9:00 a.m.
Indoor simulcast in Sorgenti Arena

Commencement Speaker

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The Honorable Kevin M. Dougherty

Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

The Honorable Kevin M. Dougherty was elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in November 2015. Prior to his ascension to the highest court, he served as Administrative Judge of the Trial Division; First Judicial District. In this post he oversaw all aspects of Pennsylvania’s largest civil and criminal trial court system. Previously, Justice Dougherty served as Administrative Judge of Philadelphia Family Court for nearly a decade, where he implemented major reforms to better serve our most vulnerable and at-risk citizens. The son of a court officer, Justice Dougherty was the first in his family to graduate from college attending both Temple University and Antioch School of Law.

 

Honorary Degree Recipients

The Honorable Kevin M. Dougherty

Doctor of Laws

John F. Haught, Ph.D.

Doctor of Humane Letters

John F. Haught, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Research Professor at Georgetown University. He specializes in systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology and religion. He is the author of more than 19 books and 100 book chapters and articles. Dr. Haught is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion, the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence, and the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education.

 
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Carol McCullough Fitzgerald 

Doctor of Laws

Carol McCullough Fitzgerald is a former member of the College’s board of directors, having served the College for six years from 2007 to 2013. Carol’s extraordinary leadership and networking skills, as well as the personal touch that characterizes her relationships with others, is widely recognized. Her professional career has been rich and varied, and her many impressive accomplishments include collaborating in 2000 with the Republican National Convention to develop and produce PoliticalFest, a unique, nonpartisan, interactive celebration of American politics. Carol spent most of her career serving two universities — the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University — as a senior-level administrator. In 2000, she was named to the position of Executive Director of The Pennsylvania Society — the first woman to hold that post in the Society's 118-year history. Carol Fitzgerald is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Master's Degree from Drexel University.

 
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The Honorable James J. Fitzgerald, III

Doctor of Laws

The Honorable James J. Fitzgerald, III, Senior Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, is a gentleman measured by the strength of his character and the extraordinary discipline in his labors throughout many levels of the judiciary system. Justice Fitzgerald has forged a distinguished career path that began in Philadelphia’s Office of the District Attorney, moved to running the government affairs Division of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and subsequently, garnered a position on the bench of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where he became the Administrative Judge of the Trial Division. In 2007, he became an Interim Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Since 2008, he has served as a Senior Judge on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Justice Fitzgerald is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Villanova School of Law.