Chestnut Hill College is proud to celebrate its 90th Commencement on Saturday, May 13, at which time 270 students will receive their diplomas. The ceremony will be held in the Grand Tent with a simulcast in Sorgenti Arena. The procession begins at 10:30 and Commencement begins at 11 a.m.
Chris Lowney, writer, leadership consultant and public speaker, will deliver CHC’s Commencement address. Lowney is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare/hospital systems, with more than 100 hospitals around the country. Previously, Lowney served as a managing director of J.P. Morgan & Co. on three continents. He has lectured globally on leadership, business ethics and related topics.
Lowney is a former Jesuit seminarian and the founding president of Jesuit Commons, which offers online university education in refugee camps in Africa and elsewhere; he conceived and co-founded Contemplative Leaders in Action, an emerging leader formation program; and he founded Pilgrimage for Our Children’s Future, which funds education and healthcare projects in the developing world.
He is the author of several books, including the bestselling “Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World.” He also has authored “Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, “ and, most recently, “Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church.”
Lowney earned his BA and MA from Fordham University. He will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Commencement.
Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees also will be awarded to Brighid Blake, board member of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) and former executive director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE), Elisa Costantini, author and philanthropist, and Thomas J. Lynch, vice president and portfolio manager at Haverford Trust Company.
For full bios on the degree recipients and more information on CHC’s Commencement, visit www.chc.edu/commencement.
— Brenda Lange