Friday, May 9, 2014

5-10-14 marian university commencement

Marian University will hold its 74th spring commencement on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17.  The Commencement weekend will begin on Friday, May 16, with the School of Nursing pinning ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Marian's Sadoff Gymnasium. The School of Education will also hold its pinning and commissioning ceremony on Friday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. in Dorcas Chapel. All graduates and guests are invited to the President's Champagne Reception in the Hornung Student Center at 6:00 p.m. following the ceremonies.  Activities on Saturday, May 17 will begin with a Graduation Liturgy in Dorcas Chapel at 10:30 a.m. The graduation ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. outdoor on the Marian University quad.  Marian alumna, Dr. Tosha Meredith Œ94 will be the commencement speaker. Meredith is also the owner of Transformational Management Services Inc., a management consulting firm that specializes in providing financial literacy training for low-to-moderate income citizens and attempts to "change the economy one mind at a time."  

Dr. Dianne Bergant, CSA, will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree. Bergant was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2000-01) and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past twenty years. 

Dr. Patrick G. Coy will be presented with the Magnificat Award. Coy is Professor of Political Science and Conflict Management at Kent State University and Director of the Center for Applied Conflict Management, which was set up as the university's original "living memorial" to the KSU students killed by the Ohio National Guard while protesting the U.S. war on Vietnam and Cambodia on May 4, 1970.

In addition, Dr. Bruce Prall, will earn Professor Emeritus status. Prall served as a professor of chemistry and physical science in Marian University¹s School of Arts and Sciences for 42 years, and was an integral part of the growth of Marian University, especially in the athletics department. As one of the first lay male faculty at Marian, Dr. Prall began as an assistant professor of chemistry. Dr. Prall oversaw the development and growth of athletics at Marian and served in several administrative positions during his tenure, including associate dean, division chairperson and interim vice president of academic affairs, as well as Marian¹s first athletic director and coach for both men¹s and women¹s basketball.

Tickets are required for the graduation ceremony in the event of inclement weather. For more information, contact Hillary Anderson at (920) 923-8133 or email<>.

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