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Sister Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., will speak and will receive the Immaculata Medal at the College of Undergraduate Studies commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m.

Sister Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., APRN, FAANSister Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., commencement speaker and Immaculata Medal recipient 2017

Working to improve the lives of the elderly, immigrants, veterans, children, people with disabilities or mental illness, and victims of violence, Sister Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN, is raising awareness of national social justice issues. Her work demonstrates her creative leadership and Catholic values that make her an ideal candidate for the 2017 Immaculata Medal.

Referring to herself as a “Sister Nurse,” Sister Rosemary is a member of the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. 

As the recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow in 1977, Sister Rosemary gleaned valuable experience in health policy on Capitol Hill.  She spent her early career at The Catholic University of America, where she served as dean of Nursing before being named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the University. During her tenure at The Catholic University of America, she was instrumental in securing federally funded grants and devoting resources to educate graduate nursing students, especially minority nurses, to work with vulnerable populations and preparing nurses to work in community and public health. In 2009, she joined Duquesne University School of Nursing where she holds the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations.

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University, Sister Rosemary continued her education receiving both a master's in Nursing Education and a Ph.D. in Higher Education/Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. She later earned a certificate in Primary Care from The Catholic University of America.

Sister Rosemary has been the recipient of numerous awards.  The American Academy of Nursing named Sister Rosemary a living legend and she was awarded the Elizabeth Seton Medal from Seton Hill University. She served as president of the National League for Nursing, and president of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, and was the former senior editor of Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Sister Rosemary has authored over 120 publications and book chapters, and has presented her work at countless national and international conferences.

For her outreach, compassion and desire to educate others in caring for vulnerable populations, and for her dedicated life of service to the Catholic Church, Immaculata University is pleased to honor Sister Rosemary Donley with the Immaculata Medal.


Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D.

Retiring Immaculata University President Sister Patricia Fadden will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.), during the College of Undergraduate Studies ceremony and will serve as speaker for both the College of Graduate Studies and College of LifeLong Learning ceremonies on Friday, May 19 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m., respectively.

Upon her retirement, Immaculata's Board of Trustees is acknowledging Sister Patricia for her service as the ninth president of Immaculata University since 2002. During her presidency, she oversaw Immaculata’s transition to University status and the successful move to coeducation in 2005. She led several renovation and construction projects including the Draper Walsh Stadium, the Lillian Lettiere Center and initiated the campaign to construct a new Student Center. Sister Pat’s presence in the community has been invaluable to Immaculata University with her leadership roles within the PAC/CSAC athletic conferences of the NCAA and her service as a board member for several education-related organizations such as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education, among others.

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