Carolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D.
Commencement Speaker & Immaculata Medal Recipient
As president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) since 2012, Carolyn Woo, Ph.D., oversees the official international humanitarian agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. CRS is one of the world’s largest and most respected international relief and development agencies, reaching more than 85 million people in 101 countries on five continents.
Prior to joining CRS, Woo enjoyed a distinguished academic career serving as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business for 14 years. During her tenure as dean, the Mendoza College was frequently recognized as the nation’s leading business school relating to ethics education and research.
Born and raised in Hong Kong where she was educated by the Maryknoll Sisters of Ossining, Woo immigrated to the United States to attend Purdue University. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Purdue and joined the faculty in 1981. She directed the professional master’s programs in the Krannert School of Management for two years and also served as associate executive vice president for academic affairs.
From 2004 to 2010, Woo served as one of the first lay members on the Board of Directors of CRS. Currently, she dedicates her time and expertise as a board member for several organizations, including Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She occupies two board positions within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Migration & Refugee Services and the International Policy Committee. In 2015, she recounted her faith and work at CRS in the book Working for a Better World published by Our Sunday Visitor. In 2013, Woo was named one of the 500 Most Powerful People on the Planet (and one of only 33 in the category listed as a “force for good”) by Foreign Policy.
Woo lives in Baltimore with her husband; they have two grown sons.
Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree Recipient
As an investigative reporter for Eyewitness News on CBS-3 in Philadelphia, Walt Hunter is one of the region’s most outstanding and distinguished reporters. Hunter has earned numerous awards and honors, including 16 Philadelphia Emmy Awards, with the most recent in 2014 in the “Crime News” category. He has also been honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the Associated Press, and the Philadelphia Press Association. Hunter is a 2007 inductee into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. In addition to his television honors, he served for seven years as co-host of 1210 WPHT’s weekly radio show, Crime Guys, and earned the Outstanding Radio Story award in 2010.
Beginning at CBS-3 in 1980 as a reporter on the police beat, Hunter made a reputation by asking hard-driving and in-depth questions that, in many circumstances, have had a profound, lasting and positive effect on Philadelphia through reform and policy changes. At 23, Hunter began his career as the youngest managing editor of the Main Line Times before serving five years as the police beat reporter for WCAU-AM.
A native of Philadelphia, Hunter worked his way through college working as a deck-hand on an oil barge at a Philadelphia refinery. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. His personal contributions of service in civic and cultural arenas are evidenced in his 29 years as a volunteer firefighter in his community and his dedication to covering the unfolding story of Duffy’s Cut where 57 Irish railroad workers died in 1832.
Hunter lives with his wife in Wayne; they have two grown children.