88th Annual Commencement Ceremony
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Immaculata University will hold its 88th Annual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m. on the campus of Immaculata University. The last time Commencement was held outside, on the grounds of Immaculata University, was in 1975. This is the largest graduating class in the history of Immaculata. Students from the College of Undergraduate Studies, the College of LifeLong Learning, and the College of Graduate Studies will receive their degrees. The Commencement speaker will be James Martin, S.J., a Jesuit priest, author, and culture editor of America magazine. The Immaculata Medal will be presented to Barbara and Al Gabriele. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Villa Maria House of Studies Chapel.
The president of Immaculata University, Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., will confer degrees on 949 graduates. Forty-six students will receive Doctor of Education degrees, while nine students will earn Psy.D. degrees, and 137 will receive Master of Arts degrees and nine will receive the Master of Science in Nursing. Of the 737 undergraduate students, 258 will graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees; 360 with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees; 107 with Bachelor of Science degrees; twelve with Bachelor of Music degrees; and 11 with associate degrees.
Father James Martin will be the keynote speaker and the recipient of an honorary degree. As a prolific writer, Father Martin is the author of several books including My Life with the Saints, his bestselling memoir which was named one of the best books of 2006 by Publishers Weekly and received first place award from the Catholic Press Association. His books have been translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese, Polish, Chinese and Korean. He has also commented on religion and spirituality in the national and international media. In addition to his editorial, publishing, and media work, Father Martin conducts seminars and retreats. Immaculata University will present him with an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.), during the Commencement ceremony.
Barbara and Al Gabriele will receive the Immaculata Medal, an award given to people who have publicly exercised creative leadership, demonstrated sound scholarship in their field, or served the university in an extraordinary way. Their affiliation with Immaculata began in 1985 when Al began his service on the Board of Trustees. With his leadership, he guided the University through its first major campaign. In 1993, Al and his family donated the funds to establish Gabriele Library. He continued to serve on the Board of Trustees until 2005. For many years, Barbara and Al Gabriele have dedicated their lives to Catholic education and philanthropic endeavors throughout the region.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.