Immaculata University Commencement
Immaculata University´s 81st class will graduate at commencement ceremonies at the Valley Forge Convention Center on Sunday, May 15. Students graduating from the College of Undergraduate Studies, the College of LifeLong Learning, and the College of Graduate Studies will receive their diplomas at a 1:00 p.m. ceremony. Presiding at the commencement will be Sister Rose Marie De Carlo, IHM, chair of the Board of Trustees.
Addressing the graduates will be Dr. Helen AlvarÃ©, a summa cum laude graduate of Villanova University and a graduate of Cornell University School of Law. Dr. Helen AlvarÃ© is the first recipient to be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. This award is presented for accomplishments and contributions in areas such as science, social science, education, theory and literature, education, theology, and creative arts. Mr. John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, will be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. This award is presented for his many accomplishments and contributions in areas such as politics, business, industry, government, and justice and social activism.
Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, EdD, president of Immaculata University, will confer degrees on 672 graduates. Twenty-seven will receive the Doctor of Education degree while 18 will be awarded the Doctor of Psychology degree. Of the remaining graduates, 105 will receive the Master of Arts degree; 288, the Bachelor of Arts degree; six, the Bachelor of Music degree; 20, the Bachelor of Science degree; 173, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree; one, the Associates of Arts degree and 34, the Associate of Science degree.
Dr. Helen AlvarÃ©, J.D., M.A., joined the faculty of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. as a professor of law, teaching family, property, and legislation law. She holds a master´s degree in theology from the Catholic University of America. Dr. AlvarÃ© is a nationally recognized advocate for pro-life issues.
Dr. AlvarÃ© was appointed by George W. Bush to advise the Department of Health
and Human Services regarding research about children´s health and welfare. She
testified before federal congressional committees and lobbied Congress on federal legislation concerning abortion, health care and welfare reform. In 1994, Dr. AlvarÃ© was named as one of Time magazine´s top 50 leaders in America under the age of 40. In April 2002, Dr. AlvarÃ© was appointed by Philadelphia Archbishop Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua to chair the Commission on the Protection of Children and Clerical Conduct.
John C. Bogle is a 1951 magna cum laude graduate in economics from Princeton University. As founder of the Vanguard Group, one of the world´s largest investment management companies, Mr. Bogle set the standard for other investment companies to follow. Under his leadership, the Vanguard Group became and still remains a leading contender in the mutual fund industry. Currently, he is president of the Bogle Financial Markets Research Center.
Mr. Bogle is the author of four (4) best selling books including his most recent Character Counts: The Creation and Building of The Vanguard Group. He is the recipient of many awards and honorary doctorate degrees. In 2004, Time magazine named Mr. Bogle one of the world´s 100 most powerful and influential people. In 2000, he was named by the Commonwealth´s Chamber of Commerce as Pennsylvania´s Business Leader of the Year.
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.
z:word/release:Commencement 2005 (May 2, 2005)