Immaculata University Holds 2011 Commencement
Immaculata University will hold it 2011 commencement ceremony on Monday, May 16, at noon at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Students from the College of Undergraduate Studies, the College of LifeLong Learning, and the College of Graduate Studies will receive their degrees. The main speaker will be Benjamin S. Carson, M.D., and the Immaculata Medal will be presented to John Foley, S.J. A baccalaureate Mass will be held on Sunday, May 15 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 510 graduates. Nineteen students will receive Doctor of Education degrees, and 55 will receive Master of Arts degrees. Of the 436 undergraduate students, 202 will graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees; 154 with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees; 68 with Bachelor of Science degrees; eight with Bachelor of Music degrees; and four with associate degrees.
Dr. Ben Carson, a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children´s Center for nearly 25 years. His excellent hand-eye coordination has made him a successful surgeon, performing many ground-breaking procedures in his impressive career, such as separating craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head. In 2001, CNN and TIME Magazine named him one of the nation´s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. In 2008, Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the nation. He is a sought-after public speaker and promotes academic excellence and community service through the Carson Scholars Fund. Immaculata University will present him with an honorary doctorate degree during the commencement ceremony.
John Foley, S.J., 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. For 34 years, Fr. Foley served the Jesuit missions in Peru, working primarily in education. In 1995, Foley returned to Chicago and helped establish Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, which provides a Catholic college preparatory education for economically disadvantaged students in urban communities. Under an innovative work-study program, these students help fund their own education and gain valuable experience by working one day a week in entry-level jobs at local companies. As more schools sought to replicate the model of this original school, the Cristo Rey Network formed and now includes 24 schools educating 6,500 students who would not have otherwise had access to a quality education. The schools have a very low drop-out rate and an extremely high percentage of graduates who are accepted to college. In 2008, Foley received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation´s second highest civilian honor.
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.
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