University Communications

Immaculata University Prepares for Commencement 2006

Immaculata University´s 82nd class will graduate at the commencement ceremony to be held at the Valley Forge Convention Center on Sunday, May 21. 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.
Reverend J. Bryan Hehir, former president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA and current professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will address the graduates as the principal commencement speaker. Father Hehir is the recipient of the honorary doctorate 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, theology, and creative arts. Dr. John L. Esposito, Georgetown University professor and founding director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, will also be awarded the honorary doctorate degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, EdD, president of Immaculata University, will confer degrees on 632 graduates. Thirty-three will receive the Doctor of Education degree while 12 will be awarded the Doctor of Psychology degree. Of the remaining graduates, 110 will receive the Master of Arts degree; 254, the Bachelor of Arts degree; six, the Bachelor of Music degree; 16, the Bachelor of Science degree; 177, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree; two, the Associates of Arts degree and 22, the Associate of Science degree.

Reverend J. Bryan Hehir
After serving as president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, from 2001-2003, Reverend Hehir returned to The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life. He previously held a faculty position at that institution. He is currently the president of Catholic Charities and the secretary for Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston. During his career, Fr. Hehir worked for the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops in Washington, DC, for almost 20 years, and served as a faculty member at Georgetown University and Harvard Divinity School.
Fr. Hehir is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Catholic Theological Society. In addition, he serves on the boards of such organizations as the Arms Control Association and the Council for a Livable World. Fr. Hehir has received over 25 honorary degrees from American colleges and universities.

John L. Esposito
John L. Esposito, one of the country´s top Islam scholars, earned a doctorate in religious studies from Temple University. He devoted his career to helping the public at large better understand the connection between Islam and Christianity. For his efforts, Dr. Esposito received the American Academy of Religion´s 2005 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.
Dr. Esposito has authored or edited more than 30 books. Some of his most recent books include Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk, What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, and Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam.
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/releases: Commencement 2006 #117
3.22.06