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Immaculata University Prepares for Commencement 2007

Immaculata University´s 83rd class will graduate at the commencement ceremony held at the Valley Forge Convention Center on Sunday, May 20. 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.
Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., director of Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia, will address the graduates as the principal commencement speaker and will receive the Immaculata Medal during the ceremony. The Immaculata Medal has been bestowed over the years on men and women who have publicly exercised creative leadership or given of sound scholarship in the arts, letters, sciences, or professions or served the college in an extraordinary manner. These are individuals whose lives are consistent with the highest values and aspirations of Catholic education. Some of the former recipients include: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Walter Annenberg. Dr. John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and president of the International Institute for Culture in Philadelphia, will receive the honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Laws.
Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, EdD, president of Immaculata University, will confer degrees on 619 graduates. Twenty-two will receive the Doctor of Education degree while ten will be awarded the Doctor of Psychology degree. Of the remaining graduates, 104 will receive the Master of Arts degree; six will receive the Master of Science in Nursing degree; 235, the Bachelor of Arts degree; 5, the Bachelor of Music degree; 23, the Bachelor of Science degree; 179, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree; 2, the Associate of Arts degree and 33, the Associate of Science degree.

Sister Mary Scullion
Since 1978, Sister Mary Scullion has been involved in service work and advocacy for the homeless and mentally ill persons. Sister Mary co-founded Women of Hope (WOH) in 1985, under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 1988, Sister Mary helped to establish the Outreach Coordination Center, an innovative program coordinating private and public agencies doing outreach to chronically homeless persons in Center City Philadelphia. In 1989, Sister Mary Scullion co-founded Project H.O.M.E
(Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, Education) with Joan Dawson McConnon, a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education and health care to enable persons who are homeless and economically poor to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Today, Project H.O.M.E has grown from an emergency shelter to 273 units of housing and three businesses that provide employment to formerly homeless persons. In addition, Project H.O.M.E. has leveraged over $20,000,000 in equity towards housing development.
Sister Mary Scullion is the recipient of numerous awards including the Liberty Bell Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Prudential National Nonprofit Leadership Award and the 1992 Philadelphia Award. In 2002 Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon were awarded the Ford Foundation´s prestigious Leadership for a Changing World Award.
Dr. John Haas
Before assuming presidency of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and the International Institute for Culture in Philadelphia, Dr. Haas was the John Cardinal Krol Professor of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. During his career, Dr. Hass taught as an adjunct professor at the Pontifical John Paul П Institute for Studies in Marriage and the Family, in Washington, D.C. Dr. Haas was the producer and host of the St. Charles Forum shown on the Eternal Word Television Network. Dr. Haas was also Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH, and a member of the faculty of an interdisciplinary program on ethical issues in the helping professions at Ohio State University. Currently Dr. Haas, his wife, Martha, and nine children live in Philadelphia. Dr. Haas will be the recipient of the honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Laws. This award is presented for accomplishments and contributions in areas such as politics, business, industry, government, and justice and social activism.
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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