Immaculata University Prepares for Largest Graduating Class at 2010 Commencement

Immaculata University´s 86th class, the largest ever, will graduate at commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 16, at the Valley Forge Convention Center, starting at 1:00 p.m. Students representing the College of Undergraduate Studies, the College of LifeLong Learning, and the College of Graduate Studies will receive their degrees.
Serving as the main commencement speaker, Saint Joseph´s University´s men´s basketball coach Phil Martelli will also be an honorary doctorate degree recipient. The Immaculata Medal will be awarded to Christine Beck, president of The Gesu School.
The president of Immaculata University, Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., will confer degrees on 865 graduates. Forty-five students will receive the Doctor of Education degree while 16 will be awarded the Doctor of Psychology degree. Of the remaining graduates, 129 will receive the Master of Arts degrees and five the Master of Science in Nursing degree. Undergraduate students receiving their Bachelor of Arts degrees account for 289 graduates while 78 will earn the Bachelor of Science and 268 will receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. There are 14 students receiving the Bachelor of Music degree. In addition, there are 21 students earning their associate degrees.
Phil Martelli
Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient –
Doctor of Humane Letters
With striking similarities between Immaculata University´s values and Phil Martelli´s extraordinary community work as a coach and leader, Phil is providing the graduating students a model of true Catholic service, leadership, and social responsibility. Channeling his passion for basketball has made him a successful men´s basketball coach with a career record of 261-152 at St. Joseph´s University where he has been since 1995. In 2004, when St. Joe´s went undefeated, he earned many accolades including National Coach of the Year, the Naismith College Coach of the Year, the Associated Press Coach of the Year, the Chevrolet Coach of the Year, the Henry Iba Award, and received the 2004 Rupp Cup. He has also been honored as Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year four times. In addition, he served as head coach for the 2005 USA Basketball Under-21 World Championship Team. As an active leader in the community, Phil volunteers his time to raise awareness and funding for the Philadelphia chapter of Coaches vs. Cancer, which is one of the top fund-raising groups in the country. In 2004, the March of Dimes named him Man of the Year.
Christine Beck
Immaculata Medal Recipient
Since 1976, Immaculata University has bestowed the Immaculata Medal on men and women who have publicly exercised creative leadership in the arts, letters, sciences, or professions or served the college in an extraordinary manner. The 2010 recipient, Christine Beck, provides an excellent example of an individual whose life is consistent with the highest values and aspirations of Catholic Education. With various leadership roles as the trustee, president, and CEO of Gesu School, a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Joseph´s Preparatory School, and a member of the Board of the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education organization, Christine is dedicated to making it possible for young people of limited means to be prepared to take leadership roles in society. Among her many national and regional awards are the United States Tennis Association Service Bowl, the Special Merit Award for Women, and the Kennedy Award for "contribution to social progress of young people," and the Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia Take the Lead Award.
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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