May 3, 2013

More than 750 students to graduate from three Catholic colleges in archdiocese

Criterion staff report

Students, families and educators will join in the celebration as the three Catholic colleges in the archdiocese hold their graduation ceremonies in May.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the Woods will celebrate its 173rd commencement on May 4 when the 80 graduates of its Class of 2013 will be honored.

Graduates will receive their degrees during the ceremony that begins at 2 p.m. in the Cecilian Auditorium of the college’s Conservatory of Music.

The commencement speaker will be Elizabeth Hagerman, vice-president of Rose-Hulman Ventures at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute. A biomedical engineer, Hagerman is an expert in tissue engineering, cell adhesion and bone regeneration.

Hagerman will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

The college’s Distinguished Alumnae Award will be presented to Virginia Smith, a 1989 graduate. Smith is a member of the board of directors of First Financial Corporation and the president of Princeton Mining Co. She served as a board member of the college from 1993-97 and from 2001-10.

Marian University

When Marian University in Indianapolis celebrates its 76th commencement at 10 a.m. on May 11, the Franciscan college will once again confer degrees on a record number of graduates—627.

The commencement speaker will be U.S. Congresswoman Susan Brooks. She represents the 5th District of Indiana, a district that includes eight counties in central Indiana.

Brooks will also receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree during the ceremony which will be held at St. Vincent Health Field on the Marian campus.

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

Forty-six students are expected to receive master’s degrees when Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad holds its commencement on May 11.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. central time in St. Bede Theater on the Saint Meinrad campus. Archbishop Patrick Pinder of the Archdiocese of Nassau in the Bahamas will be the commencement speaker.

Mass for the graduates and their guests begins at 10:30 a.m. central time on May 11 in the Archabbey Church. †

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