Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the principal address and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree atBenedictineColleges commencement exercises Saturday (May 13).
Located inAtchison,Kan.,BenedictineCollegeis a four-year, Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts and residential college. Notre Dames president emeritus, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., received the fourth of his record 150 honorary degrees in 1958 from what was then St. Benedicts College.
Father Jenkins took office as the 17 th president of Notre Dame onJuly 1, 2005. He was elected by the Universitys Board of Trustees to a five-year termApril 30, 2004, and served for the next 14 months as president-elect.
A professor of philosophy, Father Jenkins specializes in the areas of ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy and the philosophy of religion. He is the author ofKnowledge and Faith in Thomas Aquinas,which was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997.
Prior to his election as president, Father Jenkins served as a vice president and associate provost and as religious superior of the Holy Cross priests and brothers at Notre Dame.
Father Jenkins earned two degrees in philosophy fromOxfordUniversityin 1987 and 1989. He earned his master of divinity degree and licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology atBerkeley,Calif., in 1988. Prior to entering the Congregation of Holy Cross, he earned bachelors and masters degrees in philosophy from Notre Dame in 1976 and 1978, respectively.
Father Jenkins was ordained a priest in Notre Dames Basilica of the Sacred Heart in 1983.