More than 2,800 students to receive degrees May 16

Author: Julie Hail Flory


More than 2,800 students will receive degrees Sunday (May 16) at the University of Notre Dames 159th Commencement exercises, which will be held at 2 p.m. in the Joyce Center on campus.p. Justice Alan C. Page, a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court and a 1967 Notre Dame graduate, will be the principal speaker and will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, president and treasurer of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Boston, will receive the 2004 Laetare Medal, the most prestigious award given to American Catholics, and also will address the convocation.p. Sarah Streicher, a double major in English and French from Toledo, Ohio, will deliver the valedictory address.p. Degrees will be conferred on 1,921 undergraduates; 316 masters and doctoral students in the Notre Dame Graduate School; 410 masters degree students in the Mendoza College of Business; and 181 Notre Dame Law School students.p. In addition to Page, other honorary degree recipients are: Jose A. Cabranes, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Sister Anita de Luna, MCDP, assistant professor of religious studies and director of the Center for Women in Church and Society at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio; John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University; Elaine Kim, professor of Asian American studies and associate dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley; Terrence J. McGlinn, president and owner of All Star Distributing Company, Inc.; Rev. Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, O.P., Dominican priest and professor at the École Biblique et Archeologique Francaise in Jerusalem; Homer A. Neal, high energy physicist at the University of Michigan; James D. Sinegal, founder, president and chief executive officer of Costco Wholesale Corp.; Roxanne Spillett, president of Boys&Girls Clubs of America; and Peter Tannock, vice chancellor of the University of Notre Dame Australia.

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