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REV. JAMES MARTIN, S.J. (CANISIUS, CREIGHTON & GONZAGA COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER; PHOTO BY GONZAGA UNIVERSITY))
2016 Commencement Speakers at Jesuit Colleges and Universities
It's that time of year again! The following is a list of speakers and dates for the 2016 commencement ceremonies at the twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States:

Boston College: 5/23  

Ernest J. Moniz (U.S. Secretary of Energy; BC '66) 

Canisius College: Undergrad: 5/21, Grad: 5/18 
Undergrad: Rev. James Martin, S.J. (Bestselling Author and Editor-at-large, America Magazine), Grad: Terrance McGuire (Founding Partner of Polaris Partners) 

College of the Holy Cross: 5/27 
Honorable Harry K. Thomas, Jr. (U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe; Holy Cross '78) 

Creighton University: 5/14 
Rev. James Martin, S.J. (Bestselling Author and Editor-at-large, America Magazine) 

Fairfield University: Undergrad, Grad: 5/22 
Undergrad: Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J. (Principal and President of the Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya), Grad: Cindi Bigelow (President and CEO of Bigelow Tea; Philanthropist) 

Fordham University: 5/21 
David J. Skorton, MD (13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.) 

Georgetown University: School of Foreign Service in Qatar: 5/5, McCourt School of Public Policy: 5/19, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, McDonough School of Business (Graduate), School of Continuing Studies: 5/20, Georgetown College, School of Nursing & Health Studies, McDonough School of Business (Undergraduate), Walsh School of Foreign Service: 5/21, Medical School, Law Center: 5/22 

  • School of Foreign Service in Qatar: Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (Chairperson of Qatar Museums, Doha Film Institute, and Reach out to Asia) 
  • McCourt School of Public Policy: Gayle Smith (Administrator, United States Agency for International Development) 
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: Elena Poniatowska Amor (Journalist, Novelist, Poet) 
  • McDonough School of Business, Graduate: Penny Pritzker (38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce) 
  • School of Continuing Studies: Daniel Pink (Best-Selling Author) 
  • Georgetown College: Alexandra Cousteau (Explorer, Storyteller, Water Advocate; Georgetown '98) 
  • School of Nursing & Health Studies: Beverly Malone (CEO, National League for Nursing) 
  • McDonough School of Business, Undergraduate: Bruce Broussard (President and CEO, Humana, Inc.) 
  • School of Foreign Service: Jeh Johnson (Secretary of Homeland Security) 
  • School of Medicine: Kelley Michael Skeff (George Deforest Barnett Professor of Medicine, Stanford University) 
  • Law Center: Eric David Rosenthal (Founder and Executive Director, Disability Rights International; Georgetown '92), Zhang Yuejiao (Appellate Body Member, World Trade Organization; Georgetown '83) 
Gonzaga University: Undergrad: 5/8, Law, Grad: 5/7 
Undergrad: Rev. James Martin, S.J. (Bestselling Author and Editor-at-large, America Magazine), Law: Robert Ferguson (Washington State Attorney General), Grad: Michael Gurian (Spokane-Based Author and Certified Mental Health Counselor) 

John Carroll University: 5/22 
Beth E. Mooney (Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp) 

Le Moyne College: Undergrad: 5/22, Grad: 5/20 
Undergrad: Jeanette Epps (NASA Astronaut; Le Moyne '92), Grad: Virginia "Ginny" Donohue (Founder of Higher Education Non-Profit Organization, On Point for College; Le Moyne '69) 

Loyola Marymount University: Undergrad: 5/7, Grad: 5/8 
Undergrad: Bill Clinton (42nd President of the United States; Founder of the Clinton Foundation), Grad: Steve Mosko (Sony Pictures Television Chairman) 

Loyola University Chicago: School of Education/Graduate School & Institute of Pastoral Studies: 5/10, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing/School of Social Work: 5/11, Quinlan School of Business/School of Communication: 5/12, Arts & Sciences: 5/13, School of Continuing & Professional Studies: 5/15, School of Law/Stritch School of Medicine: 5/21 

  • School of Education: LeViis Haney (Principal, Joseph Lovett Elementary School; LUC ’11) 
  • Graduate School & Institute of Pastoral Studies: E.J. Dionne, Jr. (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Columnist, The Washington Post) 
  • Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing: Ann Scott Blouin, RN, Ph.D. (Executive Vice President, Customer Relations, The Joint Commission; LUC '80) 
  • School of Social Work: Sr. Rosemary Connelly, RSM (Executive Director, Misericordia Heart of Mercy; LUC '66) 
  • Quinlan School of Business: Keith R. Cienkus (Divisional VP, Global Operations, Abbott Diagnostics; LUC '89, '95) 
  • School of Communication: Bill Plante (Senior White House Correspondent, CBS News; LUC '59) 
  • College of Arts and Sciences (Arts): Mary Ann Hynes, JD, LLM, MBA (General Counsel, Archdiocese of Chicago; LUC '90) 
  • College of Arts and Sciences (Sciences and Institute of Environmental Sustainability): Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD (Neurosurgeon, Researcher & Author affiliated with Johns Hopkins University) 
  • School of Continuing & Professional Studies: Steve J. Bernas (President and CEO, Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois; LUC '87) 
  • School of Law: Hon. J. Phil Gilbert (Senior Judge, Southern District of Illinois; LUC '74) 
  • Stritch School of Medicine: Darrell G. Kirch, MD (President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges) 
Loyola University Maryland: 5/21 
Wes Moore (Bestselling Author, Army Veteran and Social Entrepreneur) 

Loyola University New Orleans: 5/21 
Harry Connick, Jr. (Internationally-Known Jazz Musician, Actor and Philanthropist; Former Loyola University New Orleans Student) 

Marquette University: 5/22 
Dr. Judith Mayotte (Teacher, Author, Television Producer and Humanitarian, Marquette '76) 

Regis University: Undergrad: 5/1, Grad: 4/30 
Dr. Patricia Ladewig (Provost, Regis University) 

Rockhurst University: 5/14 
Undergrad: Lauren Herrmann (Bachelor's Degree Candidate in Nursing, Rockhurst '16), Grad: Caroline Ludwig (Doctoral Degree Candidate in Physical Therapy, Rockhurst '16) 

Saint Joseph's University: Undergrad, Grad: 5/14 
Undergrad: Daniel J. Hilferty III (President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross; SJU '78), Grad: Jim Gardner (Philadelphia's 6ABC “Action News” Reporter and Anchor) 

Saint Louis University: 5/14 
Kevin F. O’Malley, J.D. (U.S. Ambassador to Ireland; SLU '70, '73) 

Saint Peter's University: 5/23 
France A. Córdova (Director of the National Science Foundation) 

Santa Clara University: Undergrad: 6/11, Grad: 6/10, Law/Jesuit School of Theology: 5/21 
Undergrad: Carolyn Y. Woo (President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services), Law: Mariano-Florentino Cuellar (California Supreme Court Justice), Lucy Haeran Koh (U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California), Jesuit School of Theology: Rev. Donald Cozzens (Author, Commentator and Writer-in-Residence at John Carroll University) 

Seattle University: Undergrad, Grad: 6/12 
Undergrad: Geoffrey Canada (President and Founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone), Grad: Dr. John J. DeGioia (President of Georgetown University) 

Spring Hill College: 5/7 
Jo Ann Jenkins (Chief Executive Officer, AARP; SHC '80) 

University of Detroit Mercy: Undergrad/Grad: 5/14, Dentistry/Law: 5/13 
Undergrad/Grad: Margaret Auer (Former Dean of Libraries for the University of Detroit Mercy; UDM '65), Dentistry: Dr. Marko Vujicic (Managing Vice President, Health Policy Resources Center, American Dental Association), Law: Anthony Asher (Managing Partner, Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C.; UDM '61, '65) 

University of San Francisco: School of Nursing & Health Professions: 5/19, College of Arts & Sciences (Undergrad, Grad)/School of Education: 5/20, School of Management (Undergrad, Grad)/Law: 5/21 

  • School of Nursing and Health Professions: Judith F. Karshmer (Dean & Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco) 
  • Undergraduate Humanities & Sciences: Carl William Nolte (Reporter and Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle) 
  • Undergraduate Arts & Social Sciences: Regina Gayle Jackson (President and CEO, East Oakland Youth Development Center) 
  • Graduate Arts and Sciences: Tobias Wolff (Ward W. & Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the Humanities [Emeritus] at Stanford University) 
  • School of Education Ceremony: Olga Castillo Talamante (Executive Director, Chicana Latina Foundation) 
  • Undergraduate School of Management: Dixon R. Doll, Ph.D. (Co-founder, Partner Emeritus, DCM) 
  • Undergraduate Professional & Graduate School of Management: Sabeen Ali (CEO, Angelhack) 
  • School of Law: Honorable Edward M. Chen (Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of California) 
University of Scranton: Undergrad: 5/29, Grad: 5/28
Undergrad: Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M. (Co-Founder, Executive Director and President of Project HOME), Grad: Joseph P. Bannon, M.D. (Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Regional Hospital of Scranton; Scranton '83) 

Wheeling Jesuit University: 5/7 
Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J. (President of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States) 

Xavier University: 5/14 
Undergrad: Lynn Marmer (Executive Director of the Child Poverty Collaborative; First Female Corporate Officer of The Kroger Co.), Grad: Gary Sharpe (CEO of Health Care Logistics and Bricolage; Xavier '79). PLEASE NOTE: The Honorable John A. Boehner (53rd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Xavier '77) will receive the Charles P. Gallagher Leadership Medallion Award and speak briefly at the undergraduate ceremony). 

(Source: AJCU)



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