May 13, 2017
Three hundred fifty-two students were awarded bachelor’s or master’s degrees by President Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., in a traditional public ceremony which recognized the completion of their degree studies at the 171st annual commencement of Saint Vincent College on Saturday, May 13, in the Robert S. Carey Student Center.
Dr. Ellen Wartella, chair of the department of communication studies in the school of communication at Northwestern University and the director of the Center on Media and Human Development, was the main speaker and was also recognized with the conferral of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
Presiding over the academic exercises was the Right Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor of Saint Vincent College and Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey.
The invocation was also given by Archabbot Douglas. The Benediction was given by the Rev. Killian Loch, O.S.B., director of campus ministry.
Dr. John J. Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, was master of ceremonies.
The deans of Saint Vincent College’s four schools announced the names of the graduates: Dr. Gary M. Quinlivan, dean of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government; Dr. Stephen M. Jodis, dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing; Fr. Rene M. Kollar, dean of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts; and Dr. Mary Beth Spore, dean of the School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education.
The singing of the Alma Mater was led by Noelle L. Patrick, a member of the senior class.
Music was performed by the Carnegie Brass Quintet and members of the Saint Vincent College Singers directed by Thomas Octave, assistant professor of music.
Concluding remarks were given by Brian D. Niemiec, senior class president.
After the ceremony, the historic Ave Maria bell was rung by Niemiec and Peter S. Reiter, former president of the Student Government Association.
Graduates and their families and friends attended a reception in Melvin Platz following the ceremony.
The home towns of members of the graduating class represented 15 states and one foreign country including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and China.
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