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Carlos Cardoso Honored by SVC with Doctoral Degree

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Posted: Monday Dec 19, 2011

December 19, 2011

Kennametal chairman Carlos M. Cardoso was honored by Saint Vincent College at Saturday’s December Commencement Ceremony with the conferral of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

“You have continued the tradition which the McKenna family established from its foundation to make Kennametal a vital part of the greater community,” commented Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College, in making the presentation. “We are grateful for the friendship and the mutual support Saint Vincent has enjoyed with the people of Kennametal for many years. Our partnership has been a benefit both for the economic and the cultural life of the community.”

“It is with a sense of satisfaction and pride that today we honor you as a friend from our own neighborhood,” Br. Norman said.

The complete text of the citation that was read by Br. Norman is as follows:

“By conferring honorary degrees, the Faculty and President affirm that the values Saint Vincent publicly upholds and teaches its students as a Catholic, Benedictine college of the liberal arts and sciences are not merely abstract ideals, but can become realities in a person’s way of life. The College, by honoring such persons who have incorporated significant aspects of these values into their lives, continues to teach our students by presenting living role models as guides for their own personal development. Today, at these commencement exercises, marking the 165th anniversary of its founding, Saint Vincent College honors Carlos M. Cardoso by conferring upon him the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.”

“Carlos, you have remarked that we should not forget our past as we advance our future. Two core values from the past stand out as shaping your way of life. They have the simplicity of universal deep wisdom. First: the imperative of personal responsibility to use one’s talents in doing the work to which one is called. Second: the wisdom to recognize that authentic human existence is in relationship to other persons. The individual person needs the community to develop or even to exist at all. In turn, the community needs the unique work of each individual person to achieve the common good of all. We recognize these core values as Benedictine, and also as the universal wisdom of humankind.”

“Many of our graduates can identify with your story of humble, inauspicious beginnings. You were born in Angola; lived for a time in Portugal; came to the United States in 1975, on your own, at the age of 17; attended Fairfield University in Connecticut on a soccer scholarship; became the first person in your immediate family to earn a college degree. Upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in management, you took up the multiple challenges of work in the competitive world of business. Your special talents in management took you to live and to work on three continents, giving you a rich global perspective and the experience of working with people in some of the world’s best known companies. In April 2003 you became our neighbor at the Kennametal Corporation, where you now serve as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.”

“Your work at Kennametal has brought you national recognition as one of America’s “Best Chief Executive Officers” by Institutional Investor Magazine. In recognition of your outstanding leadership, the Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett recently appointed you to be the co-chair of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Manufacturing Council.”

“In advancing the future, now with your family, you have not forgotten what you have received from the community. You have continued the tradition which the McKenna family established from its foundation to make Kennametal a vital part of the greater community. We are grateful for the friendship and the mutual support Saint Vincent has enjoyed with the people of Kennametal for many years. Our partnership has been a benefit both for the economic and the cultural life of the community.”

“You encourage Kennametal employees to make their own personal contribution to the common good of the communities where they live. Along with serving on the boards of major corporations of the business world, you, yourself, also serve on numerous boards of non-profit organizations, organizations that respond to essential needs of the community. As a trustee of the Kennametal Foundation, you are a strong advocate on behalf of projects that enrich the life of the community, particularly projects that enhance educational opportunities for young people—most recently the Kennametal Young Engineers Program for students from Greater Latrobe High School. We pray that today’s graduates of Saint Vincent College will enjoy a life of meaningful work; and following your example, will help make their own communities great places to live, to work, and to raise a family. Your leadership in the United Way, American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, and support of the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve programs, and the American Red Cross are but a few of the many ways you have provided personal leadership for the well-being of others.”

“Carlos, it is with a sense of satisfaction and pride that today we honor you as a friend from our own neighborhood. Thank you for using your position of national prominence to remind all of us of the core values that have shaped our civilization, and are essential for advancement, if not for its very survival: personal responsibility in shaping one’s own future; dedication to family well-being; sustained commitment to meaningful work; active participation in the life of the community. Finally, the ultimate meaning and purpose of it all: that the good Lord may ‘bring us all together to everlasting life’.”

“Now, it is with great personal satisfaction that, as President of Saint Vincent College with the faculty, I confer upon you, Carlos M. Cardoso, the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, this Seventeenth day of December, Two Thousand and Eleven.”

To view photos from Commencement, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/saintvincentcollege/sets/72157628488299403/.

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