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    2011 Winter Commencement Slated at Duquesne University

    More than 450 students will receive their degrees this Friday at Duquesne’s annual Winter Commencement ceremony. University President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty will confer the degrees.

    Dr. Edmund Pellegrino will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Pellegrino, who is considered one of the pioneers in teaching humanities in medical schools, is the John Carroll Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics and a senior research scholar at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

    Pellegrino earned his medical degree from New York University’s College of Medicine. During his multi-decade career, he has published widely on medical science, philosophy and ethics. From 1978-82, he served as the 11th president of The Catholic University of America. Pellegrino has also held posts as the president and chairman of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center’s board of directors; professor and dean of the school of medicine at the State University of New York; director of the Georgetown University Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics; and chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics under George W. Bush.

    When: Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m.

    Where: The A.J. Palumbo Center, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.