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    Duquesne Prepares to Graduate Largest Class in History

    The graduating class of 2012 will be the largest ever at Duquesne University. The nearly 1,650 students will be recognized at the annual Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

    The University will also confer an honorary doctor of humane letters upon Dr. Michael G. Fullan, a distinguished scholar, teacher and mentor, who is a recognized authority on change in the field of education and educational policy. Duquesne alumna Marie Milie Jones, founding partner of JonesPassodelis, PLLC, will deliver the Commencement address.

    The following will deliver the keynote addresses at the University's Diploma Ceremonies on Saturday, May 5:

    • McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
    • Kate Fletcher, executive director of Hekima Place, a home in Kenya for girls orphaned primarily by HIV/AIDS 9 a.m., A.J. Palumbo Center
    • Palumbo•Donahue School of BusinessDonna Sturgess, founding partner and president of Buyology Inc. Noon, A.J. Palumbo Center
    • School of Nursing
      Dr. Eileen Zungolo, outgoing dean of the School of Nursing
      Noon, Duquesne Union Ballroom
    • School of Education
      Michael Fullan (see above)
      3 p.m., A.J. Palumbo Center
    • Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
      Dr. Shannon Parks, section head of environmental science and sustainable technology at Alcoa Technical Center
      3 p.m., Duquesne Union Ballroom
    • Rangos School of Health Sciences
      Dr. Jerome Martin, founding/retired dean of the School of Health Sciences
      6 p.m., A.J. Palumbo Center

    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 10,000-plus 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.