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Three Distinguished Individuals to Receive Honorary Degrees

Duquesne University will recognize three distinguished individuals by presenting them with honorary degrees at its annual Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 7, at 5 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Sister Margaret Carney, president of St. Bonaventure University, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters and will deliver the commencement address. Sister Patricia Daly, executive director of Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business Leadership, and Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles Ducommon Professor of Education at Stanford University, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters at the ceremony.

Carney was named the 20th president of St. Bonaventure in 2004. Under her leadership, the university has experienced a significant increase in its diversity enrollment, added numerous new majors and academic programs, and has invested $25 million in both new construction and renovation projects on its campus. She is a board member for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and serves on the Secretariat for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition.  Sister Carney is a member of the Franciscan Order.  In 1988, she became the first woman to graduate at the doctoral level from the Franciscan University of Rome. Carney also has a BS in education and a master’s degree in theology from Duquesne.

Daly, a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, N.J., has worked in corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing for more than 30 years. She will deliver remarks at the Palumbo•Donahue School of Business diploma ceremony on Saturday, May 8, at noon in the A.J. Palumbo Center. At Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, Sister Daly represents institutional investors to the national Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, which encompasses 300 Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Buddhist organizations holding more than $100 billion in investments. She has worked with companies on issues including human rights, labor, ecological concerns, militarism, equality, health, tobacco, debt, international capital flows and corporate governance.

Darling-Hammond will be the featured speaker at the School of Education’s diploma ceremony on Saturday, May 8, at 3 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center. She is responsible for launching the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network at Stanford University. A former president of the American Educational Research Association, Darling-Hammond’s research, teaching and policy work focus on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality and educational equity. As executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and American’s Future from 1994-2001, Darling-Hammond played a key role in that organization’s blue-ribbon 1996 report, What Matters Most: Teaching for American’s Future, which led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching and teacher education. She is the author of numerous publications, including Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and be Able to Do.

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