In addition, Iryna Mazur, the honorary consul of Ukraine to Philadelphia, will attend the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony on Friday at 11 a.m. in the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse to receive an honorary degree on behalf of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the people of Ukraine. Ed Gainey, mayor of the city of Pittsburgh, will deliver the commencement address at the event. This ceremony will be livestreamed.
Mazur was appointed to her honorary consul post in July 2019. Her consular district is Pennsylvania. Mazur was previously appointed and served as an advisor to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations and the Foreign Relations Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament. Starting her legal practice in Ukraine, Mazur held various positions, including working at the Anti-monopoly Committee of the Lviv Region.
She moved to the United States in 2001 and earned a Master of Law degree from Temple University. In addition to her her consular duties, Mazur is a partner at the Mazur Law Firm, PC, with a primary focus on the U.S. immigration law.
Duquesne President Ken Gormley, who announced the honorary degree in April, will present Honorary Consul Mazur with the framed degree as the University recognizes the valor, courage, and integrity of the people of Ukraine whom she represents.
"Duquesne has deep historic ties to many eastern European immigrant populations, including those from Ukraine," Gormley said. "Dating back to the 1890s, and again beginning in the 1920s following WWI, Ukrainians were part of the influx of families coming to Pittsburgh and enrolling at Duquesne. The University had been established during that era to assist recent immigrants and their families working in the steel mills and factories so that they could advance themselves through education."