Duquesne will honor more than 430 members of the Class of 2021 on Friday, Dec. 17, as the University returns to an in-person Winter Commencement. President Ken Gormley will preside at the ceremony, which will be held at 11 a.m. in the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.

Prior to conferring the student degrees, Gormley will present an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Cynthia Citrone, founder and chief executive officer of the Citrone 33 Foundation, also will deliver the commencement address.

Duquesne is deeply involved with local communities, working side-by-side to address systemic challenges in health, education, access and more. Similarly, Citrone-a mother of four, breast cancer survivor and former pediatric occupational therapist-works to expand access to health care and education. The Citrone 33 Foundation is a strategic collective that focuses on philanthropy, thoughtful investing and social movements.

Citrone will deliver the Commencement address, and Gormley will give a brief presidential address.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The Universitys academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

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December 15, 2021