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Bettis Speaks, Honorary Doctorates Conferred at 2008 Commencement

Duquesne University will honor more than 1,360 graduates from the class of 2008 at its annual Commencement ceremony.

Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty will officially confer all degrees upon the graduates and retired Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis will deliver the commencement address.

In addition, the ceremony will include the presentation of the following honorary degrees:

  • Honorary Doctor of Humanities upon the Honorable Cynthia A. Baldwin, partner, Duane Morris LLP, and former justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Honorary Doctor of Business Leadership upon J. Brett Harvey, president and chief executive officer, CONSOL Energy Inc.
  • Honorary Doctor of Education upon the Most Rev. David A. Zubik, D.D., bishop, Diocese of Pittsburgh.

**Please note that Bishop Zubik will not be at Commencement to receive his honorary degree, but he will be the featured speaker at the School of Education’s Diploma Ceremony on Saturday, May 3 at 3 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.**

A reception for all graduates and their guests will immediately follow on Academic Walk on campus.

When: Friday, May 2, at 5 p.m.

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

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