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Cardinal Wuerl to Speak at Duquesne’s Spring Commencement

His eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington will concelebrate the annual Baccalaureate Mass with members of the Spiritan Congregation and will deliver the commencement address at Duquesne University's Spring 2013 Graduation ceremony on Friday, May 3, in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Nearly 1,590 students will be recognized at Commencement, which begins at 5 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. for the Baccalaureate Mass, which begins at 3 p.m.

At the ceremony, the University will confer an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters upon Dr. Margaret V. McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. In addition, she will deliver remarks at the School of Education's Diploma Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Wuerl, who was named to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI, previously served as bishop of his native Pittsburgh for 18 years. During his time as bishop, he taught theology classes at Duquesne as a Distinguished Service Professor. Known for his teaching ministry, Wuerl is involved nationally and internationally in education, health care and social service organizations.

McIntosh is founder and co-director of the National S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project of Inclusive Curriculum, which helps teachers, counselors and administrators create their own year-long, site-based seminars on making school climates, curricula and teaching methods more gender fair and multi-culturally equitable.

The following will deliver the keynote addresses at the University's Diploma Ceremonies on Saturday, May 4:

  • McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
    The Hon. Joy Flowers Conti, judge, United States District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
    9 a.m., A.J. Palumbo Center
  • Palumbo•Donahue School of Business
    Eugene P. Beard, chairman, Old Westbury Funds, Inc.
    Noon, A.J. Palumbo Center
  • School of Nursing
    Diane S. Hupp, vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    Noon, Duquesne Union Ballroom
  • Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
    William J. O'Rourke, executive director, Duquesne's Beard Institute, and retired vice president of Alcoa
    3 p.m., Duquesne Union Ballroom
  • Rangos School of Health Sciences
    Scott M. Lammie, chief financial officer, UPMC Health Plan, and senior vice president, UPMC Insurance Services Division
    6 p.m., A.J. Palumbo Center.

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