Duquesne University to Celebrate 2018 Graduates at Spring Commencement

Duquesne University will honor more than 1,300 graduates during its 2018 Spring Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Nationally syndicated columnist and television commentator E.J. Dionne will deliver the keynote address at the annual event. Dionne has been a columnist for The Washington Post since 1993 and is the author of seven books. He is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Government Department.

"We are pleased to welcome back the highly respected journalist E.J. Dionne as our Commencement speaker," said Duquesne University President Ken Gormley, noting that Dionne has spoken on campus several times over the years.  "It is fitting that E.J. will speak about the importance of faith in public service, a topic that is close to his heart and also speaks to a vital part of the University's mission."

Following Commencement, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the second African American mayor in the city's history, will deliver remarks at the diploma ceremony for Duquesne's McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Turner helped to lead Houston's recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.

"It's an honor that Mayor Turner, who was my classmate at Harvard Law School, has carved out time to be part of this special day," Gormley said. "Public service often poses difficult challenges, and none more difficult than those faced by Sylvester and the residents of Houston over the past year. His grace under pressure and commitment to public service are values we work hard to instill in our students every day."

During the Commencement ceremony, Gormley will present an honorary degree to Duquesne alumna Marie Milie Jones, the first female chair of the University's Board of Directors and founding partner of the law firm JonesPassodelis.

The Commencement ceremony will be preceded by the University's Baccalaureate Mass at noon in the Palumbo Center. Both events will be broadcast live via webcast at http://www.duq.edu/commencement.

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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 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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