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Spring Commencement Slated at Duquesne University

More than 1,600 students are expected to participate in the Spring 2011 Commencement Ceremony at Duquesne University. Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, University president, will confer degrees upon the graduates.

Ken Hackett, president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and Dr. Lee Shulman, president emeritus of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will each receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Duquesne.

Hackett will deliver the commencement address. He is recognized for his Catholic humanitarian work as the head of CRS. Serving in that role since 1993, he oversees nearly 5,000 employees in operations in more than 100 countries. Founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe, the organization reaches more than 100 million people on five continents. Today, CRS assists the impoverished and disadvantaged overseas, “working in the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.”

Shulman became president emeritus of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching after serving the organization for 11 years as its eighth president. The foundation, which was started by Andrew Carnegie in 1905, is an independent policy and research center that supports needed change in American education.

Duquesne’s Commencement ceremony can be viewed live via webcast at www.duq.edu/graduation.

When: Friday, May 6, at 5 p.m.

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

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