More than 400 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their diplomas from the College of Mount St. Joseph on Saturday, May 10, in the Jean Patrice Harrington, SC, Student Center. This commencement marks the last graduating class from the College, before the Mount changes its designation to Mount St. Joseph University on July 1.
The Mount will hold two commencement ceremonies: the ceremony for adult and graduate students will be held at 10 a.m., and the ceremony for traditional students will be held at 2:30 p.m.
Peg Bradley-Doppes (’79), a 33-year veteran of collegiate sports and currently the vice chancellor for athletics and recreation and Ritchie Center operations at the University of Denver, will address the traditional students in the afternoon. Bradley-Doppes was inducted into the Mount’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the Cradle of Coaches Association at Miami University. She will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for her career in athletics in higher education, serving as a role model for female athletes and her commitment to the Denver community.
Mary C. Cafferty (’66), a retired professional in the insurance industry and civic leader, will address the adult and graduate students in the morning. Cafferty previously served on the Mount’s Board of Trustees as well as numerous boards and committees in Detroit, Michigan. She will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for her career, extensive civic leadership and dedication to the Mount.
The Mount will also award posthumously an honorary degree to Charles D. Lindberg, the founding trustee of the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation in Cincinnati, which he created with his friend and business partner Austin E. “Dutch” Knowlton to support colleges in the Midwest. Under his leadership, the Foundation has active philanthropic projects with more than 30 colleges, including the Mount.
The MSJ Distinguished Student Awards are presented to graduates who have demonstrated superior academic performance and participation in community service reflective of the mission of the College. The 2014 MSJ Distinguished Students are:
• Ashley Eilers, communication and new media studies major (traditional student)
• Stephanie Audette, nursing major, (adult undergraduate student)
• Erwin Kohlmorgan, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (graduate student)
Commencement Weekend begins at the Mount on Friday evening, May 9, with the Baccalaureate Mass in the Mater Dei Chapel at 6 p.m. for all graduates and their families.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.