The Cardinal Stritch University
Class of 2013 was honored in two commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19.
The graduate ceremony for
Master’s and Doctoral graduates was held at 11 a.m., and the undergraduate
ceremony for Associate and Bachelor’s graduates was held at 3 p.m. Both
ceremonies took place at the Delta Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave, in
Approximately 620 students received their degrees this month, and 320 students participated in the
and honorary degree recipient
Stritch is honored to have welcomed Al Costigan as commencement speaker for both
ceremonies. He also received an honorary degree in humane letters from the
Costigan is the retired
president/CEO of Level Valley Creamery, Inc. and a member of Stritch’s Board of
Costigan worked in the food industry for more than 45 years with General
Mills, RJR Foods and Henri’s Food Products, which brought him to Milwaukee. In
1995, he and his two partners purchased Level Valley Creamery Inc. in West
Bend. He served as president and CEO of the company for 9 ½ years before
selling it to Schreiber Foods of Green Bay.
As a community volunteer, Costigan has served on the Midwest
Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund board of directors for
more than 25 years. He has served on the boards of Clasen Quality Coatings,
Inc., The Milwaukee Protestant Home, Milwaukee Urban Soccer Coalition, and the
North Shore Country Club, as well as the Research Committee of the Children’s
Research Institute at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He also administers The
Costigan Family Foundation.
Through his business and nonprofit
leadership, Costigan truly embraces Stritch’s Franciscan values.
Graduate ceremony: Kristina Allen , M.B.A.
degree candidate, Business Administration
Undergraduate ceremony: Audrey Edwards, B.A. degree candidate, International
Business and Spanish
The weekend’s events also
included a pinning ceremony for graduates of the Ruth S. Coleman College of
Nursing on Friday, May 17.
On Saturday, May 18, a special Baccalaureate Mass was held for graduating students in the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel. A President’s Reception was held in Bonaventure Hall immediately following Mass.
View a collection of social media posts from the day on our Storify page, as well as photo galleries on our Facebook page and on Flickr.