Commencement ceremonies to honor Class of 2013 on May 19

Thursday, May 2, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Spring Commencement 2013

The Cardinal Stritch University Class of 2013 will be honored in two commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19.

The graduate ceremony for Master’s and Doctoral graduates will be held at 11 a.m., and the undergraduate ceremony for Associate and Bachelor’s graduates will be held at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place at the Delta Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave, in downtown Milwaukee.

Approximately 620 students will receive their degrees this month, and 320 students will participate in the commencement ceremonies.

Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient

Stritch is honored to welcome Al Costigan as commencement speaker for both ceremonies. He will also receive an honorary degree in humane letters from the University.

Costigan is the retired president/CEO of Level Valley Creamery, Inc. and a member of Stritch’s Board of Trustees.

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.

Student speakers

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 will also include a pinning ceremony for graduates of the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing. The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 17 at
4:30 p.m. in the Nancy Kendall Theater.

On Saturday, May 18, a special Baccalaureate Mass will be held for graduating students at 4 p.m. in the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel. Family, friends, and members of the Stritch community are invited to attend. A President’s Reception will be held in Bonaventure Hall immediately following Mass. Advanced reservations are required for the reception.

Graduates and their guests can find additional information on the ceremonies on Stritch’s commencement webpage.

Social Media

Those attending commencement ceremonies are also encouraged to use #Stritch13 in Twitter, Instagram and Vine posts.

Photographs from the event can also be emailed to and will be featured on Stritch's Flickr page. Please be sure to include your name and a description in the photos.