More than 650 students receive degrees at commencement

Monday, May 19, 2014 12:45:00 AM

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A total of 679 students received their degrees this spring as Cardinal Stritch University conducted its commencement ceremony Sunday, May 18 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The graduating class included 409 undergraduates, 254 graduate students and 16 doctoral students.  

Mary Flynn, assistant professor and president of the Stritch Faculty Senate, was the commencement speaker. Flynn joined the Stritch faculty in what was then the Teacher Education Division in 1992 and has taught students from all four of Stritch’s colleges over the course of her career. With an expertise in languages, culture, and literature, Flynn has enjoyed working with teacher candidates to provide a foundation for teaching students of all cultures and backgrounds. 

Flynn's current research focuses on noted mythologist Joseph Campbell and the hero quest, and she encouraged graduates to take on their own hero's journey. "The purpose of the journey is compassion," she said. "Answer the call to adventure as you begin your quest, and step out of your comfort zone. The only failure is not having tried."

Flynn also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree.

Nate Friday, who received a bachelor of arts degree, addressed his peers as the ceremony’s student speaker. During his four years at Stritch, Friday was a starting pitcher for the Wolves baseball team, led several University Ministry retreats, and served on the Student Athletic Advisory Council. A Glendale native, he will begin his career as director of lifelong formation for St. Matthias Catholic Church in Milwaukee. 

In his address, Friday introduced his fellow graduates to the concept of "lagniappe," which he defined as "that little something extra, that little something more that is unexpected." 

"As we find our callings in this world, we will be different from every other new hire, we will offer that little something extra, that little something more to our employers, and to our communities," he said. "Whether we stay close or travel far, we as Stritch graduates possess the ability to go above and beyond what is expected."

Stritch President Dr. James Loftus offered a charge to the graduates at the ceremony.  Other events over commencement weekend included a pinning ceremony for graduates of the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing, a Graduation Mass, and a celebratory brunch. 

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