In addition to the ceremonies held in Milwaukee
on May 19, Stritch honored graduates from Minnesota, as well as the
Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life’s Institute for Lay Ministry.
A commencement ceremony for the Class of 2013 took
place on June 2 at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minn.
Dr. Mehmood Khan, executive vice
president and chief scientific officer of global research and development for
PepsiCo, addressed the graduates.
Over the last five years, Khan has led PepsiCo’s investment in
research and development; recruited expert clinical scientists, global health
leaders, and medical professionals; and directed new business development.
Marie Regnier, B.S. degree candidate, was the student speaker for the ceremony.
Participants in Minnesota’s commencement weekend also
celebrated Stritch’s 25th anniversary in the state, with classroom
sites in Eden Prairie, Coon Rapids, Rochester, and Woodbury.
Joel Cencius, '06, director of alumni relations, said that one of the weekend's highlights was the alumni event at the Minnesota History Center.
"Our Minnesota alumni are always full of great excitement," said Cencius. "It was great to welcome the Class of 2013 to their first alumni event and see their eagerness to get involved as Stritch alumni."
On May 30, approximately 300 attendees turned out as the
Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life honored graduates from its Certificate in
Lay Ministry program in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center.
In 2013, 38 individuals completed the two-year program which
includes coursework, a portfolio assessment, interview with Saint Clare Center
staff, and a pastoral recommendation. Since the first cohort graduated in 2009,
the Saint Clare Center’s Institute for Lay Ministry has awarded 157
During the ceremony, graduates were presented with
their certificate in lay ministry. They also
participated in a Rite of Sending and Conferral of the San Damiano Cross and
prayed that they may continue to serve and live the Franciscan lifestyle. Many graduates are already actively engaged in educational or social outreach service within their parishes, and some may pursue employment as pastoral or youth ministers in their communities.
Eamonn O’Keeffe, executive director of the Saint Clare
Center, said that one of the evening’s highlights was the Mass, which was
concelebrated by five priests; four who are directly involved with the program
and one from the Madison diocese, where several Spanish-speaking students live