Graduation celebrations continue for Class of 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013 4:10:00 PM

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. 

MN alumni

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 certificates.

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 and serve.