from Cardinal Stritch University’s Minnesota classroom sites received their
diplomas June 1 in the Coeur de Catherine Building at St.
Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave. in St. Paul.
Stritch alumnus James
Prom, founder and owner of Invasive Models LLC and a Plymouth, Minn. city
council member, served as commencement speaker. Read the text of Prom's speech.
A 1999 Stritch B.S.
in business administration graduate, Prom’s student capstone paper
became his business plan to create Invasive Models LLC, a company that develops
and manufactures vascular anatomy models for the rehearsal and demonstration of
invasive vascular procedures. The business has sold thousands of hand-blown
glass and clear molded plastic Angiogram Sam models around the world. The
product line is in its fourth generation and continues to be the most commonly
used training model for cardiovascular staff and cardiologists.
Prom presently serves on the Ward 4 City Council seat in Plymouth, Minn.,
representing the northeast area of the city. He is past
president of the Bass Lake Improvement Association, an organization that works
to improve and police water quality issues on Bass Lake in northeastern
Plymouth. He also serves as a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, the
largest charity organization in America.
Richard Dentinger, a
Bachelor of Science in Management degree candidate, addressed his peers as
the ceremony’s student speaker. Read the text of Dentinger's speech.
Dentinger has spent more than 20 years as a manager
in the masonry industry. For the last 10 years, he and his brother have
operated their own commercial masonry business in St. Paul. During this time, their company has left its
mark on many brick, block, and stone projects in the metro area, including much
of the masonry and stone featured on the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field.
class in Minnesota includes 48 undergraduates and 24 graduate students. They
joined 679 others who received associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral
degrees this spring from Stritch’s other locations in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Minnesota region is based in Eden Prairie, with additional classroom locations
in Coon Rapids, Owatonna, Rochester, and Woodbury.
Dr. James Loftus presided over the ceremony and offered a charge to the
graduates. A reception for the graduates followed the ceremony. In
celebration of commencement weekend, a Padelford
Riverboat Cruise along the Mississippi River took place on Saturday, May 31.