Stritch to hold Commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 20

May 4, 2018

Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF, and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine P. Geske to receive honorary degrees

Cardinal Stritch University President Kathleen A. Rinehart, J.D., will confer associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on approximately 415 students at two ceremonies on Sunday, May 20. The ceremonies will be held at the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. The undergraduate ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. and the graduate ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF, founder and CEO of the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, will address the graduates and will receive an honorary degree at the undergraduate ceremony. Sr. Edna introduced the first dementia-specific and intergenerational care facilities in Milwaukee and has been recognized nationally and internationally for her pioneering vision. DaVida Brown, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in English, will deliver the undergraduate student address. 

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine P. Geske, will address the graduates and will receive an honorary degree at the graduate ceremony. Geske served as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge from 1981-1993. Her legal and restorative justice work has led to numerous awards from civic, legal and religious organizations. She is an instructor in Stritch’s new Institute for Conflict Studies, which will offer its first classes this summer. Yolonda Claybrooks, a sixth grade lead teacher at Messmer Catholic Schools and a candidate for a master’s degree in education, will deliver the graduate student address. 

The University will host a Mass Saturday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in the University Fieldhouse on the Stritch campus, 6801 N. Yates Rd., Milwaukee, for all graduating students and their family and friends. 

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