Commencement 2018 Recap

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Wisconsin Center


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Dear 2018 Graduates:

On behalf of the entire Stritch Community: Congratulations to all who will be completing undergraduate and graduate programs this year! I will have the honor and pleasure to recognize your achievements by conferring on you the degrees earned following dedicated, hard and thoughtful work.
The time of commencement involves both self-reflection and celebration. As we prepare events to recognize your achievements, let me also take the opportunity to offer some thoughts on both the value and responsibility associated with the award of a Stritch degree.
Let the University’s Core Values Shape Your Life’s Work. As you begin your careers or advance your current professions, do not lose sight of the Core Values that have framed our daily work and interactions with one another:  Reverencing Creation, Showing Compassion, Creating a Caring Community and Making Peace. Know that the application of these Core Values throughout your professional and personal lives will have a profound impact on those with whom you live, work and lead.
Challenge Current Habits of Mind. Find a Mentor. Be a Mentor. A Stritch education has equipped you with an extraordinary set of intellectual and spiritual tools – not only to think deeply and critically about your work, your profession and the roles you will assume in various communities, but also the skills you have developed to engage with others and shape society for future generations. Life’s challenges will require you to open your minds and hearts to new possibilities. Identify that mentor or champion who will provide you with personal guidance, respite and unwavering support during this next chapter of your lives. And – be prepared to pay it forward by mentoring others. Never underestimate the profound impact a kind word or thoughtful conversation will have.
Frame Your Life Through Service to Others. St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that when we leave this earth, we take nothing we have received – only what we have given:  a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. All of us at Stritch wish your lives to be filled with great success, knowing that such success will take many forms. May the most rewarding type of success you experience be the knowledge that the service and kindness you offered to others each day – no matter what their life circumstance – transformed lives.
I look forward to congratulating each of you personally on May 20.

Kathleen A. Rinehart, J.D.

Meet the 2018 Honorary Degree Recipients

Sr. Edna Lonergan

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.


Janine P. Geske

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. 

One undergraduate and one graduate student will be selected to speak at the appropriate commencement ceremony in May. 
This could be your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share your ideas and inspirations with your peers. 

Criteria for application:

  • A student earning any degree is eligible

  • Must be in good standing at the University and in the community

  • Must have met all requirements to participate in commencement

  • Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average

  • Must be endorsed by academic department (this will be part of administrative process)

To apply:

  • Complete application form

  • Attach updated resume

  • Write a 3 page speech (5-6 minutes when read) that:

    • Is relevant and inspiring to graduates of all majors or programs

    • Is consistent with Franciscan values

    • Includes at least one compelling story or memory that inspires you to go forward and make a difference

    • Includes a “charge” or “challenge” to fellow graduates about how they might make a difference

Finalists will be invited to audition.

Application, resume, and 3 typed pages of your speech (double spaced) are due to the Student Affairs Committee. Complete applications can be emailed to Payal Chawda, or mailed to Payal Chawada, 6801 N. Yates Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217, or you may drop them off directly at the Student Services Desk in Bonaventure Hall. 


Bookstore Hours for Cap/Gown Pickup:

Wednesday, May 9:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thursday, May 10:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, May 11:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 12:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Monday, May 14 - Thursday, May 17:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, May 18:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 19:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday, May 20: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)

Note: The first day of pick up for late orders is May 16


We have provided Sendik's exclusive use of our logo to make it easier for students and families to order cakes celebrating graduation. Round and pan cakes are available from the bakeries in Whitefish Bay and Mequon.

Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at (800) 261-2576 or Registering with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try.You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.


Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Wisconsin Center

400 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203



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