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Santa Clara University Announces Undergraduate, Graduate, JST Commencement Speakers
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Dr. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author, physician, and Santa Clara University alumnus, will be the commencement speaker for SCU’s undergraduate class of 2011.
“I look forward to speaking to the graduates as they stand on the verge of bringing their ambitions and ideas to a greater world outside of Santa Clara University. It will be my privilege to provoke them to thought one more time before they leave the home of their formal education,” says Hosseini.
Hosseini will deliver the commencement address on Saturday, June 11 at 8 a.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. He also will receive an honorary degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters for carrying forth the Jesuit mission of social justice. Read more.
Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Sharon M.K. Kugler, a Santa Clara University alumna and the first Catholic woman to hold the position of University Chaplain at Yale University, will address SCU’s graduate students at their 2011 commencement ceremony Friday, June 10. The commencement will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Leavey Events Center.
In attendance will be 600 or so students receiving advanced degrees from the School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
“We are very happy to have Ms. Kugler speak to our graduate students this year,” said University President Michael Engh, S.J. “She has spent much of her career shaping the spiritual growth of young people, and she embodies the vital contribution of committed laypeople to the advancement of religious education and spiritual development.” Read more.
Jesuit School of Theology Commencement Ceremony
Sr. Katarina Schuth, an internationally recognized expert on seminary education, will be the commencement speaker at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST), May 21 at 3:00 p.m.
As a researcher and teacher, Schuth’s primary interests are in theological education and the relationship between the Church and American culture. A widely consulted authority on the education of priests, she has studied and written extensively on the impact of the U.S. priest shortage, cultural challenges from foreign-born priests ministering in the U.S., the future of Catholic ministry, and other trends and teachings within U.S. seminaries.
Since 1991, Sr. Schuth has held the Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Previously she held directorships at Weston School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and was a professor of social and behavioral sciences and admissions dean at the College of St. Teresa. Read more.