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Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., asks SCU students to help the underprivileged
More than 15,000 family and friends of Santa Clara University cheered nearly 1,053 undergraduates as they walked across an outdoor stage at Buck Shaw Stadium today, celebrating the 153 rd commencement of California's oldest institution of higher learning.
Boyle was awarded an honorary Doctor of Faith and Justice degree at the undergraduate ceremonies. Also at the undergraduate commencement, former professional football player Ronnie Lott received an honorary Doctor of Public Service, and Sister Barbara Flannery, CSJ, received an honorary Doctor of Religious Education.
Boyle is the founder and executive director of two programs for at risk and gang related youth - - the Jobs for a Future employment referral center, and the Homeboy Industries economic development program. Boyle talked movingly of his struggle with leukemia and chemotherapy and the support he received from former gang members he had helped get jobs and rehabilitate.
Sister Barbara Flannery is a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet and has been chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland since 1994. Under her leadership, the Oakland Diocese has become a model for how the church can help victims of sexual abuse and priests who are accused of sexual abuses. As an outgrowth of meeting many victims of clergy sexual abuse, Flannery helped develop the Ministry for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse, which has planned a campaign titled “No More Secrets,” that will encourage victims of abuse to come forward.
Ronnie Lott, best known as a Hall of Fame football player, also has been a leader in community service. His 14-year NFL career culminated in his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1989, he founded All Stars Helping Kids, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area, and has created an All Stars Technology Room and children’s garden at UCSF Children’s Hospital. In 2001, he founded Olympius Capital, a minority-controlled firm committed to enhancing diversity in the financial services industry. In 2002, Lott was selected to join The Guardsmen, a service organization consisting of business and professional members devoted to advancing at-risk Bay Area youth by funding indoor and outdoor educational programs. He is a graduate of the