Siena, St. Bonaventure Announce Commencement Speakers

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A variety of respected leaders in both Franciscan and public life will speak at graduation ceremonies next month at Siena College and St. Bonaventure University.

SBU’s May 13 Graduation to Feature Dominic Monti
Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, former SBU president, will serve as keynote speaker at the 147th commencement exercises at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., on May 13. He served as interim president from 2003 to 2004.

According to university president Sister Margaret Carney, OSF, he knows the university, its history, and its spirit, and is very dedicated to St. Bonaventure.

“Dominic has a deep interest in our seniors’ well-being and will be able to give an address that really connects to the actual life we share and which they will take with them into the future,” said Sr. Margaret.

Dominic has served on the faculty of the Washington  Theological Union and St. Bonaventure University, He has published many books and articles and serves on the editorial board for the Franciscan Institute’s Bonaventurean Texts in Translation Series.

Also during commencement, the university will honor its most senior friar, Daniel Hurley, by presenting him with an honorary degree, a Doctor of Pedagogy, pedagogiae doctoris. Dan, a 1940 graduate of SBU, is celebrating his 45th year of service to St. Bonaventure this year.

In light of its upoming 150th anniversary next year, the university wanted to celebrate its Franciscan heritage at this commencement by chosing appropriate speakers.

Siena’s May 20 Commencement to Welcome Cardinal McCarrick and Dan Rather
At its commencement ceremonies, Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y, will host keynote speaker Dan Rather, long-time broadcast journalist.

Receiving honorary degrees at Siena are:

  • Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington. D.C.,  who will be recognized at a May 19 baccalaureate liturgy
  • Helen Thomas, former  UPI White House correspondent and a columnist with Hearst Newspapers
  • Robert a McCormick, chairman of Trust Co. Bank in Glenville, N.Y.
  • Dan Rather, a CBS reporter for 44 years.
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