USF grads receive diplomas

Nearly 500 University of Saint Francis graduates received diplomas during commencement exercises Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

After a welcome by USF President Sr. M. Elise Kriss, OSF, and an invocation by USF student Danielle Theresa Collins, the Most Reverend Bishop Kevin Rhoads of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend delivered the address, focusing on the dual qualities of faith and reason as the basis for successful Christian life.

Bishop Rhoades was installed as the ninth bishop of the diocese in January 2010 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne. He served as Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa. prior to that.

Members of the graduating class of 1961, Suzanne Rahe, Judith Skertic, Janice Gillig, Sue Deckelman, and Sister Elise Kriss (left to right), stood for recognition. School of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Matthew Smith, Keith E. Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership Dean Helen Murray, School of Health Sciences Dean Dr. Nancy Gillespie, School of Creative Arts Dean Rick Cartwright and School of Professional Studies Dean Dr. Jane Swiss presented the degree candidates.

The University Singers and Fort Wayne Area Community Band provide celebratory and ceremonial music. DVD reproductions of the exercises could be purchased at staffed tables, and photo opportunities were available through a commercial photographer.

A reception honoring the classes of 1961 and 2011 was held in the Century Room following the ceremony. A baccalaureate Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, with Bishop Emeritus John M. D'Arcy officiating, preceded the commencement.