Spring Commencement Held for USF Graduates

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There was a sea of smiling faces at Fort Wayne’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum as more than 480 graduates of the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne and Crown Point, Ind., participated in the university’s commencement exercises at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5.

USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF, welcomed the assembly, and Provost Dr. Rolf Daniel delivered his comments. In recognition of their 50 years since graduation, members of the 1962 graduating class stood and were applauded by the audience. Delivering the address was Professor of English Dr. Stephen Sullivan. A professor of English since 1991, Sullivan is a USF alumnus with a 40-year association with the university — as executive secretary of alumni, first full-time director of student affairs and full-time director of alumni relations. He has received the USF Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award, the Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the Franciscan Spirit Award, and has been inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Following the commencement address, degree candidates received their diplomas from School of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Matthew Smith, Keith 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. In addition, Fort Wayne business owner and leader Chuck Surack received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

William Robert Kammel, a biology and pre-physician assistant major, delivered the invocation. Ceremonial music was provided by the University Singers and Fort Wayne Area Community Band.

Afterward, a reception honoring the classes of 2012 and 1962 was held in the Century Room. Preceding commencement exercises, a baccalaureate Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, with Bishop Kevin Rhoades as celebrant.