Newman University will hold the Fall 2012 Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement ceremony on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, respectively. The Newman School of Nursing and Allied Health will also honor candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at the annual Nurses’ Pinning ceremony Dec. 14.
Go to http://www.newmanu.edu/attend-nu/registrar/graduation for information about Mas and Commencement
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
The annual Nurses’ Pinning ceremony will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 in Performance Hall, inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus. During the event, a tradition in the nursing discipline, the director of the School of Nursing and Allied Health will place nursing pins on graduate candidates’ lapels as a symbol of their completion of the BSN program. The ceremony will also feature the naming of the Distinguished BSN Graduate Award.
Baccalaureate Mass and Reception
The Fall 2012 Baccalaureate Mass will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in historic St. John’s Chapel on the Newman campus. St. John’s Chapel is located inside Sacred Heart Hall, the university’s main administration building. Mass will be followed by a reception at approximately 8 p.m. in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center, inside the Dugan Library and Campus Center on the Newman campus.
Fall 2012 Commencement will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple. The ceremony will include an address by Newman University Associate Professor of Biology Michael Bradley, Ph.D. Bradely received the 2012 Newman University Teaching Excellence Award, an annual recognition to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated an innovative or dynamic approach to courses, course revisions, and teaching techniques. The award recipient also has the honor of speaking at the fall and spring commencement ceremonies. Bradley is also an adjunct assistant professor, Small Group Discussion Leadership, at the Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita.
During Commencement, Newman officials will also bestow Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa degrees on two notable and accomplished members of the extended Newman community. The honorary degrees are awarded at each fall and spring commencement to individuals whose life and work reflect exemplary dedication to one of the university’s four Core Values: Catholic Identity, Culture of Service, Academic Excellence, and Global Perspective.
Diane Leary, CSJ, will be honored for her example of the Newman Core Value of Academic Excellence. Leary served as coach, athletics administrator and educator for Newman University and other Catholic institutions of learning. Monsignor Thomas McGread will be honored for his example of the Newman Core Value of Catholic Identity. In addition to his work as longtime pastor for St. Francis of Assisi Parish, McGread created the stewardship program for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, which has served as a model for stewardship programs across the United States.