The Newman University Fall 2013 Commencement ceremony was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple. A total of 172 graduates were honored in the ceremony, including 40 individuals with associate’s degrees, 88 graduates with bachelor’s degrees, and 44 individuals with master’s degrees.
The Commencement ceremony included an address by Newman University Associate Professor of Nursing Joan Melzer. Melzer received the 2013 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.
The ceremony also included the bestowal of a posthumous Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa degree on the late Douglas L. Stanley, former chair of the Newman University Board of Trustees, who died in April 2013. Honorary degrees are awarded at each fall and spring commencement to notable and accomplished members of the extended Newman community 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. Stanley was honored for all four Core Values.
See the list of Fall 2013 Newman University graduates.