Arlington, VA - Marymount University's 2010 Commencement ceremonies
will be held on Sunday,
May 9, at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. More than
400 undergraduates and 300 graduate students will walk across the
stage to receive their degrees.
The undergraduate Commencement Address will be given at
the morning ceremony by Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman
and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation and a former Under Secretary
of the Army. He currently serves on the Advisory Board to the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and previously served for 16 years
on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Mr. Augustine was chairman and principal officer of the American
Red Cross for nine years and served as chairman of the Council of
the National Academy of Engineering, the Association of the United
States Army, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the Defense
Science Board. He is a former president of the American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America. Mr.
Augustine is the co-author of The Defense Revolution and
Shakespeare in Charge and author of Augustine's Laws and
Augustine's Travels. Among his many honors are the National
Medal of Technology; the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public
Service Award; and the U.S. Department of Defense's highest civilian
award, the Distinguished Service Medal, which he has received five
times. Mr. Augustine was also the first recipient of the Marymount
University Ethics Award in 1998. At Commencement, Marymount will
confer the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters upon Norman
R. Augustine in recognition of his distinguished career of leadership
in business and government, his outstanding integrity, and his service
to the nation.
At the afternoon ceremony, Marymount's graduate Commencement
Address will be given by Sister Carol Keehan, DC, president
and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States.
She has worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals
for more than 35 years and has held influential roles in the governance
of a variety of health care, insurance, and educational organizations.
Sister Keehan is regularly listed as one of the "100 Most Powerful
People in Healthcare" in the annual Modern Healthcare Magazine
poll. She is a representative to the International Federation of
Catholic Health Care Associations of the Pontifical Council for
Pastoral Health Care, and a past Board chair of the Catholic Health
Association of the United States. In addition, she has been a member
of health, labor, and domestic policy committees of the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops. Sister Keehan's numerous awards
and honors include the American Hospital Association's Trustee Award;
The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, bestowed by Pope Benedict
XVI; the American Cardinals' Encouragement Award; the Medal of Honor
from the Archdiocese of Washington; and the Elizabeth Ann Seton
Award, given by SOAR (Support Our Aging Religious). Marymount will
confer the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters upon Sister
Carol Keehan in recognition of her outstanding leadership in the
health care field and her commitment to making quality, compassionate
health care accessible to all.
The other honorees at this year's Commencement ceremonies will
be Father David O'Connell, C.M., retiring president of The
Catholic University of America, who will receive an honorary doctorate
at the undergraduate ceremony; and longtime Marymount friends and
benefactors Preston C. and Jeanne Caruthers, who will receive
the University's highest honor, The Majella Berg Medal, at the graduate
ceremony. Mr. Caruthers is chairman of Carfam II Associates, L.P.,
a real estate development firm.