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Graduates set forth. Photo by Matt Dunham
Marymount University President James E.
Bundschuh presents diploma to Ada Cuadrado-Medina
(B.A. in Graphic Design) of Alexandria, VA. Ada gave the Address
for her class. She graduated magna cum laude with the
Honors designation on her degree for completing Marymount's
Honor's Program. Photo by Laurie Callahan
Marymount President James E. Bundschuh
places the doctoral hood on Norman R. Augustine. Photo
by Leslie E. Kossoff
President Bundschuh (right) presents
Father David M. O'Connell with an honorary degree.
Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff
Sister Carol Keehan gives the graduate
Commencement Address. Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff
Leila Kirdasi (B.B.A.) of McLean, VA,
tips her hat to mom on Mother's Day. Photo by Matt Dunham
Dr. Todd Rimkus (center), professor
of Biology, beams proudly with Biology majors James Boguski
of Cherry Hill, NJ, and Mike Bokosha of Harare, Zimbabwe,
who were both recipients of the Sister Majella Berg Service
Award. Photo by Matt Dunham
Happy grads Michael Gray (B.A. in Liberal
Studies) of Alexandria, VA, and Christina Haley (B.A.
in Economics in Society) of Deltona, FL. Photo by Matt
More than 400 undergraduates and 300 graduate students walked the
stage at DAR Constitution Hall on May 9 to receive their degrees
at Marymount University's 59th Commencement Ceremonies.
Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of the Lockheed
Martin Corporation and a former Under Secretary of the Army, gave
the undergraduate Address, and Sister Carol Keehan, DC, president
and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States,
delivered the graduate Address. Both were awarded the honorary degree
Doctor of Humane Letters.
At the morning undergraduate ceremony, Father David M. O'Connell,
who is retiring as president of The Catholic University of America
after 12 years, was also presented with an honorary degree in recognition
of his outstanding leadership in the field of Catholic higher education.
And, at the graduate ceremony, Marymount President James E. Bundschuh
announced that the Majella Berg Medal, Marymount's highest honor,
was being awarded to Jeanne B. and Preston C. Caruthers.
Mr. Caruthers is chairman of Carfam II Associates, a real estate
development firm, and has a distinguished record of civic leadership.
He has been chairman of the Arlington County School Board and president
of the Virginia State Board of Education, as well as served on a
variety of advisory boards and councils. Mr. and Mrs. Caruthers
have been friends and supporters of Marymount University for more
than four decades.
Common themes emerged among the day's speakers: choosing one's
inspiration, the importance of integrity and lifelong learning,
and setting out to make a difference. Mr. Augustine told the graduates,
"Life is not a spectator sport." He encouraged them to
"take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves,"
"continue learning throughout your life," and "engage
in selfless pursuits outside of your regular responsibilities -
just as you have been expected to do here at Marymount." Known
for his own focus on business ethics, Mr. Augustine stressed the
importance of a person's reputation. He noted, "When it comes
to ethics, what has been done cannot be undone; there are no recalls,
At the afternoon ceremony, Sister Carol Keehan pointed out, "You
shape the direction of your life by what you let inspire you."
Health care is the field that Sister Keehan is passionate about,
and she spoke briefly about the many advances that have added years
to our lifespan. To those graduates entering the health care field,
she urged, "Be prepared to advocate that health care advances
truly advance life. Every life is a sacred treasure." And to
those entering the business world, she added, "The economics
of health are critical for our country. We can deliver quality health
care economically with the help of business leaders." She concluded
her remarks, saying, "You've been given great talents and a
great education. Choose to become an inspiration to those around
Student speakers Ada Cuadrado-Medina (B.A. in Graphic Design)
of Alexandria, VA, and Lauren Allen-Concklin (MBA) of Arlington,
VA, expressed gratitude to family, friends, and the University community.
They also echoed the themes raised by Mr. Augustine and Sister Keehan.
Ms. Cuadrado-Medina acknowledged the uncertainty that new graduates
feel, noting, "We are expected to do something positive for
ourselves and for society. It's kind of hard to figure out which
way to turn
. The important thing is to figure out why you
are going to do what you are going to do."
Ms. Allen-Concklin remarked, "We stand here today poised to
successfully tackle the game of life. We must strive to improve
continuously and keep learning. Today is not the culmination of
our education, but the start of it."
ADDITIONAL STUDENT RECOGNITIONS
Sister Majella Berg Service Award - presented to the graduating
student who has made the most significant contribution in the area
of community service
- James Boguski of Cherry Hill, NJ - Bachelor of Science
James has been an active campus leader throughout his Marymount
years. He participated in Campus Ministry Association activities,
was a member of the Blue Crew spirit group, and served as an orientation
leader. In addition, he was the founder and president of the MU
Outdoor Club. Each year during Spring Break, he has volunteered
in Banica, Dominican Republic, as part of the University's Alternative
Spring Break organized by Campus Ministry. In fall 2010, James plans
to attend the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.
- Mike Bokosha of Harare, Zimbabwe - Bachelor of Science
Mike has made Marymount his home-away-from-home, serving as a campus
leader and active volunteer in the community. He was a resident
assistant and an orientation leader for new students and their parents.
In addition, he organized Campus Ministry retreats and participated
in Alternative Spring Break and Volunteer Service days. Mike also
volunteered weekly at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility near
campus. He established Marymount's Chess Club and served as its
first president. Even with all his extracurricular activities, academics
have remained his primary focus. Mike conducted original research
on cholera and presented his results at numerous conferences. Medical
school is in his future plans.
Bishop Ireton Award - presented to the graduating student
who has had the greatest influence of good on his or her companions
- Lydia Russo of Vienna, VA - Bachelor of Arts in Fashion
Lydia graduated cum laude. She has been a leader of Marymount's
Fashion Club, serving as president her senior year. She tirelessly
organized volunteers for a wide variety of gala fund raisers, including
the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's annual Breath of Life Gala. The
Foundation honored the club with a plaque commending the students'
service. Under Lydia's leadership, the club also hosted local Girl
Scout troops, talking with the girls about the disciplines of fashion
design and merchandising. In addition, they sorted clothing for
Dress for Success, helping clients pick out coordinating ensembles.
In her senior year, Lydia served as executive head coordinator of
Marymount's Portfolio in Motion student fashion show - overseeing
every detail of the show's production. When fellow students are
asked to describe her, they invariably remark that Lydia makes them
smile. One noted, "Every time I talk to her, I walk away a
Mother Butler Gold Medal - awarded by the faculty to the
graduating student who has shown the greatest devotion to the ideals
- Elizabeth Kalk of East Greenwich, RI - Bachelor of Science
Elizabeth graduated summa cum laude with the Honors designation
on her degree for completing Marymount's Honor's Program. A student
leader on campus, she advised new students as a Peer Mentor Program
coordinator during her senior year. She also was an officer of the
Global Charity Project, which raises funds for sustainable international
projects - most recently for the expansion and improvement of a
home for street children in El Progreso, Honduras. In addition,
Elizabeth served as a resident assistant. After graduation, she
will work as a nurse at a local hospital and plans to continue her
studies in the field of pastoral care or theology.