Some 2,200 new University of San Diego graduates in business, education, law, nursing, peace studies and other fields will receive their degrees in ceremonies this month. A total of 1,848 students will graduate in three ceremonies held over Memorial Day weekend on May 26 and 27.
Hundreds of graduates are San Diego residents whose family and friends will join them for the celebration. Many graduates are the first in their family to earn a college degree.
On Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m., 487 graduates will receive master’s and doctoral degrees in the graduate commencement ceremony. The speaker is Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community.
On Sunday, May 27, at 9 a.m., 723 students will be awarded bachelor’s degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences. Bill Drayton, a pioneer in social entrepreneurism and the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, will address the graduates and receive an honorary degree. At 2 p.m., 638 graduates from the School of Business Administration and Engineering Programs will receive bachelor’s degrees. The speaker is Albert P. Carey, CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages.
This year’s undergraduate class includes 15 graduates from the McNair Scholars program, which prepares underrepresented and first-generation college students for PhD programs and careers in higher education. There are also 17 graduates who were selected for Teach for America, the Peace Corps, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and other service organizations. Fifteen newly commissioned Navy and Marine officers will also receive degrees. Companies that have hired this year’s graduates include Ernst & Young, General Atomics, Northrop Grumman, Sempra Energy and E&J Gallo Winery.
“We are proud to honor our graduates, knowing that they have acquired the knowledge, skills and ethics to be leaders and changemakers in their chosen professions,” said USD President Mary E. Lyons.
On May 12, 363 students graduated from USD’s School of Law. The speaker was Michigan Congressman Dave Camp ‘78, (JD), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee.
All ceremonies will take place in USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion. For more information, go to www.sandiego.edu/commencement.
— Liz Harman