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TitleUSD Spotlights Outstanding Alumni
ContactLiz Harman
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13th Annual Gala Recognizes Outstanding Graduates in Career and Athletic Achievement, Contributions to Humanitarian Causes & Volunteer Service to USD


The University of San Diego will honor nine outstanding graduates April 26 including several top business executives, a federal judge, an army colonel and advocates for health care and social justice.


Honorees include Liam E. McGee, president of Global Consumer and Small Business Banking for Bank of America; Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless; Michael Maher, senior vice president for investments at Merrill Lynch; U.S. District Court Judge Thomas J. Whelan and U.S. Army Col. (Retired) Mary T. Sarnecky.

Others receiving awards at the gala event are Rabbi Laurie E. Coskey, executive director of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County and Mary E. Caffery, program coordinator of UCSD’s Mother, Child and Adolescent HIV program.


“We are proud to honor this impressive group of alumni whose achievements in business and public service reflect the values and high standards that we set for all our graduates,” said USD President Mary E. Lyons.


Alumnus Bert Degheri, whose gifts totaling $10 million helped fund the Degheri Alumni Center and Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, will receive the inaugural Order of the Alcalá award.


Susie M. Erpelding, an Academic All-American in women’s basketball will be inducted into the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame.


The USD Alumni Honors celebration is a gala evening of dinner, tributes, and dancing honoring outstanding graduates in the areas of career and athletic achievement, contributions to humanitarian causes and volunteer service to USD. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Jenny Craig Pavilion. For more information, visit or call (619) 260-4819.


The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.



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