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Press Release: DeSales University Awards 294 Degrees at Mid-Year Commencement, Sunday, January 21
Date: 1/22/2007

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DeSales University Awards 294 Degrees at Mid-Year Commencement, Sunday, January 21

DeSales University awarded 294 degrees at the mid-year commencement Sunday, January 21, in Billera Hall, on the Center Valley campus. Father Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, University President, conferred degrees upon the graduating students, including 137 bachelor's and 157 master's from 15 states and one foreign country, Vietnam. More than 1,500 family, friends and guests attended the winter graduation, which marked the twenty-seventh January commencement ceremony at DeSales.

Terry Ann U. Capuano, senior vice president of clinical services, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHHN), delivered the commencement address. Capuano, who holds the Peggy Fleming Endowed Chair in Nursing, a $1.5 million endowment for research and professional development, has an appointment as associate professor at Cedar Crest College and DeSales. In 1999, Capuano joined the staff of LVHHN where she oversees accountability for 3,000 full-time employees, $300 million of operational budgets, and 853 beds at 3 hospital locations.

In her address, Capuano encouraged DeSales' newest graduates to embrace change, keep a positive attitude and celebrate success. She advised students to set clear goals and have a well defined direction, but also to be willing to take risks. She emphasized the value of a formal education and continued pursuit of education and importance of lifelong learning.

Capuano earned a master's in business administration from DeSales, a master's of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and bachelor's of science in nursing from East Stroudsburg University.

The following award recipients were honored during DeSales' mid-year commencement ceremony:

Rita Donahue, of Narberth, Pa., who received the DeSales Medal, the highest nonacademic award conferred by the University, in recognition of the outstanding contributions to the development of the University through personal service, as well as financial support. Recipients are well respected in the community at large and have been distinguished for the witness they give to the ideals most highly prized by St. Francis de Sales. Donahue and her husband, the late Joseph J. Donahue, former president of Connelly Containers, Inc., have been long-time supporters of the University and helped to initiate the prestigious annual Reverend Thomas J. Furphy Lecture Series, now in its 24th year at DeSales. The series has featured nationally recognized speakers such as John Cardinal O'Connor, Jeanne Kirpatrick, Justice Antonin Scalia, George F. Will, Shimon Peres and Richard Armitage.

Julia Garrido, originally of Belvidere, N.J., who received the 2007 ACCESS Award. Garrido, who currently resides in Chicago, earned a bachelor's degree in management. The ACCESS Program at DeSales is one of the most widely respected adult education programs in the region. To qualify for the ACCESS Award, the recipient must be graduating in January, have at least a 3.75 GPA and submit a one-page essay on their experience in the program. The winning essay is selected, upon review by a committee. The award includes a plaque and monetary gift.

"Getting my degree is part of my life's development plan and has been my dream since I was younger. I set a personal goal to finish it before I turned 50 and I did it at 49," said Garrido, who has been employed with Kraft Foods for over 18 years. "During the course of these four terrific years, I gained exposure to different aspects of the business world that will help me make intelligent decisions in the next phase of my career. I feel empowered by the whole experience because I know I will make the most of any opportunities that present themselves."

Press Release: DeSales University Awards 294 Degrees at Mid-Year Commencement, Sunday, January 21 | Posted on: 1/22/2007

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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