Mount St. Joseph University

Graduation: 2014

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Emily Berning

File Under: commencement, graduation

As we near the end of the semester, the day that seniors have been eagerly anticipating (and dreading) is approaching: graduation day.

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 10. There will be a ceremony for adult undergraduate students and graduate students in the morning at 10 a.m. and a separate ceremony will be held for traditional students at 2:30 p.m.

The guest speaker at the morning ceremony will be Mary C. Cafferty, retired Senior Vice President of Mutual America.

Cafferty is a Mount alum and former member of the Mount Board of Trustees. She will be honored in recognition of her successful career, extensive civic service in the Detroit community, and her dedication to the Mount

Also speaking at the morning ceremony will be Stephanie Audette and Pete Kohlmorgen, the Distinguished Adult Undergraduate and Graduate students. 

Audette will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  When asked how she feels about receiving the Mounts highest honor of Distinguished Student, Audette replied “I am without doubt very honored to be selected for this award.”

“Every person who walks across the stage in a few weeks is just as deserving as I.” says Audette, “We have all been on our own journeys, with our own challenges and rewards.”

Kohlmorgen, the Graduate Distinguished Student, will also be speaking at the morning ceremony and is graduating with a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership.

Speaking at the afternoon ceremony will be Peg Bradley-Doppes, Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations at the University of Denver.

Bradley-Doppes is also a Mount alum.  She will be honored for her successful career in athletics in higher education, for serving as a role model for female athletes, and the leadership she has provided to many over the years.

Both guest speakers will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at each respective ceremony.

Also speaking at the afternoon ceremony will be Ashley Eilers, who will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media Studies. 

“I’m so humbled to be chosen as the traditional distinguished student,” said Eilers, “I look forward to addressing the class at commencement and I only hope I can represent my classmates well. I also hope I don’t trip on the way to the podium!”

Both ceremonies will be held in the Harrington Gym with a Graduation Buffet Brunch held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fifth Third Dining Hall.