Saint Francis University kicks off Commencement Week on May 3 with an Alumni picnic, followed by departmental activities all leading up to the big day on Sunday, May 7.
There will be two ceremonies that day; the graduate ceremony at 10 a.m (doors open at 9:45 p.m.) and the undergraduate ceremony at 2 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.).
Commencement Week Schedule
This year 778 students (402 undergraduate/376 graduate) will earn degrees from Saint Francis. Close to 550 graduates are expected to participate in the two ceremonies.
The 2017 Undergraduate Commencement keynote speaker is Kim Daniels, a member of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications.
Established June 27, 2015, the Secretariat for Communications oversees all of the Vatican’s communications offices, including Vatican Radio, L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican Television Center, the Holy See Press Office, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Vatican Typography, the Photograph Service and the Vatican Publishing House.
Daniels was appointed by Pope Francis in July 2016 along with fifteen others including six cardinals, seven bishops and two laypersons.
A graduate from Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School, Daniels is an attorney whose practice is focused on religious freedom and prolife issues, and is also a lay consultant to the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.
She is the former spokesperson for the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, having served under both Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz. She is also a founder and director of Catholic Voices USA.