An impressive 750 Saint Francis students turned their tassels this year at the Stokes Athletic Center. The 2019 Commencement ceremonies were held on Sunday, May 12th with 421 undergraduates and 329 graduate students receiving diplomas.
Renowned professionals, alumnus Michael K. Lauf, M.B.A. '03 and Professor Francis Campbell,
sent off the soon-to-be graduates with keynote speeches centered on the
commencement theme of “A Global Vision”, one of the key tenets of the University's Goals of Franciscan Education.
Graduate ceremony speaker Mr. Lauf has served as the President and CEO of Cape Cod Hospital since December of 2010 and also serves as the CEO of Cape Code Hospital. Since graduating from Saint Francis, his work has taken him from community development to healthcare administration, and he has learned that the best attribute of a manager is patience. He loves to tackle complex problems and to steer a billion dollar company by the compass points he learned in Loretto.
Undergraduate speaker Professor Campbell serves as the Vice-Chancellor of St. Mary’s University in Twickenham London. Lessons in attentive listening, and what he calls "the unity of life experience," prepared Professor Campbell for careers in politics and diplomacy. As Vice Chancellor of one of the few Catholic universities in London, he tells students that becoming grounded in a village in a mountainous farming region—whether Newry or Loretto—is not a disadvantage, but the opposite. He insists, "the world is open to you."
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