Commencement 2002

May 11, May 12 & May 18

UDM Alumni News, Summer 2002 issue


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This year's UDM Commencement ceremonies celebrated the accomplishments of several hundred new graduates, as well as some very special guests. In honor of the 50th anniversary of their Commencement, the Class of 1952 was invited to join in the festivities on the McNichols Campus May 11. Thirty-two members of the class, along with spouses, family and friends, participated in the Commencement mass, brunch, the procession, the ceremony, and the reception sponsored by the UDM Alumni Association. Other special guests included this year's honorary degree recipients. Click on the links below to view the Commencement Citations that were presented to each honoree:

Mary Justine Sabourin, RSM, Ph.D., Educator, Scholar, Historian, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree

Warren L. Loranger, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Artist, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree

Herman J. Muller, S.J., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Historian, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree

The Honorable Maura Corrigan, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree

Marcia A. Boyd, D.D.S., Professor Emerita, University of British Columbia, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree

Commencement day is a grand celebration for the University and its graduates, and it represents an amalgamation of hundreds of individual, inspirational stories. Two of these stories are part of this web site:

Arthur Nelson (Civil Engineering, 1952) participated in the Commencement festivities on the same day that his granddaughter, Katie Nelson (Chemical Engineering, 2002), received her bachelor's degree.

Jonathan Sanders (Business Administration, 2002), this year's valedictorian, presented an inspirational speech at the McNichols Commencement ceremony.

Congratulations to all 2002 graduates!