Xavier University 2013 Commencement

May 6, 2013

Xavier University’s 175th commencement ceremonies will be Saturday, May 11 at the University’s Cintas Center. Tickets are not required and ceremonies are open to the public. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held May 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center on Xavier’s campus. On May 11, Xavier will confer 1,102 undergraduate degrees beginning at 9:00 a.m. and 853 graduate degrees beginning at 3:00 p.m.

As it did last year, Xavier will live stream both the Commencement ceremonies so that those who cannot come to Cincinnati can watch at http://www.xavier.edu/xugrad13. Until the day of Commencement, the site will display basic Commencement information. On May 11, the page will become the live stream / social media home page. The Twitter hashtag #xugrad13 will be used to share Commencement photos, videos and messages, which will be displayed on the Commencement website below the live stream of the event. New this year, a short video will share memories of the Class of 2013’s four years at Xavier.
 
Xavier’s “Commencement Annex” is a viewing or break location for guests of both ceremonies. It is on level three of Xavier’s Schiff Family Conference Center within the Cintas Center. There will be a small play area for small children who get restless during the ceremony. Commencement will be simulcast in the room so parents will not miss anything. Another room for adults only provides easy access for those who have difficulty managing arena stairs. It will also be available after the ceremony for graduates and guests to gather for photos.
 
Commencement Speakers and Honors
As announced earlier, Anthony Muñoz, athlete and philanthropist, will be the undergraduate commencement speaker and receive the degree of Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa.  Xavier’s graduate commencement speaker will be Yousuf Ahmad, divisional senior vice president and chief network transformation officer with Mercy Health.
 
Other awards:
Katherine Loftus Riley will receive Xavier’s Magis Award at the morning ceremony which recognizes a Xavier graduate who embodies Jesuit morals and ethics and has achieved a high degree of excellence.  Riley believes prayer and divine intervention helped guide her to start the only Christian Montessori school in her hometown of Nashville, to provide Christian Montessori education to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it in Holy Trinity Montessori. The 1998 alumna believes God will continue to guide her as she strives to expand and create a permanent home for the school. Riley graduated from Xavier with an education degree and Montessori certification. She and her husband, Mike, also a Xavier alumnus, have two children.
 
Joseph Viviano will receive Xavier’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at the undergraduate ceremony.  As a student-athlete, he and his teammates clinched the 1958 National Invitation Tournament, the University’s most high-profile athletic accomplishment to that point. He graduated a year later as Xavier’s all-time leading scorer. Viviano returned to his hometown of Louisville to begin his career with his family’s pasta business, Delmonico Foods Inc. When Hershey Foods acquired Delmonico in 1966, Viviano got the chance to advance.  Relocating to Hershey, Pennsylvania, he went on to assume key executive positions within the pasta and candy divisions, becoming president and CEO of Hershey Foods Corporation. He retired in 2000 as vice chairman of the board.  Viviano earned a BS in business administration from Xavier in 1959. He joined Xavier’s Board of Trustees in 1989 and served until 2004, holding various committee leadership positions during his tenure. He chaired development efforts, including raising $125 million to fund construction of the Cintas Center. Viviano lives in Naples, Florida, with his wife, Paulette. The couple has three grown children and six grandchildren.

The John A. Elet, S.J. Scholar award is named after Xavier’s first president and recognizes a student for academic and service excellence. This year’s honor goes to Alexandra Lake, 22, of Madison, WI (53705), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business, majoring in economics and international business with a minor in Spanish.  She was also a member of the women’s golf team. Lake will begin work in July at Procter and Gamble as an assistant brand manager.
 
Daniel McLoughlin will receive the Paul O’Connor Leadership Award at the undergraduate ceremony.  Associate professor Dan McLoughlin is retiring from Xavier after 31 years in the Department of Chemistry, which he has chaired since 2001. He was active in recruiting minority students for the sciences. He was a member of the Health Sciences Committee for 31 years and a past director of the Ethics/Religion and Society program, which links Xavier’s liberal arts curriculum to ethical issues. McLoughlin began as an assistant professor at Xavier in 1982, and has been recognized multiple times for his outstanding teaching and service to his discipline. He has participated in the Cincinnati section of the American Chemical Society, as an officer for the last 28 years. In 2001, he received its Outstanding Service Award.  He is known around campus for his sense of humor. He earned a BS in chemistry at Wayne State University, an MS in chemistry from John Carroll University, and a PhD in chemistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with postdoctoral research in biochemistry at the University of Oregon and at the Washington University School of Medicine.  He and his wife, Janet, have two grown children. After retiring, he plans to travel with his wife, and work on educational initiatives with the American Chemical Society. He also plans to become involved with the UC College of Medicine admissions committee.
 
Sixteen Xavier alumni will return to participate as Golden Grads, celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1963 graduation. This includes the first four women celebrating their 50th anniversary.
 
(34698) Robert Koechlin of Dunedin, FL (psychology)
(45013) Thomas R. Jones of Hamilton, OH (general business)
(45030) William Neyer of Harrison (chemistry)
(45039) Marcia L. Ruwe of Maineville, OH (mathematics)
(45044) J. Stephen Smith of Liberty Township (business)                                         
(45213) Michael J. Harmon of Cincinnati (business)
(45231) James Ollier of Cincinnati (accounting)
(45231) Nancy Doerger Ollier of Cincinnati (English)
(45231) Mary Rolfsen (education)                                                       
(45238) Helen T. Russo of Cincinnati (English)
(45243) Robert B. Sumerel of Cincinnati (general business)
(45248) Thomas McKiernan of Cincinnati (economics)                                             
(45249) William E. Broxterman of Cincinnati (chemistry)
(46214) Gary Tyler of Indianapolis (political science)
(49208) Donald L. Yingling of Bronson, MI (French)

(60626) Alexander P. MacGregor of Chicago (Honors Bachelor of Arts)