Commencements set for Saturday, May 17

Undergraduate, graduate ceremonies held separately; Edmund Pellegrino, Ross Love speaking | May 12, 2003

The University’s 165th commencement ceremonies are being held Saturday, May 17 at the Cintas Center, with separate undergraduate and graduate ceremonies in order to accommodate the large number of graduates and their families. No tickets are required for either ceremony. The undergraduate Class of 2003 receives its diplomas beginning at 9:00 a.m. Graduate students are awarded their degrees at 2:00 p.m. Xavier is awarding 985 undergraduate diplomas and 883 graduate diplomas this year. Ross Love, president, CEO and owner of Blue Chip Enterprises, is the keynote speaker at the undergraduate ceremony. Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics at the center for clinical bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center, is speaking to students receiving graduate degrees. Love began his business career with a 28-year stint in the marketing and media world of Procter & Gamble. After running a number of the company’s key brands, he was appointed vice president of worldwide advertising. He left the company in 1995 to start Blue Chip Broadcasting. In six years, he built an initial investment in one radio station into a 19-station group, which was the second largest African-American owned radio broadcasting company in the country. A native of Philadelphia, Love graduated from Syracuse University in 1968. He is also very involved in a variety of national and local public service organizations, including Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the United Way. The University is awarding Love the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities. Pellegrino was the John Carroll professor of medicine and medical ethics and former director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, the center for the advanced study of ethics at Georgetown University and the center for clinical bioethics. During his 50-plus years in medicine and university administration, he served as departmental chairman, dean, vice chancellor and president. He also published more than 550 items on medical science, philosophy and ethics and has authored or co-authored 19 books. The University is awarding him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane letters. In addition to Pellegrino and Love, other honorary degree recipients include: Thomas G. Cody, who was elected in February as vice chairman of Federated Department Stores. For making outstanding contributions in his vocation and to his community, he receives the degree of Doctor of Humanities. William Larkin, a retired professor of mathematics at the University who joined the faculty as an instructor in philosophy in 1957. For his outstanding contributions to the University, he receives the Paul L. O’Connor Leadership Award. Bernard L. Downey, who is founder of the B.L. Downey Co., a world leader in coating various metals. For his outstanding contribution to the University and for his humanitarian values, he receives the Distinguished Alumnus Award.