University President honored at alma mater homecoming

Michael J. Graham, S.J., receives Distinguished Achievement Award from Cornell College | October 19, 2005

University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., who hails from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Distinguished Achievement Award at his Cornell College’s homecoming Saturday, Oct. 15, in an awards presentation at 10:00 a.m. in King Chapel.

Graham, a 1975 Cornell College graduate, has served Xavier for 20 years, starting as an adjunct professor of history and culminating in his installation in 2001 as president of the University. He also has served as the senior development officer leading a $125 million campaign.

Graham graduated from Jefferson High School and then from Cornell with a degree in philosophy and psychology. He earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in divinity at the Weston School of Theology. He was ordained a priest in 1988.