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2013 Baccalaureate & Commencement

Baccalaureate Prayer Service

Brescia University will culminate the spring semester with a special evening prayer service for our graduating seniors and their families on Friday, May 10 at 7 pm in St. Stephen Cathedral (610 Locust Street, Owensboro, KY 42301). Seniors will receive their tassels and master’s graduates will be hooded at this event. Each graduate will also receive their alumni card. A reception, hosted by the Office for Alumni Relations, in the Campus Center Study Pavilion will follow the service. Desserts and punch will be available.

Commencement 2013 Streamed Live Online

Brescia University will have commencement streamed live online for those unable to attend the event. To view the link, please click here.

Honorary Degrees and Graduation

Brescia University is celebrating the graduation of 118 students at 10 am on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the RiverPark Center (101 Daviess Street,  Owensboro, KY 42303) in Owensboro.

This year, Brescia will confer two honorary degrees, Honoris Causa. Robert H. Steele of Owensboro, will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters. Steele graduated from Brescia College in 1951. He has served as a Director on boards such as The Owensboro Riverport, The Owensboro Industrial Foundation, the Kentucky Racing Commission and the Owensboro National Bank. He is currently the owner of Massie-Clark Development and remains an active philanthropist and civic leader in the greater Owensboro area.

Brescia University’s commencement speaker this year, Sr. Diana Stano, OSU, will receive a Doctor of Education, Honoris Causa. Sr. Diana is the 16th president of Ursuline College, Ohio’s oldest chartered college for women. A graduate of Ursuline College, Sister Diana joined the faculty after receiving her doctorate in Science Education from The Ohio State University.  At Ursuline she taught as a professor of education and served in various leadership positions, including the following: chair of the education department, founder and director of the graduate program in non-public administration, the college’s first master’s degree program; dean of graduate studies and director of institutional research until her appointment as president in 1996.

Locally, she has served as president of the Ohio Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations; as chair of the Ohio LEAD forum; as a member of the Board of the Greater Cleveland Educational Development Center, and the Greater Cleveland Administration Assessment Project, of which she was a founding member.  Nationally, Sister Diana served as chair of the Commission of Women in Higher Education of the American Council on Education Association.  She has served as secretary/treasurer and president of the Association of Catholic Leadership Programs, and as program co-chair of the North American Association of Ursuline Educators.  She has served as a trustee on College boards, is a member of the Board of Catholic Community Connects, a member of Council of Presidents of the NCAA G-MAC Conference, and as a trustee of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Foundation for Independent Colleges.

She is a member of Leadership Cleveland and has been a recipient of the YWCA “Woman of Professional Excellence”; was named a Rainmaker of the Year in Education by Northern Ohio Live magazine; and was featured in Inside Business magazine:  Profiles in Character.  Smart Business magazine included her in a cover story which brought together five area business leaders for a roundtable discussion on women in business.  She was featured as a “Woman of Note” in Crain’s Magazine and named a YWCA Woman of Achievement.

Sister Diana is a peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.  As a professional consultant, she has presented internationally in Taiwan, China, West Africa, and Canada.  A panelist in numerous forums, she has presented at national conferences including the International Leadership Association and the American Council on Education.  She has provided and led workshops for educators in public and private schools as well as religious and other non-profit organizations.  An active member of many professional associations, she has presented on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Principle-Centered Leadership, and Excellence in Leadership Coaching for Leadership Development.

Her community involvements include the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, accreditation visits of various schools and colleges and as a frequent community speaker.

Brescia welcomes Sr. Diana as she addresses the graduating class of 2013 on Saturday, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. at the RiverPark Center. Commencement is open to the public and seating is based on first come, first served basis.