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Photo: Commencement at Kleinhans Music Hall (2015)

President of Catholic Relief Services to Speak at D'Youville Commencement

Last Commencement for Retiring D’Youville President

Buffalo, New York – May 11, 2016 – D’Youville College will graduate approximately 650 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at its 108th annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall.

It will be the last commencement event for Sister Denise A. Roche, GNSH, who will retire July 1, 2016 after nearly 37 years as President of D’Youville.

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States will be the speaker.

Before joining the CRS, Dr. Woo served as dean of the university of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business from 1997 to 2011. During her tenure, the Mendoza College was frequently recognized as the nation’s leading business school in ethic education and research.

Previously, she served as associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University.

Dr. Woo was born and reared in Hong Kong and immigrated to the U.S. to attend Purdue University, where she received her bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degrees, and joined the faculty.
She was one of five presenters in Rome at the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment in June 2015. Her faith and journey and work at CRS are recounted in her book, Working for a Better World.

The salutatory address will be given by Matthew Silver, an Exercise and Sports Studies major, from Rome, New York. He has been on the Dean’s List for the past three years and received the D’Youville Exercise & Sports Studies Award for Academic Excellence.

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, will give the benediction.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), based in Baltimore, was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then the organization has expanded in size to reach 85 million people in 101 countries. “Our mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person,” the CRS stated.

D’Youville College was founded by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and chartered by New York State in 1908 as the first college for women in Western New York. It became coeducational in 1971. Today, it is considered a leader in health care education offering a full array of programs in the field.


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