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Joe McDonald to Speak at D’Youville’s 110th Commencement Ceremonies

Joe McDonald to Speak at D’Youville’s 110th Commencement Ceremonies

Buffalo, New York - May 07, 2018 - D’Youville announced today that Joe McDonald will speak at its 110th annual Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 20 at Kleinhans Music Hall. The first ceremony, featuring undergraduate students, begins at 10:00 AM, and the second ceremony, featuring graduate and doctoral students, begins at 3:00 PM.

McDonald, the former and longest-tenured president and CEO of Catholic Health, will address approximately 700 students along with their families and friends at the commencement ceremonies. 

Joe McDonald, former president and CEO of Catholic Health.
Joe McDonald, former president and CEO of Catholic Health.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, McDonald came to Buffalo and joined Catholic Health in 2002. After bringing the non-profit healthcare system out of its initial struggles, McDonald helped Catholic Health grow to more than $1 billion in annual operating revenue, while continuing to increase its commitment to charity care and community benefit, which totaled $115 million in 2016.

“I am honored to be the commencement speaker for D’Youville College’s 2018 graduating class,” said McDonald. “D’Youville and Catholic Health are strong institutions in the Buffalo community that share a common bond and similar values. I look forward to speaking to the students about how these values will shape their future.”  

“Joe is a credit to not only the healthcare community but to organizations with faith as a core doctrine,” said D’Youville President Lorrie Clemo. “His leadership at Catholic Health affected every level of the organization as it soared in both growth and financial health. He’s been a tireless advocate for the community, helping guide programs that provide charity care to those most vulnerable, regardless of background or ideology.”

After receiving his master of business administration degree from the University of Tennessee in Nashville, McDonald was named a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. McDonald was also the recipient of the Healthcare Association of New York State Distinguished Service Award and the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY Citation Award in 2017.

“Joe is a man larger than life, with integrity and heart, it’s an honor to have him as our commencement speaker,” added Clemo.

D’Youville will also be hosting additional activities as part of Commencement weekend. On Saturday, May 19, all are welcome to attend a traditional Catholic Mass dedicated to this year’s graduates at 4:00 PM at Holy Angels Church.

Immediately following the Mass, a blessing ceremony and graduation picnic will be held at College Center at 5:00 PM. This casual picnic offers the opportunity to celebrate a fun, non-denominational blessing ceremony led by Reverend Jan Mahle, associate campus minister. Students and their families will be able to socialize with faculty and staff members. 

As part of Commencement weekend, D’Youville is also partnering with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for their Waterkeeper Weekend. Events will be held from Thursday May 17 – Sunday, May 20. Events include tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse, Explore & More activities at Canalside, walking tours and more. Visit the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper website to see a full list of events.


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