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Catholic Bishop Deeley to celebrate Baccalaureate Mass at Saint Joseph College

Community Author: Dave Guthro, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
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STANDISH— Bishop Robert P. Deeley will open Commencement Weekend at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish by celebrating a Baccalaureate Mass at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 under the tent that will be erected on campus. Students and faculty will robe and march in procession for the Mass. There will be no assigned seating for family and friends, and tickets are not required.

The bishop will also offer the benediction during the commencement ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11.

The Baccalaureate Mass, nurse pinning ceremony and commencement exercises will all be streamed live at www.sjcme.edu/live/commencement2019.

During Saturday’s ceremony, the achievements of nearly 600 students, including both campus and 327 online students, will be celebrated with the conferring of baccalaureate degrees in arts, fine arts, science, science in business administration and science in nursing; associate degrees of science; and graduate degrees in accountancy, arts, business administration, health administration science in education and science in nursing.

As part of commencement, Sister Karen Schneider RSM, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Sister Karen is a pediatrician and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has been recognized for her international medical work in the service of children. She has completed more than 80 medical mission trips.

Donald Tramuto will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service and will speak during commencement. Tramuto is the CEO of Tivity Health, Inc., a leading provider of fitness and nutrition health improvement programs. The author of “Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business,” Tramuto is a recognized innovator and industry leader with more than 35 years of healthcare experience. He is also the founder of Health eVillages, a non-profit organization which provides state-of-the-art, mobile health technology in the most challenging clinical environments.

Sarah Curtin of Strafford, New Hampshire, will deliver the valedictory address. Curtin is a biology major who was selected for a grant through the Maine Space Grant Consortium to investigate the genetic diversity of variable leaf milfoil in the Sebago Lake region. In addition to making the Dean’s List each semester, she was a member of both the cross country and indoor/outdoor track and field teams for the Monks all four years. Curtin has also served as a resident advisor since her sophomore year.

Katherine Squires Rogers of Elizabeth City, North Carolina (previously of Scarborough), will also speak at commencement as she accepts her MBA from the college’s online program. Rogers has served as the executive director of a domestic violence shelter in North Carolina and spent many years in healthcare administration, most recently, at Mercy Hospital in Portland.

For more information about commencement weekend at Saint Joseph’s College, visit www.sjcme.edu/academics/calendar/graduation.