Commencement


Commencement 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

 

Undergraduate Ceremony (Associate's and Bachelor's)
 

Student Speaker - John Dereszynski


Honorary Degree Recipient - Howard Melton

 

Graduate Ceremony (Master's and Doctoral)
 



Student Speaker - Jan Griesbach, Ph.D


Honorary Degree Recipient - Daniel J. Bader

2019 Honorary Degree Recipients

Howard Melton

Howard Melton will receive an honorary degree at the undergraduate ceremony. Melton is a retired Milwaukee business owner and U.S. Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War. A native of Kovno, Lithuania, Melton is a Holocaust survivor who is an advocate for peace, justice and tolerance.

Daniel J. Bader

Daniel J. Bader, president and CEO of Bader Philanthropies, will receive an honorary degree at the graduate ceremony. Through the Helen Daniels Bader Fund and the Isabel & Alfred Bader Fund, Bader Philanthropies makes grants, convenes partners and shares knowledge to affect emerging issues in key areas. Under Bader's leadership, the foundation has granted more than $300 million since 1992 to organizations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and around the world.


Dear 2019 Graduates: 
 
On behalf of the entire Stritch Community, congratulations to all who will be completing undergraduate and graduate programs this year! I will have the honor and pleasure to recognize your achievements by conferring the degrees earned following many hours of dedicated, thoughtful and very hard work.
 
The time of commencement involves both self-reflection and celebration. As each of you prepare to embrace the next chapter in your life, let me take the opportunity to offer some thoughts on both the value and responsibility associated with the award of a Stritch degree.
 
Let the University’s Franciscan Values Shape Your Life’s Work. As you begin your careers or advance your current professions, do not lose sight of the Franciscan Values that have framed our daily work and interactions with one another:  Creating a Caring Community, Showing Compassion, Reverencing Creation and Making Peace. Know that the application of these Values throughout your professional and personal lives will have a profound impact on those with whom you live, work and lead. You will have the opportunity to make many decisions in the years ahead regarding what you want to do with your life; however, the choices you make regarding how you live your life will be the true measure of your success.
 
Challenge Current Habits of Mind. Find a Mentor. Be a Mentor. A Stritch education has equipped you with an extraordinary set of intellectual and spiritual tools – not only to think deeply and critically about your work, your profession and the roles you will assume in various communities, but also the skills you have developed to fully engage with others and shape society for future generations. Life’s challenges will require you to open your minds and hearts to new possibilities. Identify that mentor or champion who will provide you with personal guidance, respite and unwavering support during this next chapter of your lives. And – be prepared to pay it forward by mentoring others. Never underestimate the profound impact a kind word or thoughtful conversation will have.
 
Frame Your Life Through Service to Others. St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that when we leave this earth, we take nothing we have received – only what we have given:  a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. All of us at Stritch wish your lives to be filled with great success, knowing that such success will take many forms. May the most rewarding type of success you experience be the knowledge that the service and kindness you offer to others each day – no matter what their life circumstance – has the power to transform lives.
 
I look forward to congratulating each of you personally on May 19.

 

Sincerely,

Kathleen A. Rinehart, J.D.
President

One undergraduate and one graduate student will be selected to speak at the appropriate commencement ceremony in May. 
This could be your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share your ideas and inspirations with your peers. 



Criteria for application:

  • A student earning any degree is eligible

  • Must be in good standing at the University and in the community

  • Must have met all requirements to participate in commencement

  • Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average

  • Must be endorsed by academic department (this will be part of administrative process)


To apply:

  • Complete application form

  • Attach updated resume

  • Write a 3 page speech (5-6 minutes when read) that:

    • Is relevant and inspiring to graduates of all majors or programs

    • Is consistent with Franciscan values

    • Includes at least one compelling story or memory that inspires you to go forward and make a difference

    • Includes a “charge” or “challenge” to fellow graduates about how they might make a difference


Finalists will be invited to audition.

Application, resume, and 3 typed pages of your speech (double spaced) are due to the Student Affairs Committee. Complete applications can be emailed to Payal Chawda, or mailed to Payal Chawada, 6801 N. Yates Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217, or you may drop them off directly at the Student Services Desk in Bonaventure Hall. 

 

Bookstore Hours for Cap/Gown Pickup:

Cap and gown orders must be pre-ordered through the Cashnet link that was provided to eligible students.  In-person orders are not available.

Wednesday, May 8:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 9:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, May 10:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 11:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday, May 13:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 14:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, May 15:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 16:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, May 17:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 18:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 19:  8:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)

Note: The first day of pick up for late orders is May 15​

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Thursday, May 16, 2019




We have provided Sendik's exclusive use of our logo to make it easier for students and families to order cakes celebrating graduation. Round and pan cakes are available from the bakeries in Whitefish Bay and Mequon.
 
 

Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at (800) 261-2576 or www.gradimages.com. Registering with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try.You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

 

Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at (800) 261-2576 or www.gradimages.com. Registering with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try.You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

Alumni Benefits

As a Stritch graduate, you will join a network of more than 38,000 alumni, earning automatic membership in the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association, which offers you a lifetime of benefits.

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Career Education

With graduation around the corner, now is the time to evaluate your goals and develop your plan. Contact Career Education if you would like to meet with a career counselor to discuss your career decision-making, graduate school options, or job search strategies.

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