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SXU announces 2010 Spring Commencement speakers

The Rev. Michael M. Boland ’82 and Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D

Chicago (May 11, 2010) Saint Xavier University has announced the speakers for its 2010 Spring Commencement on May 16 in the Shannon Center at the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

The Rev. Michael M. Boland ’82, administrator, president and CEO of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will give the Undergraduate Commencement speech and Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D, chair of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University, will deliver the Graduate Commencement speech. 

Boland is a Saint Xavier alumnus who has been administrator, president and CEO of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1997. He has several other roles in the Archdiocese, including Director of Human Services and membership on the Cardinal’s Cabinet. He sits on dozens of boards, including Catholic Charities USA and CARITAS – Archdiocese of Mexico City.  In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Saint Xavier, Boland also holds a Bachelor of Science in Sacred Arts and a Master of Divinity in Theology from University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein University and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.

Rodriguez has been chair of Seattle University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies since 2005, and previously from 1997 to 2003. She was a founding director of the Center for the Study of Justice in Society from 2001 to 2004. She is a prolific writer, having published dozens of works about U.S. Hispanic theology, theology of liberation, cultural memory, justice and peace education and other topics.  She holds a Ph.D in religion and the personality sciences from Graduate Theological Union, a Master of Arts in counseling education from the University of Guam, a Master of Arts in religion from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Queens College.

Boland, Rodriguez and 1974 Saint Xavier alumnus Larry R. Rogers, Sr. will receive honorary degrees. Rogers is a partner at Power, Rogers and Smith, P.C. and previously was president of the Cook County Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Saint Xavier University’s new president Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. will oversee the ceremonies. The Undergraduate Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and the Graduate Ceremony begins at 3 p.m.



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