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Saint Xavier University announces Spring Commencement speakers

Sister Ana Maria Pineda to be undergraduate Commencement speaker; Norman R. Bobins to be graduate Commencement speaker

Chicago (May 3, 2007) – Ana María Pineda, R.S.M., will be the Commencement speaker at Saint Xavier University’s undergraduate Spring Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19 in the SXU Shannon Center. She will also receive a Doctor of Theology, honoris causa. 

Norman R. Bobins will be the graduate Commencement speaker at the 3 p.m. graduate Commencement ceremony in the SXU Shannon Center. He will also receive a Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa.

Pineda is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Burlingame, Ca. Recently selected as one of the 100 most influential Latinos of the Silicon Valley, she has published in numerous scholarly journals, delivered papers and facilitated workshops nationally and internationally. 

In various capacities, Pineda has generously served the Santa Clara University community, the Institute for the Sisters of Mercy, her Regional Community of Burlingame, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States, the Academy of American Religion, the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, the Louisville Institute through the Lilly Endowment Program for the Study of American Religion, and the Conference of Religious Hispanics in Ministry. She was also one of the founders of the Hispanic Theological Initiative which promotes Hispanic theology and supports the development of Hispanic theologians.   

Born in El Salvador, Pineda earned a baccalaureate degree in liberal arts from Russell College in Burlingame, Ca.; a Master of Arts in theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 1987 and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain in 1992. She also did graduate studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Ca. 

Bobins is chairman of LaSalle Bank Corporation. LaSalle Bank Corporation is one of the largest bank holding companies in the Midwest. Its subsidiary, LaSalle Bank, is Chicago's second largest bank with more than $110 billion in assets. The Dutch parent, ABN AMRO Bank N.V., is one of the world's largest banks with total assets of  EUR 987 billion and more than 3,000 locations in 60 ountries.                                                           

Bobins earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin in 1964 and his MBA from The University of Chicago in 1967. A native Chicagoan, Bobins is well known as one of the city’s most influential civic leaders and has been a driving force in establishing LaSalle Bank’s reputation for commitment to the community. His numerous contributions have been recognized with a series of honors and awards over the years.  Recently, he was named a laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Illinois for outstanding achievement in business, communications, law, the arts and social service. 

Some of his other honors and awards include the Corporate Visionary Award from El Valor in 2006, the 2005 Harvard Business School Club of Chicago Business Statesman Award, the 2003 University of Chicago Graduate School of Business’ Distinguished Corporate Alumnus Award, where he is a Life Member of the Council, and the 2000 Harold Washington College Business Professional of the Year Award.

Bobins’ personal involvement in the community is equally impressive.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Children’s Brain Research Foundation. He is an active member of the Chicago School Board and a member of the board of trustees of WTTW Communications, Inc., The Field Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago, and is chairman emeritus of the Illinois Business Roundtable.  He also serves on the executive board of the Auditorium Theatre Council.

After more than 40 years in banking and financial services, Bobins plans to retire on Dec. 31. He and his wife, Virginia, reside in Chicago.

Contact Joe Moore
(773) 298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.