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Warner Saunders to speak at Saint Xavier University Winter Commencement

NBC5 news anchor to receive Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa

Chicago (Dec. 14, 2006) - Longtime NBC5 news anchor Warner Saunders will be the featured speaker at Saint Xavier University’s Winter Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007 in the Saint Xavier Shannon Center, Main Arena, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago, Ill.  

A native Chicagoan, Saunders is the winner of 20 Emmys for news, sports and programming. He has received the Illinois Broadcasters Association Public Service Award, the prestigious Gabriel Award, the Ohio State Award, and the 1999 Hull House Jane Addams Award for his commitment and service to the Chicago community. Saunders is a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame and the Chicago Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle. This June will mark his 37th year in Chicago television.

In addition to being this year’s Saint Xavier University Winter Commencement speaker, Saunders will receive a Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa, in recognition of his long and distinguished career as a teacher and journalist. 

There will also be a Commencement Liturgy at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007 for graduates and their guests in the Shannon Center, Main Arena. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will preside. Students are asked to wear their academic regalia. Line up for the liturgy procession will be at 9:30 a.m. 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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 and Orland Park, 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. 

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