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Class of 2009 Graduates as Le Moyne Holds Commencement Ceremony

Le Moyne College held its 59th commencement ceremony today at the Onondaga County War Memorial. A total of 913 individuals were eligible to participate in the ceremony.  

The commencement speaker was Charles Currie, S.J., who has served since 1997 as  president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). He is responsible for the overall coordination of the work of the association, and is the liaison between American Jesuit higher education and various officials of the Catholic Church, the Society of Jesus and higher education at large. 
The ceremony marked the first for Le Moyne President Dr. Fred Pestello, who was installed last month as the College’s 13th, and first permanent, lay president. 

Honorary degrees (doctor of humane letters) were presented to four individuals: 

Charles J. Beirne, S.J., Le Moyne College’s 11th president, who was recognized for his outstanding contributions to social justice during a 40-year career.  

Lisa Sowle Cahill is the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor at Boston College, where she has taught theological ethics since 1976.  

George Coyne, S.J., is the former director of the Vatican Observatory and has written extensively on physics and astronomy.

Kathleen Haser, is the director of Jesuit Volunteer Corps: East, where she began work as a volunteer in 1980.

Speakers for the senior class included Alexander J. Baker, a political science major from Weedsport, N.Y., and Eileen E. Ketchoyian, English major with a concentration in literature and minor in communications, a native of Endicott, N.Y.

The breakdown of students eligible to receive degrees:

Bachelor of Arts:  319

Bachelor of Science (Arts and Sciences):  120

Bachelor of Science/Management: 179

Total Undergraduate Degrees: 618 

Master of Business Administration: 46

Master of Science for Teachers:  88

Master of Science in Education:  114

Master of Science in Nursing: 1

Master in Physician Assistant Studies: 17

Total Graduate Degrees: 305

posted on: 5/17/2009