Georgian Court Names Commencement Speakers, Honorees

Lakewood, N.J., April 30, 2015—Guests for the 2015 Georgian Court University Commencement Ceremonies include the conductor of the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea, a noted author and presenter, and two Sisters of Mercy. The Graduate Commencement will be on May 20 and the Undergraduate Commencement will be on May 21.

 

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT 2015

 

Father Alphonse Stephenson, conductor of the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea and a recently retired chaplain, brigadier general, and director of the Joint Chaplaincy Staff at the National Guard Bureau, will deliver the keynote address during the Graduate Commencement for Georgian Court University on May 20. Father Alphonse is well known at GCU for his performances at Annual Christmas at The Court concerts and is known nationally as a highly acclaimed guest conductor. He founded the Cecilia Foundation to share his love of music with Catholic schoolchildren by funding Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea performances at Catholic schools. The foundation also donates professional-quality instruments for deserving students. (Photo from the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea)

 

Sister Mary Louise Miller, RSM, principal of the Sisters Academy of New Jersey in Asbury Park, will receive an honorary degree from GCU during the university’s Graduate Commencement ceremony May 20. Sister Mary Louise received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and was in private practice for almost ten years. She has served as consultant to many religious communities and has spoken at various national conferences. She was a founding member of the Institute of Law and Religious Life at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania and has taught in that program for a number of years. She served on the on the GCU Board of Trustees for 12 years and was a member of the GCU Presidential Search Committee.

 

UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT 2015

Dr. Wicks brings a message of the importance of resilience and perspective to GCU.

Robert J. Wicks, Psy.D., noted author and presenter, will deliver the keynote address during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 21. Dr. Wicks combines his 30 years of expertise in psychology and spirituality to help caregivers deal with the stress resulting from their work in reaching out to others. He is on the faculty at Loyola University Maryland and is a frequent speaker at universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, and social work.

 

In September 2014 he visited the GCU campus to deliver a lecture related to his recently published book, Perspective: The Calm in the Storm. He also joined President Rosemary E. Jeffries and the university’s Year of Hope committee in 2013 to honor residents and organizations that demonstrated exceptional service following Superstorm Sandy. (Photo from Dr. Robert Wicks)

 

 

(Photo from Mercy World e-News)

Sister Karen Schneider, RSM, MD, a pediatrician and medical professor, will receive an honorary degree at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 21. Sister Karen, who teaches and practices pediatric emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, focuses her practice on pediatric medicine in third-world countries. She created an elective for her pediatric residents in pediatric tropical medicine that takes her and her students to South American and African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria, Guyana, and Haiti.

 

 

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

 

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Lakewood, N.J., April 30, 2015—Guests for the 2015 Georgian Court University Commencement Ceremonies include the conductor of the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea, a noted author and presenter, and two Sisters of Mercy. The Graduate Commencement will be on May 20 and the Undergraduate Commencement will be on May 21.

 

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT 2015

 

Father Alphonse Stephenson, conductor of the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea and a recently retired chaplain, brigadier general, and director of the Joint Chaplaincy Staff at the National Guard Bureau, will deliver the keynote address during the Graduate Commencement for Georgian Court University on May 20. Father Alphonse is well known at GCU for his performances at Annual Christmas at The Court concerts and is known nationally as a highly acclaimed guest conductor. He founded the Cecilia Foundation to share his love of music with Catholic schoolchildren by funding Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea performances at Catholic schools. The foundation also donates professional-quality instruments for deserving students. (Photo from the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea)

 

Sister Mary Louise Miller, RSM, principal of the Sisters Academy of New Jersey in Asbury Park, will receive an honorary degree from GCU during the university’s Graduate Commencement ceremony May 20. Sister Mary Louise received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and was in private practice for almost ten years. She has served as consultant to many religious communities and has spoken at various national conferences. She was a founding member of the Institute of Law and Religious Life at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania and has taught in that program for a number of years. She served on the on the GCU Board of Trustees for 12 years and was a member of the GCU Presidential Search Committee.

 

UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT 2015

Dr. Wicks brings a message of the importance of resilience and perspective to GCU.

Robert J. Wicks, Psy.D., noted author and presenter, will deliver the keynote address during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 21. Dr. Wicks combines his 30 years of expertise in psychology and spirituality to help caregivers deal with the stress resulting from their work in reaching out to others. He is on the faculty at Loyola University Maryland and is a frequent speaker at universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, and social work.

 

In September 2014 he visited the GCU campus to deliver a lecture related to his recently published book, Perspective: The Calm in the Storm. He also joined President Rosemary E. Jeffries and the university’s Year of Hope committee in 2013 to honor residents and organizations that demonstrated exceptional service following Superstorm Sandy. (Photo from Dr. Robert Wicks)

 

 

(Photo from Mercy World e-News)

Sister Karen Schneider, RSM, MD, a pediatrician and medical professor, will receive an honorary degree at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 21. Sister Karen, who teaches and practices pediatric emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, focuses her practice on pediatric medicine in third-world countries. She created an elective for her pediatric residents in pediatric tropical medicine that takes her and her students to South American and African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria, Guyana, and Haiti.

 

 

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

 

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