NBC Political Analyst Tim Russert Gives Commencement Address
NBC political analyst Tim Russert delivered the morning commencement address during Creighton University’s commencement Saturday, May 13, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Creighton presented Russert with an Honorary Doctor of Law. The audio from his address can be found at: www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Russert.
More than 1,200 students received degrees during the two ceremonies. Graduates representing the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, University College, School of Law and the Graduate School participated in the morning ceremony. The afternoon ceremony included graduates of the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Professions, Dentistry and Nursing. Creighton President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J, presided at the ceremonies.
Both ceremonies can be viewed online, in their entirety, at: www2.creighton.edu/doit/webcasting.
In addition to awarding degrees, the University also recognized the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to education, community, business and health. Three students were presented with the “Spirit of Creighton” Award.
Mercy High School received Creighton’s Presidential Medallion, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have displayed excellence in academic discipline; distinguished local civic, cultural or volunteer service; and commitment to the educational and community ideals espoused by Creighton University’s Mission Statement.
Creighton presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to the founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc., Catherine Hughes. Receiving an honorary Doctor of Music were the St. Louis Jesuits. The St. Louis Jesuits are considered the fathers of contemporary American liturgical music. The group is composed of Roc O’Connor, S.J., Bob Dufford, S.J., John Foley, S.J. and Dan Schutte.
During the afternoon ceremony, Creighton presented its highest alumni award, the Alumni Achievement Citation, to Robert Pascotto, M.D. Pascotto, a 1966 School of Medicine graduate, is considered one of the best thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons in the United States. Creighton also presented an honorary Doctor of Science degree to nationally recognized nurse and bioethicist Mila Ann Aroskar, R.N., Ed.D.
Philosophy professor Jeffrey Hause, Ph.D., received the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Student Award for Teaching Achievement from the Creighton Students Union. Creighton University graduates Adam Greteman, Marie Halbur and Raquel “Kelly” Orbik were each presented the prestigious Spirit of Creighton Award.