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Winter Commencement 2008

Creighton Degrees Conferred at Winter Ceremony

Winter weather did not deter more than 225 students, their family and friends from gathering Saturday, Dec. 20 to celebrate Creighton University’s winter commencement.  The ceremony took place on campus at the Kiewit Convocation and Fitness Center. Presiding at the ceremony was the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J, Creighton University President.

About 131 baccalaureate degrees were conferred with 95 students receiving advanced degrees.

Several awards honoring people and organizations that have made positive differences in the Omaha community and across the nation were given.

John Gottschalk, chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Co., received a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for his dedication and commitment to the city of Omaha and the state of Nebraska and for his longstanding service to Creighton University and not-for-profit organizations and agencies throughout the nation. During his remarks at the ceremony, he reminded students that you “ make a living on what you have; you make a life on what you give.”

The Rev. Arturo Aguilar, SSC, Regional Director for the Missionary Society of St. Columban, USA,  accepted the University’s Presidential Medallion on behalf of the Society, which is celebrating the 90th anniversary of their founding.
Robert G. Townley, MD ’55 received the Alumni Achievement Citation. Townley has been a pioneer in the study, research and practice of allergy and immunology for the region with a lifelong career goal of finding a cure for asthma. He has spent the majority of his professional life at Creighton University, serving as chief of the Division of Allergy/Immunology, 1969-2000.

From top left, Gottschalk, Fr. Aguilar (middle) and Dr. Townley

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