2009 Winter Commencement
The Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. and Daniel P. Neary, Chairman and CEO of Mutual of Omaha, which received the Presidential Medallion.
Eileen & Wayne Ryan, who received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees for their commitment to Jesuit, Catholic education.
The Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., with the Rev. David Korth, who accepted the Presidential Medallion for St. Augustine Indian Mission.
Creighton Celebrates Winter Commencement
More than 215 degrees were conferred during Creighton University’s winter commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 19, at the D.J. Sokol Arena in the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center. University President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., presided at the ceremony.
Eileen and Wayne Ryan, Ph.D., BS’49, MS’51, received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. The St. Augustine Indian Mission and Mutual of Omaha both received the University’s Presidential Medallion during the morning ceremony.
Wayne and Eileen Ryan believe strongly in the Jesuit, Catholic value of educating the whole person –mind, body and soul –and have made numerous commitments to support Creighton’s academic and athletic programs. This year the University dedicated the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and D.J. Sokol Arena, a facility that not only supports women’s athletics, but health and wellness programs for the campus and Omaha communities. The Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J., Professorship in History was established by the Ryan’s to honor one of Dr. Ryan’s favorite Jesuit professors at Creighton. In 2007, Wayne and Eileen received the Ignatian Spirit Award from the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, which honors a couple who exhibit the ideals associated with St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.
The Rev. David Korth accepted the Presidential Medallion for the St. Augustine Indian Mission, which is home to Nebraska’s only Native American mission school. The mission has served the Native American people of the Winnebago and Omaha tribes for 100 years.
Mutual of Omaha Chairman and CEO Dan Neary accepted the Presidential Medallion for Mutual of Omaha. The company has provided insurance, financial products and services to Omaha for 100 years, all the while investing and involving itself in the community. From philanthropic work through the Mutual of Omaha Foundation; to partnerships with such groups as USA Swimming, bringing national prominence to the city; to development of Midtown Crossing; Mutual’s history and ongoing community efforts have become the model for other companies.
The first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was awarded during the ceremony to Joyce Sasse, Omaha, Neb. Creighton’s School of Nursing is the first in Nebraska to offer the DNP program. Forty-nine students are currently enrolled in the program.