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1,500 Degrees to be Awarded at Creighton Commencement

Commencement will be streamed live on May 12.

CNN news anchor and former White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux will speak Saturday, May 12, during Creighton University’s 2012 Spring Commencement at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Malveaux has covered many significant and far-reaching topics and events, interviewing U.S. officials at the highest levels, including several U.S. presidents. Her coverage of presidential trips overseas has taken her to Europe, the Balkans, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East.

A total of about 1,500 degrees will be conferred during morning and afternoon sessions. Malveaux will speak at a 1 p.m. ceremony, where degrees will be awarded to graduates of Creighton’s undergraduate schools, School of Law and Graduate School.

A ceremony for Health Sciences professional schools, including the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and Health Professions, will begin at 9:30 a.m.

University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., will preside at both ceremonies — his first May commencement as Creighton president. A baccalaureate Mass will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at Kiewit Fitness Center on campus.

Several special awards will be presented during this year’s commencement. Presidential Medallions will be given to two Omaha-based organizations that have had long-term positive impacts on the local community and beyond: Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary (morning ceremony); and Union Pacific, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary (afternoon ceremony).

Creighton’s Alumni Achievement Citation – the highest award given to an alumnus – will be presented during the morning ceremony to John P. Curtin, M.D., who holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree (1975) and a medical degree (1979) from Creighton.

Curtin, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, surgeon, writer and lecturer of international renown, has promoted high-quality, comprehensive clinical care in the field of gynecologic cancer and surgery. He is director of the Gynecologic Oncology at NYU School of Medicine and served as the 43rd president of Gynecologic Surgeon’s Society, making him the first Creighton graduate to hold this prestigious position.

Also being honored during the afternoon session will be Ryan Anthony Spangler, Ph.D., assistant professor in Modern Languages, who will receive the Creighton Students Union Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement. The student-selected award is given annually to honor a Creighton professor who exemplifies the Creighton mission and Jesuit ideals and whose service to Creighton has had a far-reaching impact.