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Creighton to graduate more than 1,800 in May 12 ceremonies

The Creighton University Class of 2018 will participate in commencement exercises Saturday, May 12, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The class comprises more than 1,800 graduates from Creighton’s nine schools and colleges, represented in two ceremonies. The School of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and School of Dentistry will take part in a 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremony. Graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heider College of Business, the School of Law, the College of Professional Studies and the Graduate School will receive diplomas in a 1 p.m. event.

The University’s annual Baccalaureate Mass will be held Friday, May 11, at 1 p.m., in the Kiewit Fitness Center on the Creighton campus.

Delivering commencement addresses at both ceremonies will be renowned physician, scientist, astronaut and dancer Mae Jemison, MD. Jemison will also be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for her promotion of humanities across the curriculum, advocating science education among minority students and for a distinguished career that led her, among many other places, into space, as the first African-American female astronaut.

Creighton will also honor Clarence “C.L.” Werner, with an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree. Werner is the founder and longtime executive chairman of Werner Enterprises, one of the five largest transportation and logistics companies in the country. With his family, he established two cornerstone programs at Creighton: the Institute for Economic Inquiry, which seeks to create robust dialogue on the impact that a free market economy has on the quality of life; and the Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, described as one of the University’s most innovative educational and outreach programs in which a diverse body of students learn how to mediate cases in the quest for justice.

Biology professor Mark Reedy, PhD, will be recognized as the Creighton Students Union 2018 recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement. On the biology faculty at Creighton for the past 17 years, Reedy has chaired the department for the past nine years. Reedy’s students characterize their teacher as willing “to go far above and beyond” to meet students’ needs and having a willingness to advise and teach outside of office hours and class times. He demonstrates an unwavering devotion to ensuring the success of his students. As a mentor, Reedy has proven to be a steadfast guide, who motivates a unique drive for excellence.

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