Congratulations, Graduates!

Creighton University awarded 1,864 diplomas over three days of in-person commencement ceremonies May 13-15.

At each of the ceremonies, Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, praised the graduates for their tenacity in overcoming the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, imploring them to, in the Jesuit tradition, take the hard-won knowledge and skills they have learned out into the world.

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Spirit of Creighton Award

Diego GomezDiego Gomez, from the College of Arts and Sciences, came to Creighton from Madrid, Spain, and has embodied Creighton’s dual commitments to magis — to doing more and being more — as well as the principle of living as a person for others. His research into fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, his pursuit of justice, and his concern for the poor and marginalized here and abroad, reflect the highest traditions of Creighton University. Congratulations, Diego! Read more.

Adrienne PyleAdrienne Pyle, from the School of Medicine, and her many community involvements reflect the highest ideals of Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic education. She served with the medical school’s Advocates program; provided domestic violence sensitivity training at the Women's Center for Advancement; and served as lead organizer for CreightonCares, which during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic collected and distributed over 30,000 PPE items to local health care workers. Congratulations, Dr. Pyle! Read more.

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement

Kelly DineenKelly Dineen, RN, JD, PhD, associate professor of law, and director of the health law program in the School of Law, teaches current topics in public health law, health law and policy, bioethics and torts, and holds a secondary appointment as a professor of medical humanities at Creighton’s School of Medicine. The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement is presented annually to a faculty member, as nominated by the student body, who exemplifies true excellence in teaching. Congratulations, Professor Dineen! Read more.

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degrees

Richard H. FrankRichard H. Frank, former managing director of the World Bank Group and CFO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), both in Washington, D.C., was the featured speaker at Creighton University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15. Frank, who also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony, currently chairs Darby/Franklin Templeton-Colpatria Group Joint Venture infrastructure fund management firm (Colombia) and serves on three investment committees for Darby-managed private debt funds in Latin America. Read his full bio in the 2021 Creighton University Commencement program.

Thomas Warren Sr.Thomas H. Warren Sr., president and CEO of the Urban League of Nebraska and former chief of police for the Omaha Police Department (OPD), received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Creighton’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, in recognition of his enduring devotion to community betterment and public service throughout his life. Read his full bio in the 2021 Creighton University Commencement program.


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