May 2, 2019

May 2 2019

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

I am pleased to announce that Creighton University alumnus and NBA standout Kyle Korver, BA’03, has agreed to serve as our commencement speaker at both the morning and afternoon ceremonies on May 18. Kyle is highly regarded among fellow NBA players and in the communities in which he has played, not only for his incredible athletic talent, drive, and professionalism, but also for his service, philanthropy, and commitment to being a role model for others, especially young fans.

Kyle has played in the NBA for 16 years, most recently with the Utah Jazz, has appeared in two NBA Finals, and has been an NBA All-Star selection. Many in Omaha remember him from his time as a student-athlete at Creighton, during which he helped guide the Bluejays to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his four years, from 1999 to 2003. He is a member of both the Creighton and Missouri Valley Conference Halls of Fame. Creighton retired his No. 25 jersey in 2018.

In addition to hearing from Kyle and awarding him in the morning ceremony with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for the many accomplishments just described, we will also recognize two additional individuals with honorary degrees in the morning and afternoon.

Sr. Maurita Soukup, RSM, RN, MSN, PhD, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the morning ceremony for her tireless commitment to quality, compassionate health care delivery and education. Sr. Maurita, a Sister of Mercy of the Americas – West Midwest (WMW) Community, serves as a health trustee and nurse consultant/researcher, and her work includes service on the boards of two regional health care systems, including CHI Health.

Sr. Maurita brings extensive clinical experience to the CHI Health board, along with working knowledge of the best practices of health care systems across the region. Her expertise is always offered through the lens of mission, keeping the board grounded in the sacred responsibility of caring for God’s people in their moments of greatest joy and deepest vulnerability.

As a nurse consultant/researcher, Sr. Maurita is a lead reviewer for the American Nurses Association Credential Center’s Pathway to Excellence Program, and within her religious community, she is vice-chair/secretary to the WMW Health Ministry Council. Sr. Maurita is a wonderful exemplar of the kind of health care professional Creighton strives to form, and we are honored to recognize her.

Finally, in the afternoon, Dan Semrad, BSBA’71, MA’09, MA’18, will be recognized with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

A native of Fremont, Nebraska, Dan is an investment advisor with more than four decades of experience in asset management and financial consulting.  He began his career in 1976 with Kirkpatrick, Pettis, Smith, Polian Inc., later joining A.G. Edwards in 1983 before moving on to the investment firm Smith Hayes in 2009. Currently, Dan is a financial advisor in Lincoln.

Dan’s previous community and nonprofit volunteer work includes service on the advisory boards of the Nebraska Appleseed Foundation and the Madonna Foundation, as well as the board of directors of the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and Art Farm Nebraska. He holds three degrees from Creighton University and currently serves on three University boards: the National Alumni Board, the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board, and the Graduate School Alumni Board. He was honored with the University’s Alumni Merit Award from the Graduate School in 2011. A steadfast friend of the University, Dan continues to support developing students as leaders and enabling learning for others.

I look forward with great anticipation to our ceremonies and celebrating this special day with our students and their families.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ