Creighton University awarded 1,872 diplomas during two commencements ceremonies Saturday, May 18.
The Class of 2019 is the largest class to graduate from the University. The Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, saluted the achievements of the class in remarks beginning the ceremonies.
“Here at Creighton University, the landscape of Jesuit higher education, you have gained something extra,” said Fr. Hendrickson, in his address to graduates. “You have a powerful framework for being thoughtful about your life and those around you, and it cultivates in your minds and hearts capacities for kindness, compassion, service to others, and hope in a future of fuller beauty, justice, and truth.” Read the full story here.
Lifelong friends celebrate their fourth graduation together – this time with a doctorate from Creighton
Friends since they met on the freshman track team at St. Francis High School, an all-girls school in Sacramento, California, Anne Smith Harty and Lisa Becker Chipps seemed destined to go places together.
As their high school graduation drew near, the two wandered into a presentation from an admissions representative from Creighton University. Harty was something more than a wanderer, as her sister was a freshman at Creighton, but she was still trying to firm up her college plans. She convinced Chipps to come along, just to have a friend on board.
“I told Lisa we could get out of lit class if we went to go listen to this rep,” Harty recalls. “So it was an easy sell. Who knew what would happen next.” Indeed, they both wound up at Creighton.
And certainly, they could not have dreamt up what happened at the University’s commencement ceremonies on May 18 when they walked across a Creighton dais for the third time together.
Throw in their high school graduation, and this marks the fourth time the two have gowned up and moved the tassel on their mortarboards in the same room. “We’ve been on this road together a few times before,” Chipps says. “It’s been great. I think we’ve been able to help one another, to bounce ideas off of each other.” Read about their journey here.
Her connection to Creighton is so strong, it’s her middle name.
Claire Creighton Willman, a 2019 Creighton University graduate, said one of the reasons she chose to pursue her doctor of pharmacy degree from Creighton was its proximity to her Overland Park home. It’s a good thing her great, great, great grandfather, James Creighton, first cousin of school founders, Edward and John Creighton, had the foresight to accommodate her. According to family tradition, James Creighton convinced his family to open the school in Omaha rather than their native Ohio.
Another family tradition is to pass down “Creighton” as a middle name. Claire’s mother, Liz, conversely from her daughter, is a Rockhurst University graduate from Omaha and has the Creighton middle name. Her sisters, Susan Toohey and Ginny Curley, earned their graduate degrees from Creighton. Both of Claire’s grandparents, Anne Creighton Caldwell and Edmund Russell, Jr., earned their undergraduate degrees there, too.