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Live Coverage of 2009 Spring CommencementAudio and video clips will be available online in the days following
Posted: Monday, May 4, 2009
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Live streaming video of all 2009 spring commencement activities will be posted on Franciscan University's of Steubenville's front page. The video player will appear a few minutes before the start of each ceremony:
Friday, May 8, 6:00 p.m. EDT
Celebrant: Steubenville Bishop R. Daniel Conlon
Honorary Degree Recipient and homilist: Most Reverend Michael J. Higgins, minister general of the Third Order Regular Franciscan religious community (900-plus members active in 17 countries).
Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. EDT
Conferral of master's degrees in theology, philosophy, nursing, education, educational administration, counseling, and business administration.
Honorary Degree Recipient and Speaker: Dr. Paul Kengor, author of God and Ronald Reagan and other presidential biographies and director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, PA, a think tank and public policy center. Dr. Kengor will address how Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II fought against the "dictatorship of relativism."
Saturday, May 9, 11:30 a.m. EDT
Over 450 students will graduate from Franciscan University with bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or associate of arts degrees. They will receive a sendoff from honorary degree recipient and speaker Michael Novak, the renowned political thinker, author, and defender of Catholic principles in the public square. The title of his speech is, "Knowing the Unknowable God--How Most People Know the Presence of God."