PITTSBURGH — St. Bonaventure University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., was one of three distinguished individuals presented with honorary degrees at Duquesne University’s annual Commencement ceremony Friday, May 7, in the A.J. Palumbo Center.
Sr. Margaret received an honorary Doctor of Letters and delivered the commencement address. Sr. Patricia Daly, executive director of Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, received an honorary Doctor of Business Leadership, and Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles Ducommon Professor of Education at Stanford University, received an honorary Doctor of Letters at the ceremony.
Sr. Margaret was named the 20th president of St. Bonaventure in 2004. Under her leadership, the university has experienced a significant increase in its diversity enrollment, added numerous new majors and academic programs, and has invested $25 million in both new construction and renovation projects on its campus. She is a board member for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and serves on the Secretariat for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition.
In 1988, she became the first woman to graduate at the doctoral level from the Franciscan University of Rome. Sr. Margaret also has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in theology from Duquesne.
Sr. Patricia, a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, N.J., has worked in corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing for more than 30 years. At Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, Sr. Patricia represents institutional investors to the national Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, which encompasses 300 Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Buddhist organizations holding more than $100 billion in investments.
Darling-Hammond is responsible for launching the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network at Stanford University. A former president of the American Educational Research Association, Darling-Hammond’s research, teaching and policy work focus on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality and educational equity.