St. Bonaventure University’s 155th Commencement Exercises will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 17, in the Reilly Center Arena.
Tim Brown, president and chief executive officer of Nestlé Waters North America since 2013, will deliver the keynote address.
Brown, SBU class of 1985, will be among three distinguished guests receiving honorary degrees.
Also being honored are Fr. John O’Connor, O.F.M., a former University trustee who served as provincial minister of Holy Name Province from 2005 to 2014; and Sandra Arcara Richter, an Olean native and St. Bonaventure alumna whose philanthropy laid the groundwork to build the Sandra A. and William L. Richter Center.
The annual Candlelight Induction Ceremony, when degree candidates are welcomed into the St. Bonaventure Alumni Association, will be held at 8:45 p.m. Friday, May 15, in front of De La Roche Hall on campus. (The rain site is the University Chapel.)
All commencement participants and guests of all faith traditions are invited to the Baccalaureate Mass to be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, in the Reilly Center Arena. The public is welcome.
Saturday’s events also include the commissioning of six ROTC cadets as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, which takes place at 10 a.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, and an Honors Awards Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the Reilly Center Arena.
A complete schedule of St. Bonaventure’s Commencement Weekend events is available at http://www.sbu.edu/commencement.
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