Notre Dame to Award Fr. Tyson with Honorary Degree


The University of Notre Dame will award an honorary degree to Provincial Superior Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., along with 10 others, during it’s 167th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 20. Fr. Tyson will receive a Doctor of Laws.

Fr. Tyson is a member of the Board of Trustees for Notre Dame and the former president of the University of Portland. Born in Gary, Ind., he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Theology at Notre Dame, as well as a doctorate in Education from Indiana University. After his Ordination in 1975, Fr. Tyson held various positions at Notre Dame, including Admissions Counselor, Assistant Rector, Business Professor, Executive Assistant to the President and Vice President for Student Affairs. He was selected to lead the University of Portland in 1990 and led a major expansion of its campus, endowed teaching chairs and funding, including a tripling of the university’s endowment. He became Provincial Superior in 2003.

Read more about the other 10 distinguished figures in business, education, engineering, law, mathematics, media, medicine and the Catholic Church that Notre Dame will be honoring.

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