University of Portland to Award Record Number of Degrees

Anne ThompsonThe University of Portland is preparing for a record number of graduates in its 2014 spring commencement on Sunday, May 4, set for 1:30 p.m. at the Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

University President Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., will confer an anticipated 818 bachelor’s degrees on Sunday. Also participating will be 111 students who expect to be awarded bachelor’s degrees at the end of the summer, for an all-time record 929 undergraduate students. Anne Thompson, NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent, will deliver the commencement address.

The University will hold a separate commencement ceremony for an anticipated 212 graduate students on Saturday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chiles Center. Fr. Beauchamp will be the commencement speaker.

For those unable to attend, the University will be providing a free live web stream of both Saturday’s and Sunday’s Commencement

Receiving the University’s highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal, is Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, which reaches some 130 million people in nearly 100 countries annually with its relief and development work. Before joining CRS in 2012, Woo was dean and professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business (recognized as the best in America for undergraduate and ethics education during her tenure) and a vice president and professor at Purdue University, where she earned all three of her degrees.

More on the commencement and those receiving honorary doctorates is available on the University’s website.

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