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Former KQED executive tells SCU graduate students to keep ethical perspective
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—
“Subject matter will always change, but ethical behavior should know no season—what we ought to do must be embedded in our nature for all time,” the SCU alumna told the nearly 800 recipients of graduate degrees in business, counseling psychology, education, engineering, and pastoral ministries.
Bitterman said that in recent scandals involving profit and non-profit organizations, the managers had plenty of expertise or knowledge, but lacked “integrity, conscience, and character.”
“Let us underscore today the importance of that which is and must remain constant and immutable—the integrity you bring to your professions and the respect you hold for the people you serve,” she said.
Bitterman’s speech to the Sunday graduates and their approximately 4,000 guests echoed similar references to the University’s strong emphasis on ethics made in Saturday’s undergraduate commencement speech by another SCU alumna, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano. Bitterman, a 1966
SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J. handed out six Ph.D. degrees in engineering, and master’s degrees: 376 in business, 60 in counseling psychology, 120 in education, 221 in engineering and eight in pastoral ministries.
A fourth-generation Californian, Bitterman has family ties to
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