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Commencement Speakers, 2011

Monday, Mar. 21, 2011
Commencement Speakers, 2011

March 23, 2011


I am pleased to announce our distinguished speakers for this year's graduate and undergraduate commencements. World-renowned author, alumnus and humanitarian Khaled Hosseini, '88, will speak at the undergraduate commencement on June 11, while Sharon Kugler, '81, University Chaplain at Yale University, will be our speaker for the graduate commencement on June 10.

Khaled Hosseini, '88, is the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and advocate for refugees around the world. Named a goodwill envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2006, he works to raise awareness about issues that plague refugees. Mr. Hosseini also is the founder of the international organization, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The Foundation provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan by supporting projects that give shelter to refugee families, economic opportunities for women, and education to children. Through his writings and humanitarian work, Mr. Hosseini demonstrates convictions and values that uphold the human dignity and human rights of each person. His deep and personal understanding of the challenges of the people of Afghanistant, Darfur and Chad and his work with the United Nations will inspire the Class of 2011. This year we are especially pleased to host Mr. Hosseini as his novel The Kite Runner was assigned to the class as their freshman Common Reading assignment.

Sharon Kugler, '81, is the first woman and first Catholic to be appointed University Chaplain at Yale University. For over two decades, Ms. Kugler has served in pastoral ministry, social services, and interfaith collaboration. She has been recognized nationwide for cultivating a chaplaincy that defines itself by serving diverse cultural and religious traditions. Ms. Kugler's spiritual and pastoral leadership models a commitment to a pluralistic vision, advances interfaith dialogue, and promotes integration of inter-religious understanding and appreciation. She has spent much of her career shaping the spiritual growth of young people, and she embodies the vital contributions of committed laypeople to the advancement of religious education and spiritual development.

In addition to the commencement speakers, we will honor Charles L. Currie, S.J., President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, with an honorary degree during the undergraduate commencement ceremonies.


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