President of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, will serve as speaker as OLLU confers degrees for almost 400 undergraduate and graduate students during commencement exercises on Thursday.
A Vincentian priest, Father Holtschneider has spent his life working in the Catholic Church’s higher education, health care and social service ministries, always with a particular care for those who are poorest in our society. He served as president of DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university, from 2004-2017. He chaired the board of Ascension, the Church’s largest Catholic health system, from 2008-2017, and from 2017-2019, served fulltime as its executive vice president and chief operations officer.
Father Holtschneider is currently a trustee of the Institute of Global Homelessness – a campaign addressing street homelessness in 150 cities worldwide – and the Pastoral Migratoria, a startup charity that intends to provide social services to immigrants across the nation.
A Detroit native, Father Holtschneider holds a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University and is a faculty member for several higher education leadership programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as the Boston College Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education. He chairs the boards of Niagara University, his alma mater, and the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.
Graduation celebrations will begin Thursday morning with the Veterans Graduation Ceremony, Ring Blessing and Liturgy. The schedule of event is as follows:
- Veterans Graduation Ceremony – 8:30 a.m. – Chapel Auditorium
- Ring Blessing – 10 a.m. – Sacred Heart Chapel
Graduating students will have the opportunity to have their rings and other items individually blessed at this interfaith prayer service. Graduation regalia is not required for this event.
- Alumni and Family Meet and Greet – 10:30 a.m. – Chapel Auditorium
- Graduation Liturgy – 12 p.m. – Sacred Heart Chapel
Graduating students and their families and friends are invited to celebrate Mass. Graduation regalia is required.
- Commencement Ceremony – 5 p.m. – Freeman Coliseum
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Photos taken by the OLLU Marketing and Communications staff during all events will be available to download for free next week on the OLLU Flickr page.