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Raising Caps for Spring Graduates


Commencement exercises start May 15 for USF's spring class of 2014. (file photo)

USF hosts spring commencement exercises May 15-17, celebrating the achievements of more than 2,000 graduates.

The university will also award an honorary degree to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and commencement speaker Norman Y. Mineta. Other speakers include San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr ’88 and New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca ’04.

USF's newest graduating class 

USF’s newest graduating class includes 1,140 undergraduates, 785 graduates, 222 law students, and 30 doctoral candidates. Among them are USF’s first online graduates, who will receive master’s degrees in nursing, teaching, and public administration. 

Exercises will kick off with a Commencement Mass at 3 p.m. on May 15 at St. Ignatius Church on USF’s Hilltop Campus (map). Graduates will receive their diplomas at ceremonies throughout the weekend.

A complete schedule of USF’s commencement exercises is available online.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences ceremonies will feature three speakers:

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will speak at the ceremony for undergraduate humanities and science majors and will also receive an honorary doctorate. Mineta was among the 120,000 Japanese Americans sent to internment camps during World War II and has devoted his life to public service. His efforts lobbying on behalf of internees laid the groundwork for the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. He served as mayor of San Jose, becoming the first Asian American mayor of a major U.S. city, and was later elected to Congress. Mineta also served as Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and as Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush—during which time he won widespread praise for restoring public confidence in the nation’s public transit system after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca ’04 will address undergraduate arts and social sciences majors. Menchaca is the first Mexican American elected official in New York City.

Sandy Close will speak at the ceremony for graduate students. Close is the executive editor and director of New America Media/Pacific News Service. She will also receive an honorary doctorate.

School of Nursing and Health Professions

The School of Nursing and Health Professions’ ceremony will feature speaker Dr. Margaret A. Tempero, professor of medicine at UCSF and deputy director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

School of Education

Honorary degree recipient and speaker Carl A. Grant will celebrate School of Education graduates. Grant is the Hoefs-Bascom professor of teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

School of Law

The Honorable John Victor Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, will speak at the School of Law commencement exercises. Prior to his appointment in Japan, Roos was CEO of the Silicon Valley-based law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. 

School of Management 

The School of Management commencement exercises will feature three speakers:

Claudio M. Chiuchiarelli will address undergraduate business administration graduates. Chiuchiarelli, who will also receive an honorary doctorate, is managing partner at Banyan Securities Company and chair emeritus of the USF Board of Trustees.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr ’88 is the speaker at the ceremony for undergraduate professional bachelor’s degree recipients.

Joseph Mandato is the speaker and honorary degree recipient at the commencement exercises for graduate students. Mandato is managing director of De Novo Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in medical device and biotechnology companies. 

Written by Monica Villavicencio »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews