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Graduates pose with family and friends to celebrate graduation. (File photo)

It’s that time of year again, when eyes sparkle and arms embrace in celebration. It’s fall graduation at the University of San Francisco, as commencement exercises get underway Dec. 17.

Speaking at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement will be Sister Mary Hughes, O.P. Sr. Hughes will accept an honorary doctoral degree on behalf of the Leadership Conference of Catholic Women Religious (LCWR), of which she is president, for their contributions to the country and to the Catholic Church.

“We honor Catholic Women Religious to recognize their uncompromising commitment to serve those underrepresented and underprivileged with love and concern,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “The sisters are extraordinary persons of faith devoted to building a better world through prayer and hard work. They offer an inspiring example of service in the modern world for our students and graduates.”

Founded at the request of the Vatican’s Congregation for Religious in 1956, the LCWR, comprised of thousands of Catholic sisters, work today for justice and human rights in every corner of the globe. Their drive and dedication in the areas of education, healthcare, and advocacy have changed the course of the nation for the better.

Scheduled to receive an honorary doctoral degree during commencement exercises for the School of Education and the School of Nursing is Sister Cathryn deBack, O.P., founder of the nonprofit Christmas Store and the Family School, and affordable housing resident manager of Rose Court.

The 152nd fall commencement will be held at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus:

College of Arts and Sciences, 12:30 p.m., Dec. 17

- Honorary degree recipient, Leadership Conference of Catholic Women Religious, Sr. Mary Hughes, O.P.

School of Education and School of Nursing, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 17

- Sr. Cathryn deBack, O.P.

School of Business and Professional Studies, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 17

Written by Edward Carpenter »usfnews@usfca.edu