USF graduates, diplomas in hand, huddle for a photo after commencement. (File photo)
The University of San Francisco’s fall commencement took
place Dec. 18.
St. Ignatius Church hosted
graduation ceremonies throughout the day Friday. A total of 785 USF students were
invited to take part. Among the fall graduating class were 367 bachelor’s degree
candidates, 399 master’s degree candidates, and 19 doctoral degree candidates.
Craig Newmark, Craigslist founder, was among those chosen to
receive an honorary degree for his work as a social entrepreneur and proponent
of using the Internet to promote democracy and better government. A supporter
of a number of nonprofits and philanthropic organizations, Newmark helps
deliver technology to the grassroots level.
USF honored Newmark for his success in using technology
to promote a common good that rises above particular individuals’ or groups’
For help finding your way around campus, click here for a map. Also honored was Sister Janet Vera Harris ’60, of the
Sisters of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for her work as a chaplain
at the Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall, for her work reaching out to children
of street gangs, and for fighting for the rights of children in the pursuit of
Santa Clara University’s Professor Francisco Jiménez, a
Mexican immigrant who spent his childhood working as a migrant laborer in the
U.S. before becoming a legal resident, also received an honorary degree for
his scholarly publications as a leading authority on Chicano literature.
The 151st commencement exercises will be held at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus:
Commencement Mass, 10 a.m., Dec. 18 - USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J.
College of Arts and
Sciences, 12:30 p.m., Dec. 18 - Honorary degree
recipient, Professor Francisco Jiménez – author and authority on Chicano
School of Education and
School of Nursing, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18 - Honorary degree
recipient, Sr. Janet Vera Harris – juvenile justice advocate
School of Business and
Professional Studies, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 - Honorary degree
recipient, Craig Newmark – founder of Craigslist.