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USF's graduations ceremonies are Friday. (File photo)

Join the Dons as they celebrate fall graduation in St. Ignatius Church on Dec. 14. Commencement Mass begins at 10 a.m., with graduates receiving their diplomas at ceremonies spaced throughout the day.

Invited to take part are 385 undergraduates, 457 graduates, and 42 doctoral students.

Winter commencement exercises will be held at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus:

  • Commencement Mass, 10 a.m., Dec. 14 — Homily by USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J.
  • College of Arts and Sciences, 12:30 p.m., Dec. 14 — Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipient: Mario Joseph
  • School of Education, and School of Nursing and Health Professions, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 14 — Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipient: Jetsun Pema
  • School of Management, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14 — Commencement speaker: Dave DeWalt

Mario Joseph, a Haitian human rights lawyer, will give the commence address at the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony, where he will receive an honorary doctor in humane letters degree. Joseph is Haiti’s most prominent human rights attorney. He has tirelessly pursued justice for victims of the François Duvalier dictatorship, sought shelter for those made homeless by the devastating 2010 earthquake, and advocated for increased investments in Haiti’s water, sanitation, and health infrastructure. He received the Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award in 2009 from the human rights organization the Center for Justice and Accountability.

Jetsun Pema, the founding president of the nonprofit Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV), will give the commencement address at the combined commencement of the School of Education and School of Nursing and Health Professions. She will also receive an honorary doctor in humane letters degree. For more than 40 years, Pema has worked to reform and improve the educational system for Tibetan refugee children. She is the younger sister of the Dalai Lama.

Dave DeWalt, CEO of the cyber security firm FireEye, will be the commencement speaker at the School of Management graduation ceremony. DeWalt is the former president and CEO of McAfee and currently serves as chairman of the board for FireEye, Polycom, and Mandiant. In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed him to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council.

Written by Kathleen de Lara »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews