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Onward! Graduation exercises took place May 17-19. (File photo)

The University of San Francisco welcomed a number of national and local leaders to campus as commencement speakers for the spring 2012 graduation ceremonies. It was all part of the pomp and circumstance that goes with celebrating a new class of graduates.

Commencement exercises took place May 17-19 at St. Ignatius Church on lower campus. Click here for a full schedule and campus map.

Bill Cosby, comedian, actor, and educator spoke at the College of Arts and Sciences ceremonies for undergraduates in the arts and social sciences.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spoke at the College of Arts and Sciences ceremonies for humanities and sciences undergraduates.

Holly Petraeus, the assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs in the Treasury Department's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, addressed College of Arts and Sciences graduate students. Petraeus is the wife of retired U.S. Army general and CIA director David Petraeus.

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter EdD ’89, spoke at the School of Education’s exercises.

Ken Hackett, former president of Catholic Relief Services, the official international relief and development agency of the Catholic Church in the U.S., spoke to School of Management undergraduates.

Other commencement speakers included:

  • U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey;
  • Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court;
  • Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., Regis University president; and 
  • Ralf Hotchkiss, director and chief engineer of Whirlwind Wheelchair International Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at San Francisco State University.

by Ed Carpenter | Office of Communications and Marketing »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews