USF Celebrates New Graduates in Winter Commencement

Actor & activist Danny Glover will speak to College of Arts & Sciences graduates

By Monica Villavicencio »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews Posted Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:00

USF will toast its newest batch of graduates at the winter commencement exercises on Dec. 12.  

Ceremonies will be held at St. Ignatius Church throughout the day to honor 467 undergraduates, 433 graduate students, and 38 doctoral candidates.

Graduation Highlights
Commencement Mass
10 a.m.

College of Arts & Sciences Ceremony
12:30 p.m.

School of Education and
School of Nursing & Health Professions
3:30 p.m.

School of Management
6:30 p.m.

Among this year’s speakers are actor, activist, and native San Franciscan Danny Glover, who will speak to graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences. Glover, whose filmography includes the Oscar-nominated The Color Purple and the Lethal Weapon series, is also known for his activism on behalf of underserved communities in the U.S. and his international humanitarian work. The native San Franciscan will be awarded an honorary degree.

Haiti prime minister & Adobe co-founder honored

Former Haiti Prime Minister Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis will speak to graduates of the School of Education and the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Pierre-Louis, who will also receive an honorary doctorate, was Haiti’s second female prime minister and now heads the Knowledge and Freedom Foundation, an international nonprofit that supports education, economic development, and the spread of democratic values.

The School of Management will award an honorary degree to Adobe co-founder Charles Geschke. Geschke was USF’s inaugural Rev. P. Carlo Rossi, S.J. Entrepreneurial Chair and is chair emeritus of the USF Board of Trustees. The ceremony will also feature tech entrepreneur Alfred Chuang ’82 as speaker. Chuang, a USF trustee emeritus, is the founder and CEO of Magnet Systems, a startup offering a cloud-based platform for building mobile apps.