RADNOR, Pa. (April 8, 2010) - Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Ph.D., D.D., Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., and Dawn Middleton, Ed.D., Faculty Emerita and former Chair of Cabrini’s Education Department, will address Cabrini College’s undergraduate and graduate Commencements, respectively, Sunday, May 16, 2010.
More than 400 Cabrini students will earn bachelor’s degrees and more than 700 students will receive master’s degrees in what is one of the largest graduating classes in school history.
“The College’s Commencement speakers this year are excellent representatives of the values of a Cabrini education,” said Dr. Marie Angelella George, president of the College. “Cardinal McCarrick and Dr. Middleton showcase clearly the College’s commitment to an education of the heart, which combines intellectual competence with moral and social responsibility.”
Cardinal McCarrick, who served as Archbishop of Washington from 2001 to 2006, will address bachelor’s degree candidates at 10 a.m. Weeks after his installation as Archbishop, Pope John Paul II elevated him to the College of Cardinals.
As Archbishop, Cardinal McCarrick served as chancellor of the Catholic University of America and as president of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He was one of 115 Cardinals chosen to the April 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI successor to Pope John Paul II.
Cardinal McCarrick earned a doctorate in sociology and a master’s degree in social sciences at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY. He will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters at the Cabrini Commencement.
Cardinal McCarrick has an esteemed history in supporting the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the sponsoring order of Cabrini College. In 2001, he delivered the homily at the funeral Mass for Sister Ursula Infante, the College’s foundress.
Three days after Commencement, Cardinal McCarrick will travel to New York to receive the first Medal of Mother Cabrini Award from the Cabrini Mission Foundation, where he is being honored for his selfless service to the less fortunate, and for efforts that symbolize the work of Mother Cabrini.
Dr. Middleton will address students at the graduate ceremony at 3:30 p.m. She joined the Education Department at Cabrini in 1988, after directing the Children’s School of Cabrini College for two years.
She was chair of the College’s Education Department for 21 years, before retiring in December 2009.
Dr. Middleton is a member of Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who among American Women, and a member of the honor societies Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Delta Kappa, and Pi Lambda Theta.
Dr. Middleton received a doctor of education degree and a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from the Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from West Chester University.
During the ceremony, Dr. Middleton will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
During the undergraduate ceremony, Thomas J. Balshi, DDS, FACP, also will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science. Dr. Balshi is a board certified prosthodontist and the founder of the Institute for Facial Esthetics in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
In 1999, Dr. Balshi established the Pi Foundation, a resource that provides support of medical research, aid in times of disaster, and direct personal assistance to families who suffer misfortune.
Dr. Balshi holds a United States Army Medal of Commendation; a Citation of Recognition from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, House of Representatives; and the Freedom Foundation’s George Washington Honor Medal for excellence and individual achievement in the dental field.
Dr. Balshi is the husband of Joanne Kovacs Balshi, a graduate of Cabrini’s Class of 1969 and a former Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.
The undergraduate Commencement begins at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 16, while the graduate Commencement begins at 3:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place under a tent on the Cavalier Athletic Field, 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, Pa.
On Saturday, May 15, 2010, Commencement Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. in the same location.
The Mother Ursula Award also will be presented at Cabrini’s Commencement. The award is given to a senior who, in the opinion of classmates, has best fulfilled the ideals of the College through academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, leadership and service to classmates and the College.
For information on Commencement, contact the Office of Student Development (610-902-8416) or visit www.cabrini.edu/commencement.
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