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Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Reverence for the dignity of every individual stands out as the first, and perhaps most treasured, Franciscan value. Meeting Francis and Clare as we have done—intimately and in amazing detail—has shown us how different they were from each other and from us. But we have also witnessed how much they cared for each other and for others, especially the poor and the sick, the outcast and the vulnerable. Through their eyes we see that every man and woman is made in God’s image, a wonder to behold, no matter how different from us. Marian’s commitment to serve a diverse student body has been reaffirmed as an incredibly important feature of who we are and what we stand for as a Catholic Franciscan community...read more

Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Marian University Celebrates its 76th Commencement

by Tori Kincaid | May 15, 2013

 

Marian University celebrated its 76th Commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at St.Vincent Health Field on the Marian University campus. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks delivered the commencement address. 

Marian University had a record 627 candidates for degrees this year, including 87 students who received the master of arts in teaching degree and 216 students who earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree. More than 140 candidates, or 22 percent of the class of 2013, graduated with academic honors.

“It is an honor and a privilege to confer a record number of degrees at this, our 76th commencement,” said Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener. “Marian University graduates in the class of 2013 represent our very best ideals and are a living testament to the courage, dedication, and vision of our foundresses. I look forward to celebrating with this outstanding group on May 11.”

Three individuals received honorary degrees during the May 11 commencement ceremony:

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks represents the 5th Congressional District of Indiana, which spans eight diverse counties throughout the central part of the Hoosier State. As a new member of Congress, she currently serves on the Education and Workforce, Homeland Security, and Ethics Committees. Brooks will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.

Samuel L. Odle is a senior policy adviser for Bose Public Affairs Group, where he works with clients on a variety of public policy issues involving heath care and the life sciences. He is also a newly elected member of the Indianapolis Public School Board. Odle will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree.

Jefferson W. Brougher is the founder of the Brougher Insurance Group. Following its sale in 1989, he founded International Medical Group (IMG), recognized as the leading provider of worldwide medical insurance for individuals and groups. Brougher will receive an honorary doctor of business administration degree.

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