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Saint Joseph's College Names Commencement Speaker for 2017 Commencement Exercises on May 13

STANDISH---Saint Joseph’s College has announced that Catholic author and journalist Kerry Weber will serve as this year’s commencement speaker.

The 2017 Saint Joseph’s College Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m., at the school’s Sebago Lake campus, located on 278 Whites Bridge Road in Standish. The ceremony will celebrate the achievements of more than 650 students who have met degree requirements on campus and online. Bishop Robert P. Deeley will participate in the commencement exercises.

Weber is an award-winning author, having written Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job (2014) and Keeping the Faith: Prayers for College Students (2009). She also serves as an executive editor of America magazine and as a co-host of America This Week, a weekly radio program on SiriusXM 129 (The Catholic Channel). In 2013, Weber reported from Rwanda as a recipient of Catholic Relief Services' Egan Journalism Fellowship recognizing excellence in the Catholic media. She is a graduate of Providence College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

“As a Catholic public intellectual, Kerry Weber’s efforts as a journalist have shaped our understanding of what it means to be an engaged person of faith at a crucial time for our communities and our country,” said Saint Joseph’s College President James Dlugos, Ph.D., who will confer the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Weber. “At Saint Joseph’s College, we consider it our responsibility to ensure that our graduates bring to their professions our core values of faith, community, compassion, and excellence–--values that Weber’s work exemplifies.”

“I am humbled by this honor and grateful that it allows me to become a part of the Saint Joseph's College community,” said Weber. “It is wonderful to connect with a place that embodies mercy through its continued commitment to faith, compassion and justice."

In addition to conferring an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Weber, Saint Joseph’s College will also award an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service to Dr. Jeanne Arnold of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service to Ron Phillips of Waldoboro.

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