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b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_8252.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual Commencement exercises Sunday, May 3, honoring approximately 730 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

The Most Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, delivered the Commencement Address. During the ceremony, the Bishop received a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis as well as an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University.

The special blessing from the Pope, presented to Bishop Zubik by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and Laura Ellsworth, a University trustee and partner at Jones Day, honored Bishop Zubik on the day that marked the 40th anniversary of his ordination, which was May 3, 1975. 

Presented with the blessing was a letter from Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, from which Ellsworth read a few lines:

“On Sunday, May 3, you will celebrate your 40th anniversary of priestly ordination as you also give the Commencement Address at Waynesburg University and receive an honorary doctorate. It is a great pleasure for me to offer you fraternal congratulations on this day that renews for all of us the joy of your ordination and at the same time to offer heartfelt best wishes as you receive this distinguished academic recognition.”

During his Commencement Address, Bishop Zubik referenced the University’s motto, Fiat Lux, or “let there be light,” and urged graduates to never forget that as their calling. 

He also referenced Pope Francis’s top ten tips for bringing greater joy to one’s life, which include working for peace, respecting the beliefs of others, letting go of negativity, respecting and taking care of nature, investing in youth, keeping the Sabbath holy, developing a healthy sense of leisure, proceeding calmly in life, being giving of yourselves to others and to live and let live.

“To sum up Pope Francis’s top ten tips to bring joy into life – Fiat Lux,” Bishop Zubik said. “My hope and prayer for all of you is that you truly live the motto of this great institution.”

The Bishop also encouraged graduates to strive to live in God’s grace.

“Every day is a point of grace, and grace will be encountered in the people we share that day with. You and I live in a world that challenges us each and every day. The key is to not let those challenges overwhelm us.

b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_7983.jpgThe following graduates were named valedictorians:

  • John Evan Allison, a biology (pre-med) graduate from Hickory, Pa.
  • Isaiah Antoine Cochran, a biology (pre-med) graduate from Akron, Ohio
  • Sara Marie Faiad, a psychology graduate from South Fork, Pa.
  • Quincy Alexander Hathaway, an environmental science graduate from Jefferson, Pa.
  • Carolyn May Highland, a biology (pre-med) graduate from Allentown, Pa.
  • Jeremy Scott Hinkle, a forensic accounting graduate from Washington, Pa.
  • Gina Marie Robinson, an English (literature) graduate from Lower Burrell, Pa.

Cochran delivered the valedictory on behalf of the valedictorians. Laura A. Smith, who received a Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling, represented the graduate program students.

Prior to the commencement exercises, The Rev. Dr. Peter J. Paris, the Elmer G. Homrighausen professor emeritus of Christian social ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, delivered the Baccalaureate Address, “On Becoming a Good Person.”

He urged graduates to consider how they can embody the mission of the University in their respective careers and to strive to use their achievements for the good of the world at large.

“The good you achieve for yourself can also be for a greater good – the good of others – the greatest good a human can do,” he said.

b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_7917.jpgRev. Dr. Paris encouraged graduates to never underestimate their power as young individuals, stating that the young have the energy and vision necessary for constructive social change.

Rev. Dr. Paris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree for the ways in which he parallels Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

The University awarded the following degrees to graduates:  Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Management and Leadership, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_8530.jpgThe Most Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, and The Rev. Dr. Peter J. Paris, the Elmer G. Homrighausen professor emeritus of Christian social ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees during Waynesburg University’s commencement exercises Sunday, May 3.

The degrees were conferred upon Zubik and Paris for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

Members of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees presented the recipients and assisted with investitures.

The following citations were read:

Most Reverend David A. Zubik, D.D.

Bishop David A. Zubik, in recognition of your enthusiastic devotion to proclaiming the Good News, Waynesburg University honors you.

For four decades, you have led a life guided by Christ and have remained dedicated to furthering the doctrine of the Catholic faith. Indeed, forty years ago on this very day, the third of May, the Catholic Church ordained you a priest.

A strong, influential pastoral figure, your life shines as an extraordinary example of faith, service and leadership. Your deep conviction to God ignites that same passion in others as you serve the Greater Glory.

For your unwavering commitment to and passion for your calling, we admire you. For the ways in which your personal mission relates to Waynesburg University’s longstanding traditions of faith and servant leadership, we are pleased to recognize you.

On this anniversary of your ordination, for your distinguished contributions to your community and the Kingdom of God, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Reverend Dr. Peter J. Paris

Reverend Dr. Peter J. Paris, in recognition of your steadfast commitment to the Christian faith and to all those you so diligently serve and teach, Waynesburg University honors you.

A distinguished scholar, professor, author and reverend, your voice has influenced people around the world. Your unwavering dedication to Christian social ethics has set you apart as an outstanding role model and an inspirational academic leader in religion and society.

Your scholarly work and ministry have expounded the certain truth that our society is strongest when we value the differences among us, and your personal commitment to your own walk with faith inspires others to walk boldly with Christ as well. 

For your devotion to enacting positive change in communities across the globe, we commend you. For the meaningful and extensive impact you make through your work as a passionate educator and reverend, we are pleased to recognize you.

In gratitude and respect for your achievements and for the ways in which you parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, May 3, on the campus of Waynesburg University. The celebration will honor approximately 730 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

The Rev. Dr. Peter J. Paris, the Elmer G. Homrighausen professor emeritus of Christian social ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker. The Most Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, will address the Class of 2015 as the Commencement speaker.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.

Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Both the Rev. Dr. Paris and Bishop Zubik will be honored during the Commencement Ceremony with honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for the ways in which their lives and personal missions relate to the mission of Waynesburg University.

b2ap3_thumbnail_peter-j-paris-12.jpgRev. Dr. Peter Paris

In addition to Princeton Theological Seminary, the Rev. Dr. Paris has also taught at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn., Howard University School of Divinity in Washington D.C., Union Theological Seminary in New York City, N.Y., and Harvard University Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. He has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from both Boston University and the Society of Christian Ethics.

He has been elected to several national offices, including the presidencies of the American Theological Society, the Society of Christian Ethics, the Society for the Study of Black Religion and the American Academy of Religion.

The Rev. Dr. Paris has published several books including “Black Religious Leaders: Unity in Diversity;” “The Social Teaching of the Black Churches;” “The Spirituality of African Peoples: The Search for a Common Moral Discourse;” and “Virtues and Values: The African and African American Experience.” 

He has authored numerous academic journal articles and book chapters and edited several books. He is the general editor of a series with New York University Press on religion, race and ethnicity, and he continues to lecture and teach widely throughout the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, India and Brazil.

The Rev. Dr. Paris was ordained in the African United Baptist Association of the Atlantic Baptist Convention of Canada and has served churches in various roles in addition to his present role on the Freedom and Justice Advisory Committee of the Baptist World Alliance.

The Rev. Dr. Paris completed two degrees at Acadia University and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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Bishop Zubik was ordained a priest in 1975 by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. In 1997, he was consecrated a bishop at Saint Paul Cathedral and was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

In 2007, he was named the Twelfth Bishop of Pittsburgh by Pope Benedict XVI and was installed at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

Previously, he was named associate general secretary and chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and on January 1, 1996, became vicar general and general secretary bishop, a position in which he served until his appointment as the eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

He has also served as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, vice principal of Quigley Catholic High School, chaplain to the sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse, chaplain to the students at Mount Gallitzin Academy, adjunct spiritual director at Saint Paul Seminary and associate spiritual director at Saint Vincent Seminary, among other roles.

Bishop Zubik holds an undergraduate degree as well as a master’s degree in education administration from Duquesne University and a degree in theology from Saint Mary Seminary and University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgBeginning in the fall of 2015, Waynesburg University will offer a new master’s degree in Criminal Investigation.

“The master’s degree in Criminal Investigation is a 30-credit program that will distinguish our University from many others in the region that offer graduate level courses beyond Criminal Justice, Criminology or Police Administration,” said James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University. 

Criminal Investigation is a 500 level graduate program for professionals and students who have completed the requisite undergraduate courses in Criminal Justice Administration or have comparable training, skills or professional experience relating to the field.

The program consists of courses such as Advanced Criminal Investigation, Advanced Crime Scene Investigation, Advanced Interview and Interrogation, Research in the Justice System and Effective Criminal Profiling. 

Students pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Investigation will learn about ethical decision-making and leadership in the field as well as build upon their interview and interrogation skills.

“This unique blend of advanced level courses from each discipline creates an exclusive opportunity for students, police officers and other professionals in the field to obtain a Master’s Degree in Criminal Investigation, not offered anywhere outside of Waynesburg University,” said Tanda.

The Criminal Investigation courses will be offered at Waynesburg University’s main campus as well as the Southpointe, Monroeville and Seven Fields centers. Select courses can be completed online.

For more information, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/graduate/graduate-majors/master-of-arts-in-criminal-investigation or contact Tanda at jtanda@waynesburg.edu or Adam Jack, chairperson for the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department and assistant professor of criminal justice, at ajack@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-10-charter-day.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate its 166th year and the 165th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 24. The convocation will be held in Waynesburg University’s Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

“Each year on Charter Day, we reflect upon the University community and its traditions of faith, service and academic rigor,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “For 166 years, our students, faculty and staff have established lives defined by leadership and service. This is a time to celebrate the profound impact they have had on the world.”

Bishop Loran E. Mann, founder and senior pastor of the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, will address those in attendance. The Rev. Dr. Mann’s ministry spans more than forty years and includes spiritual, educational, social and recreational components.

Bishop Mann is actively involved in the worldwide ministry of the Church of God in Christ. In April of 2000, he was appointed Commissioner of Television for the denomination by Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the General Assembly, the legislative branch of the church.

In March 2005, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell appointed Bishop Mann as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission. This commission and his oversight establishes policy for all public television stations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bishop Mann began global ministry in 2005 when he established the Worldwide Gospel Network to provide religious programming via internet around-the-clock, seven days-a-week.

A respected former broadcast journalist, Bishop Mann received numerous awards over his twenty-one year career as News Anchor/Reporter for WPXI-TV, Channel 11, the Pittsburgh affiliate of NBC.

Bishop Mann attended the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing further studies in religion at Liberty University.

In 2010, Waynesburg University awarded Bishop Mann an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his desire and commitment to live out his dreams as they relate to his God-given talents and serving others.

For more information, contact Mary Fox at 724-852-7677 or visit www.waynesburg.edu.

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