Saint Joseph’s College graduation on Saturday, May 14

When: 10 a.m. Procession of graduates leaves Alfond Hall at 9:55 a.m. to march across central quad to Alfond Center (led by bagpiper Robert Gillis of Old Orchard Beach)
Where: Standish campus, Whites Bridge Road
Press Parking: at side of Alfond Hall next to St. George Hall (near standpipes)

Honorary degree recipients of Doctor of Humane Letters

Sister Marilyn Lacey is the founder and executive director of Mercy Beyond Borders, a non-profit organization that partners with displaced women and children overseas to alleviate extreme poverty. Fostering education, seed capital for women's projects and maternal and child health, Mercy Beyond Borders is especially active in southern Sudan and Kenya.
Radio broadcaster and station owner Robert Fuller, a Maine resident for much of the last 50 years, founded WBLM, one of Maine's most popular stations for decades. In his many years in radio -- from young disc jockey to program director to multi-station owner -- Fuller served the public. WBLM and Fuller's other radio stations were instrumental in United Way campaigns, initiating the annual kickoffs in Portland that attracted 10,000 people. Nationally, his coast-to-coast radio stations have supported and promoted more than 1,000 service organizations.

Commencement speaker

For 25 years, Sister Marilyn Lacey has worked with refugees in the U.S., Africa, and Southeast Asia - dedicating her life to making the world a more welcoming place for people forced to leave their homelands because of war or persecution. For many years she directed programs for refugees and immigrants, including the resettlement of the Lost Boys of Sudan, while working at Catholic Charities in San Jose, Calif.

In 2001, Lacey was personally honored by the Dalai Lama as an "Unsung Hero of Compassion," and in Spring 2009 Ave Maria Press released her memoir This Flowing Toward Me: A Story of God Arriving in Strangers. She holds a master's degree in social work from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of California, Sr. Lacey has been a Sister of Mercy since 1966.

May 5, 2011
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu