USF to celebrate December commencement

The University of St. Francis (USF) will celebrate its December commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14 at its Joliet campus. The university will graduate 547 students from 30 states, Washington D.C. and the countries of Canada and France.

The commencement procession will be led by senior faculty members Richard Lorenc, professor of Mass Communication, who will carry the San Damiano Cross, and Lyle Hicks, professor of Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management, who will serve as grand marshal.

J.D. Ross, executive director of the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, and immediate past president of the University of St. Francis Board of Trustees, will give the commencement address.

The invocation will be given by graduating student Ashley D’Arcy of Plainfield, who will graduate with a master’s of Education degree in Teaching and Learning. The benediction and prayer will be given by Janet Speckman of Channahon, who will graduate with a bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Management.

Degrees will be conferred by USF President Arvid Johnson; Kathleen McGowan, of Naperville, chairperson of the Board of Trustees; and Provost Frank Pascoe. Alumni Association President Karen Ciarlette, of Channahon, will welcome the new graduates.

With more than 44,000 alumni and 3,400 students nationwide, the University of St. Francis in Joliet offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit .

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