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College of Notre Dame of Maryland Welcomes Dr. Dorothy Brown as 2011 Commencement Speaker

May 18, 2011

College of Notre Dame of Maryland welcomes distinguished alumna Dr. Dorothy Brown as its 2011 commencement speaker. A former provost and professor of history at Georgetown University, Dr. Brown will receive an honorary degree at Notre Dame’s 116th commencement exercises on May 28, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center—the concluding academic occasion for College of Notre Dame of Maryland prior to its historic transition to Notre Dame of Maryland University on September 9. 

Notre Dame will award more than 770 undergraduate and graduate degrees to students in fields ranging from liberal arts to education, nursing and health sciences.

“Dr. Brown’s leadership in Catholic higher education at Notre Dame and Georgetown, in women’s education, and in women’s history has produced a remarkable record of achievement and a legacy of excellence,” said Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D., president of College of Notre Dame. “There is no question that she has used her Notre Dame education to transform the lives of many—she is indeed a shining example of what it means to live as a Notre Dame Woman. I am pleased and proud that she will be part of this historic occasion, and that we will have the pleasure of recognizing her with an honorary degree.”

Dr. Brown served as interim president of College of Notre Dame of Maryland during the 1996-97 academic year. She also served on the board of trustees of her high school alma mater, Notre Dame of Maryland Preparatory School. 

“As a distinguished alumna and nationally recognized historian, Dr. Brown will bring a historian’s perspective, a scholar’s knowledge and an alumna’s experience to her address to the graduating class and their guests. Her longstanding engagement with Notre Dame and her deep understanding of the institution and its mission make her the perfect speaker for this occasion,” Dr. Seurkamp said.

Educated in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, Dr. Brown received her bachelor’s degree from College of Notre Dame of Maryland and her master’s degree and doctorate from Georgetown University. She retired as provost and professor of history at Georgetown University in the summer of 2002 after 36 years of teaching and administration at the oldest Jesuit university in the United States. During the course of her career at Georgetown, she held a variety of administrative positions, including the director of the American studies program, chair of the department of history and coordinator of academic planning. Georgetown honored Dr. Brown’s legacy by establishing the Dorothy Brown Award, which annually recognizes an outstanding faculty member.

College of Notre Dame of Maryland 
College of Notre Dame of Maryland, a Catholic liberal arts college founded in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, engages students as confident, capable learners and leaders, thriving in the vibrant, personal community of its distinguished Women’s College, College for Adult Undergraduate Studies and graduate programs. Rich in tradition, Notre Dame provides students with opportunities in research, study abroad and service to the global community. Notre Dame’s graduates change lives—in their careers, communities and families. In September 2011, the College becomes Notre Dame of Maryland University. Visit www.ndm.edu.