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College of Notre Dame Welcomes Harold “Hal” Smith as 2010 Commencement Speaker

May 17, 2010

Harold A. “Hal” Smith, executive director emeritus of Catholic Charities of Baltimore, will be the 2010 commencement speaker for College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center. More than 700 women and men from Notre Dame’s Women’s College, Accelerated College, Weekend College and Graduate Studies programs will be awarded degrees.

Mr. Smith, who headed Catholic Charities for 33 years before his retirement in 2009, will be presented with the degree of doctor of humane letters, honoris causa.

“I can’t think of a better role model for our graduates than Hal Smith. A man of many talents, he devoted his extensive career to serving the needs of those less fortunate—people suffering from poverty, illness, homelessness, disability and hunger,” said Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D., president of College of Notre Dame. 

“Hal has been generous friend to the Notre Dame community, helping us establish the non-profit management studies program and providing students with opportunities for service learning through Catholic Charities’ many programs,” recalled Dr. Seurkamp.

Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students work closely with Catholic Charities organizations, sharing their skills and growing in their understanding of social issues while serving diverse populations. Notre Dame School of Pharmacy students tie themes from their curriculum to real-life situations and gain practical experience through partnerships with Our Daily Bread, Esperanza Center, Jenkins Senior Living Community and My Sister’s Place. 

Catholic Charities is the leading private provider of human services in the State of Maryland with an annual budget of $125 million. Its 2,100 employees serve more than 160,000 people and provide over a quarter million meals to the poor every year. 

College of Notre Dame is recognized for its commitment to a liberal arts education, including strong teacher preparation and nursing degree programs and small class sizes. The Women’s College, the first Catholic college for women in the United States to award the four-year baccalaureate degree, offers 27 majors. Notre Dame was named to the “Great Schools, Great Prices” listing in America’s Best Colleges 2010. In fall 2009 the College welcomed its inaugural class to the School of Pharmacy. Weekend and Accelerated Colleges offer part-time programs for working women and men. Graduate Studies in education, nursing, management, communication and liberal studies provide students with a focused contemporary curriculum. Visit ndm.edu for more information.