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Notre Dame of Maryland University Welcomes CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus as 2012 Commencement Speaker

April 22, 2012

CBS Sports chairman and six-time Emmy Award-winner Sean McManus will speak at Notre Dame of Maryland University’s 2012 Commencement on May 26 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The historic ceremony will mark Notre Dame’s first as a University and the final official event of Dr. Mary Pat Seurkamp’s 15-year presidency. Along with nurse-practitioner, philanthropist and social activist Mary Catherine Bunting, Mr. McManus will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Theirs will be the first diplomas awarded under the name “Notre Dame of Maryland University.”

Mr. McManus was president of both CBS News and CBS Sports from 2005 to 2011 before being promoted to his current position. During his tenure as president, CBS News garnered more major awards than the news division of any other network, including the coveted Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award in January 2010 for “CBS Reports: Children of the Recession.” Mr. McManus was named president of CBS Sports in 1996, and led the division for more than 14 years. Early in his career, he worked for NBC Sports, where, in 1982, he became the youngest vice president in the history of the network, serving as vice president, program planning and development. He is an honors graduate of Duke University with a degree in English and history.

Mr. McManus is the son of two beloved Baltimoreans and friends of Notre Dame — the late newspaper columnist and Notre Dame alumna Margaret Dempsey McManus and the late James McManus, better known as Jim McKay, the legendary sportscaster who is best known for hosting ABC's Wide World of Sports and for his grace under pressure as anchor of the 1972 Munich Olympics. Mrs. McManus graduated from College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1941 and remained devoted to her alma mater throughout her life. She served on alumnae boards and fundraising committees, and was the first alumna elected to the Board of Trustees in 1979. In 1986, she established, developed and named A Child’s Place, Notre Dame’s acclaimed early childhood learning center located on the campus. In recognition of their immeasurable contributions to the University and the greater community, both Margaret and Jim McManus, a graduate of Loyola University Maryland, were presented with Notre Dame’s Pro Urbe award in 1986.

“Sean’s career has been distinguished by the pursuit of truth and excellence,” said President Seurkamp. “Armed with a strong liberal arts foundation and with two accomplished journalists as parents and role models, Sean welds the power of storytelling to inform, entertain and inspire people to action.”

Mary Catherine Bunting’s charitable efforts and advocacy have transformed healthcare and education at institutions throughout the Baltimore region, including Catholic Charities, Mercy Medical Center, Catholic Relief Services, Maryvale Preparatory School, Healthcare for the Homeless, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and environmental and cultural organizations. Her leadership gift to the Notre Dame School of Pharmacy was pivotal in the construction of the University’s G. Avery Bunting Hall, the newly completed 25,000 square foot facility named for her grandfather.

“Mary Catherine Bunting has spent her life honoring the lives of individual persons, caring for them as a nurse, as a nurse practitioner, as a helping hand in time of difficulty, and as a friend,” said President Seurkamp. “In addition, she has been a very generous benefactor not only to this institution, but also to the many organizations and causes that are consistent with the mission of our University.”

Notre Dame will award more than 720 undergraduate and graduate degrees to students in fields ranging from liberal arts to education, nursing and health sciences. [For details and ticket information, visit http://www.ndm.edu/community-and-tradition/commencement]

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