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Notre Dame of Maryland University Graduates First Class of Pharmacists, Journalist and Author Kathleen Koch Receives Honorary Doctorate

May 24, 2013

Notre Dame of Maryland University celebrated a historic commencement on May 25, as the School of Pharmacy graduated its first class of doctors of pharmacy. The ceremony also marked the first presided over by James F. Conneely, Ph.D., Notre Dame’s twelfth president (click to read his commencement address). Award-winning journalist and author Kathleen Koch addressed the graduates (click to read her address) and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Kirby Gaddy, Women’s College Class of 2013, spoke on behalf of graduates (click to read her address).

“In honoring Kathleen Koch, we celebrate and affirm the work of a journalist and author who epitomizes the Notre Dame of Maryland motto: Veritatem prosequimur—We pursue truth,” read the citation (click to view) honoring Ms. Koch, which was presented by Dr. Jeana DelRosso, professor of English and director of Notre Dame’s Elizabeth Morrissy Honors Program. “With a keen reporter’s eye, Kathleen brought narratives of courage and forbearance to a global audience. Now she uses her extraordinary gifts for communication to build support for those touched by tragedy.”

President Conneely presented Notre Dame's prestigious 2013 Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award to Associate Professor Maeve O'Donovan. The annual honor recognizes an outstanding faculty member for their contributions to the University and the community at large. "We thank you, Dr. O’Donovan, for the excellence that marks your teaching, your commitment to students and your many contributions to our community," said Dr. Conneely in his announcement. (Click through for the full citation)

Four hundred and three graduates were awarded bachelor’s degrees at the ceremony, held at the Baltimore Convention Center. Three hundred fifty-six received master’s degrees, 11 received the Certificate of Advanced Study in Education (CASE), 4 were awarded doctoral degrees in education and 53 received their doctorates in pharmacy. 

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Notre Dame of Maryland University

Notre Dame of Maryland University, founded as a Catholic liberal arts college in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, educates nearly 3,000 women and men enrolled in degree and certificate programs at its main campus in north Baltimore and at satellite centers in Maryland. The University encompasses a distinguished Women’s College, the first Catholic institution of its kind in America; a College of Adult Undergraduate Studies; a College of Graduate Studies, and an English language Institute, and includes Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing and Pharmacy. Rich in tradition, Notre Dame provides students with opportunities in research, study abroad and service to the global community. Visit www.ndm.edu.  

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