Lourdes announces May Commencement events
Lourdes University is pleased to announce the following May Commencement events. Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony On Saturday, May 18 at noon, Lourdes University President Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek will confer associate and bachelor’s degrees in Russell Ebeid Recreation Center, 6737 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. ProMedica President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Oostra will receive an honorary doctoral degree and provide the Commencement Address. Sandusky native Jacob Supina will deliver the Undergraduate Student Address. During the ceremony, Mr. Supina will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theological Studies with a minor in Psychology. Graduate Commencement & Baccalaureate On Friday, May 17, the Baccalaureate Mass is scheduled at 5 p.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on campus grounds. The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will follow at 7 p.m. Milbury resident Stephanie Shinaver will deliver the Graduate Student Address. During the ceremony, Ms. Shinaver will receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a concentration in Education. Randall D. Oostra, DM Honorary Degree Recipient & Commencement Speaker Doctor of Business, honoris causa Possessing three decades of experience as an executive in healthcare, Dr. Randy Oostra is regarded as one of the nation’s top leaders. He joined ProMedica in 1997 as a vice president and was promoted to successive executive positions. In 2009, Dr. Oostra was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the not-for-profit mission-based, integrated health and well-being organization. Headquartered in Toledo, ProMedica serves communities in 28 states and has more than 56,000 employees serving at the organization’s 13 hospitals, nearly 400 senior care facilities and its medical and dental insurance companies. Under his leadership, ProMedica has received numerous national recognitions for its quality, safety, and patient experience. The organization’s flagship Toledo Hospital received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is recognized as one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals by Healthgrades. All ProMedica wholly owned, qualifying hospitals have received ratings of 3 stars and above from CMS. While leading an organization dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Oostra is recognized as a national thought leader who challenges the status quote in health care, especially as it relates to healthy aging and social determinants of health. He and his team work diligently to advance a national conversation about the need for health systems to take a broader view to health care, addressing the socioeconomic and environmental factors that significantly impact health outcomes, including education, job status, food insecurity, and housing. A former Lourdes University board of trustee, Dr. Oostra is a visionary leader who truly believes community and service go hand in hand. His strong commitment to the healthcare industry and community is exemplified through his involvement in several professional and civic organizations. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the Ohio Hospital Association, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Symphony (past chair), ConnecToledo Downtown Development Corporation (past chair) and The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Named one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and one of Becker’s Healthcare’s 100 Great Leaders to Know in Healthcare, he holds a Doctorate in Management from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science in Management from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northwestern College. Lourdes University Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.
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