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Two Summer Commencements Slated at Duquesne University

The Rangos School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University will host its annual summer Commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Dr. Rory A. Cooper, the FISA & Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Chair and a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, will deliver the commencement address.

Cooper is the founding director and a senior research career scientist of the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence. He is the co-director of the NSF Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center, and he holds a secondary appointment as a professor in the Departments of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Timothy R. Austin, Duquesne provost and vice president for academic affairs, will confer the degrees.

In addition, Elizabet Dennehy Rodriguez, founder and president of Rodriguez & Associates, will address the graduates at the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement's (SLPA) Commencement on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1:30 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Rodriguez, who is an adjunct faculty member for SLPA, heads her strategic consulting firm which specializes in a customized approach regarding women's advancement in organizations. She and her executive team develop and implement women's initiatives, leadership programs for women and strategies on how to enhance female contributions in the workplace.

The author of Can You Afford to Ignore Me? How to Manage Gender and Cultural Differences at Work, Rodriguez also serves as lead faculty for the Women's Executive Leadership Program at Duquesne.

Austin will confer degrees at the SLPA Commencement ceremony.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.