Duquesne University Announces Graduation Speakers, Honorary Degrees

Duquesne University will host its annual Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

University President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty will deliver the Commencement address and be presented with an honorary doctor of humane letters. He will retire as president on June 30, after serving in that role since August 2001.

Author David McCullough will also be presented with an honorary doctor of humane letters at the Commencement ceremony. A Pittsburgh native, McCullough has earned Pulitzer Prizes for his presidential biographies Truman and John Adams, and has narrated numerous shows and films, including Seabiscuit and the PBS show, American Experience, among others.

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge will be the keynote speaker at the Duquesne University School of Law Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Ridge is the chairman of Ridge Global, which provides solutions to cyber security, international security and risk management issues.

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