Marian University spring commencement set for May 16-17

FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University will hold its 74th spring commencement on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17.

The Commencement weekend will begin on Friday, May 16, with the School of Nursing pinning ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Marian's Sadoff Gymnasium. The School of Education will also hold its pinning and commissioning ceremony on Friday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. in Dorcas Chapel. All graduates and guests are invited to the President's Champagne Reception in the Hornung Student Center at 6:00 p.m. following the ceremonies.

Activities on Saturday, May 17 will begin with a Graduation Liturgy in Dorcas Chapel at 10:30 a.m. The graduation ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. outdoor on the Marian University quad.

Marian alumna, Dr. Tosha Meredith '94 will be the commencement speaker. Meredith is also the owner of Transformational Management Services, Inc., a management consulting firm that specializes in providing financial literacy training for low-to-moderate income citizens and attempts to "change the economy one mind at a time." Meredith is committed to global social justice and equality for all people, and is a recipient of the Marian University "Sister Judith Schmidt Core Values Award." Meredith founded The Dr. Tosha Meredith Foundation in 2012 in which she does charity work and travels internationally doing mission work.

Dr. Meredith received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix; an M.B.A from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and a B.S. in Administration of Justice from Marian University. Also, Dr. Meredith earned a Master of Military Operational Art and Science at the Air Command and Staff College, and a MAE in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Dianne Bergant, CSA, will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree. Bergant was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2000-01) and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past twenty years. For more than fifteen years, she was the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today. Bergant was a member of the editorial board of that magazine for twenty-five years, five of those years she served as the magazine's general editor. From 2002 through 2005, Bergant wrote the weekly column "The Word" for America magazine. She is currently working in the areas of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, particularly issues of peace, ecology and feminism.

Bergant holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wis.; an M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University.

Dr. Patrick G. Coy will be presented with the Magnificat Award. Coy is Professor of Political Science and Conflict Management at Kent State University and Director of the Center for Applied Conflict Management, which was set up as the university's original "living memorial" to the KSU students killed by the Ohio National Guard while protesting the US war on Vietnam and Cambodia on May 4, 1970.

Coy is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Mediation Center, and the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the International Peace Research Foundation. He has served as an international observer in the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, has co-led peacemaking delegations to Iraq, Libya and the former USSR, and lived in intentional community in the Catholic Worker movement for seven years.

Formerly the national chairperson of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Dr. Coy has also served as a research fellow of the Albert Einstein Institution, and the executive director of the Lentz Peace Research Laboratory. In addition, Coy was a Fulbright Scholar in Botswana, working on indigenous minority rights issues with the Research Centre for San (Bushmen) Studies.

Dr. Coy holds a Ph.D. in Social Science and an M.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University; an M.A. in Theology from Marquette University; and a B.S. in humanistic Studies from Marian University.

In addition, Dr. Bruce Prall, will earn Professor Emeritus status. Prall served as a professor of chemistry and physical science in Marian University's School of Arts and Sciences for 42 years, and was an integral part of the growth of Marian University, especially in the athletics department. As one of the first lay male faculty at Marian, Dr. Prall began as an assistant professor of chemistry. Dr. Prall oversaw the development and growth of athletics at Marian and served in several administrative positions during his tenure, including associate dean, division chairperson and interim vice president of academic affairs, as well as Marian's first athletic director and coach for both men's and women's basketball.

Dr. Prall earned his Ph.D. at the University of Nevada-Reno, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees at Kansas State University-Emporia.

Tickets are required for the graduation ceremony in the event of inclement weather. For more information, contact Hillary Anderson at (920) 923-8133 or email

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