Father Baker will offer the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 11, and will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate from College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell at the Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12.
Father Baker was the editor of Homiletic & Pastoral Review for the past 40 years, and currently serves as Editor Emeritus of the online edition. He made his perpetual vows in the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1949, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1960. He earned his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 1967 and spent a number of years teaching at Gonzaga University in Washington. After serving as the president of Seattle University for almost year, in 1970, he resigned and moved to New York where he began his role as editor of Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
On Saturday, May 12, Mother Agnes Donovan, S.V., the Superior of the Sisters of Life in New York, will deliver the Commencement Address and will be awarded with Christendom College's Pro Deo et Patria Medal for Distinguished Service to God and Country.
Mother Agnes was one of the first women to respond to then-Archbishop of the Diocese of New York John Cardinal O’Connor’s inspiration for the Sisters of Life, a religious community of consecrated women who, by way of a fourth vow, are dedicated to the protection of the sacredness of human life. She received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 and served as a professor of psychology at both Columbia University in New York City and The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a certified School Psychologist both in New York and Virginia.
The 100 graduates of the Class of 2012 represent not only the largest in the college’s history, but also one of the most diverse in that it includes students from England, Japan, Canada, Kenya, and the U.S. Additionally, 38 of the graduates have siblings who are Christendom alumni, and 12 are children of alumni. The graduates scheduled to receive B.A. degrees include:
Frances Allington, Brady Anderson, Catherine Antunes, Christine Ascik, Emily Baldwin, Anthony Barren, Mary Becher, Clare Behe, Daniel Beller, Grace Bellow, Melanie Bright, Anne Brock, Blaise Buckner, Michael Bugin, Ted Cantu, Andrew Ciskanik, Johnny Ciskanik, Erin Clark, Thomas Connolly, Denton Coyne, Katie Coyne, Elizabeth Crnkovich, Robin Curran, Vincent D’Agostino, Michael Davis, Caroline Deucher, Frances Dewey, Dominick Donahue, Jonathan Duerbeck, Robert Fetsko, Christopher Foeckler, Brian Fox, Katie Francis, David Frank, Timothy Ginski, Sarah Golden, Celia Gossin, Laura Grau, Lisa Holdsworth, Lisa Hoonhout, Emily Hurt, Jessica Inzeo, Christine Kelly, Meghan Kelly, Jacqueline Kenney, Brian Killackey, Theresa King, Jane Kokes, Dominic Krestyn, Mark La Favre, Patricia Lademan, Richard Lancaster, Eryn Landry, Mary Langan, Joseph Long, Catherine Marra, Rebecca Matthews, Kelsey McCrum, Joe McGlynn, John McGovern, Jane McGuire, Arlen McKeague, Colin McKeague, Peter McNeely, Anna McShurley, David McWhirter, Leah Merrill, Lindsey Mershon, Brianna Miller, Molly Morey, Kaitlyn Morgan, Paul Nangurai, Theresa Nelson, JP Niedzwiecki, Christine Nussio, Dominic O’Donnell, Philip O’Neill, Cecilia O’Reilly, Laura Osterhage, Mary Pondo, Brian Prater, Elizabeth Sartor, Martin Schmidt, Gabe Schuberg, Adele Smith, Andrea Smith, Megan Speer, Patrick Stein, Joseph Stephens, Michael Strickland, Angela Swagler, Christopher Tipton, Kevin Todd, Stephen Tomlinson, Dominic Vieira, Jeremy Vierling, Elizabeth Wagner, Tara Walsh, Jessica Ward, and Matthew Worley.
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Christendom College is a four-year coeducational Roman Catholic Liberal Arts College with undergraduate and graduate programs offered on three campuses in Front Royal and Alexandria, Virginia, and Rome, Italy.