90th Commencement Ceremony
Immaculata University held its 90th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18, on the campus of Immaculata University. The president of Immaculata University, Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., conferred degrees on 1,005 graduates. Eighty-eight students received doctoral degrees, 182 students earned master’s degrees, 731 were awarded undergraduate degrees and four students received associate degrees.
The Commencement speaker was Ed Herr, president of Herr Foods, Inc., who also received the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.
Dedicated from an early age, Ed Herr started working for his father, James, when he was 8 years old, dragging potato sacks. Working his way up and learning all aspects of the industry, Ed assumed greater responsibilities. As president of Herr Foods, he is now in charge of sales, marketing, manufacturing and the management of fleet, farms, and properties. Ed also oversees the company’s activities in the area of charitable giving and community and corporate relations.
With a deep commitment to the community, Ed Herr serves on the board of several local organizations including Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., Oxford Senior Center, and the Lighthouse Youth Center. He is also on the board of the Navigators Church Discipleship Ministry in Colorado, an international, interdenominational Christian ministry, and New York City Relief, a non-profit that provides food and resources to the needy. In 2009, Ed helped to found a local faith community called SILO (Serving, Inspiring, Loving Others). He stated in his official biography on the company’s web site that a deep religious commitment is fundamental to all of his business and civic pursuits and it influences all of his relationships and activities.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.