Immaculata University will hold its 93rd Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. for graduates of the College of Graduate Studies (CGS), and Sunday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. for graduates of the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) and 3:00 p.m. for graduates of the College of LifeLong Learning (CLL). The president of Immaculata University, Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., will confer degrees upon 701 graduates. Eighty-six students will receive doctorate degrees; 171 will be awarded master’s degrees; 435 will receive bachelor’s degrees and nine students will be given associate degrees.
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that the prestigious Immaculata Medal will be bestowed upon Sister Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN, who will also serve as the Commencement speaker during the ceremony for the College of Undergraduate Studies. In addition, retiring President Sister Patricia Fadden will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.), during the CUS ceremony and will serve as speaker for both the CGS and CLL ceremonies.
Sister Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN: The Immaculata Medal*
Working to improve the lives of the elderly, immigrants, veterans, children, people with disabilities or mental illness, and victims of violence, Sister Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN, is raising awareness of national social justice issues. Her work demonstrates her creative leadership and Catholic values, which make her an ideal candidate for the 2017 Immaculata Medal.
Referring to herself as a “Sister Nurse,” Sister Rosemary is a member of the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. As the recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow in 1977, Sister Rosemary gleaned valuable experience in health policy on Capitol Hill. She spent her early career at The Catholic University of America, where she served as dean of Nursing before being named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the University. During her tenure at The Catholic University of America, she was instrumental in securing federally funded grants and devoting resources to educate graduate nursing students. In 2009, she joined Duquesne University School of Nursing where she holds the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University, Sister Rosemary continued her education receiving both a master’s in Nursing Education and a Ph.D. in Higher Education/Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.
The American Academy of Nursing named Sister Rosemary a living legend, awarding her the Elizabeth Seton Medal from Seton Hill University. She served as president of the National League for Nursing, and president of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, and was the former senior editor of Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Sister Rosemary has authored over 120 publications and book chapters, and has presented her work at countless national and international conferences.
*The Immaculata Medal is bestowed upon men and women who have publicly exercised creative leadership or given evidence of sound scholarship in the arts, letters, sciences, or professions or served the University in an extraordinary manner.
Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D.: Doctor of Humane Letters
Upon her retirement, the Board of Trustees is acknowledging Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., for her service as the 9th president of Immaculata University since 2002. During her presidency, she oversaw Immaculata’s transition to University status and the successful move to coeducation in 2005. She led several renovation and construction projects including the Draper Walsh Stadium, the Lillian Lettiere Center and initiated the campaign to construct a new Student Center. Sister Pat’s presence in the community has been invaluable to Immaculata University with her leadership roles within the PAC/CSAC athletic conferences of the NCAA and her service as a board member for several education-related organizations such as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education among others.
Located on the Main Line in scenic Chester County, 20 miles west of Philadelphia, Immaculata University is a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher learning. On November 12, 1920, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted a college charter to the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, making Immaculata the first Catholic women’s college in the region. The IHM Sisters’ mission of educating women for more than 165 years has produced approximately 22,000 alumni worldwide and currently has nearly 3,000 students enrolled in 53 undergraduate majors, seven master’s degree programs, three doctoral degree programs, and over 40 additional professional endorsement, certificate and certification programs. Immaculata University contributes to the development of the whole person of any faith, fostering a commitment to truth, service, justice, and peace.