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Marian University to celebrate 75th Commencement - 4/29/2012

Marian University will celebrate its 75th Commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday May 5, 2012. Sr. Barbara Piller ʼ71, Sisters of St. Francis (OSF), will deliver the commencement address. Piller is the congregational minister of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana.

Marian University has a record 622 candidates for degrees this year, including 120 students who will receive the master of arts in teaching and 147 adult students who will earn accelerated business administration degrees from Marian’s Adult Programs. More than 120 candidates, or 19 percent of the class of 2012, will graduate with academic honors.

Four individuals will receive honorary degrees during the May 5 commencement ceremony:

Mother Mary Clarissa Dillhoff, OSF, was the university’s founder and first president, the visionary leader who made the decision to purchase the former Allison estate and establish Marian University (then known as Marian College) in Indianapolis. She will receive a posthumous honorary doctor of divinity degree.

John A. Purdie is a certified public accountant and business leader. A United States Army veteran and member of the Marian University Board of Trustees, Purdie will be named an honorary doctor of business administration.

Eugene and the late Marilyn Glick are among the most generous philanthropists in Indiana and actively support Marian University’s Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab. Both will receive honorary doctor of humanities degrees.

“It is an honor and a privilege to confer a record number of degrees on this, our 75th commencement,” said President Daniel J. Elsener. “The graduates in the class of 2012 represent the very best ideals of the university and are a living testament to the courage, dedication and vision of our founders. I look forward to celebrating with this outstanding group on May 5.”

About Marian University Indianapolis
Marian University, founded in Indianapolis in 1937, is the only Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It serves a student body of more than 2,500 from 20 states and 12 countries through dedication to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Marian University is one of Indiana’s 31 independent colleges and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities nationwide.

Since 2001, Marian University has been led by President Daniel J. Elsener, whose vision and leadership are transforming the university. In 2010, the university announced it would develop the first college of osteopathic medicine in Indiana; in 2011, it broke ground on the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences. Marian University is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2012.