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Norman Augustine and Sister Carol Keehan To Give Commencement Addresses

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Arlington, VA - Marymount University's 2010 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 9, at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. More than 400 undergraduates and 300 graduate students will walk across the stage to receive their degrees.

The undergraduate Commencement Address will be given at the morning ceremony by Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation and a former Under Secretary of the Army. He currently serves on the Advisory Board to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and previously served for 16 years on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Mr. Augustine was chairman and principal officer of the American Red Cross for nine years and served as chairman of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering, the Association of the United States Army, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the Defense Science Board. He is a former president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Augustine is the co-author of The Defense Revolution and Shakespeare in Charge and author of Augustine's Laws and Augustine's Travels. Among his many honors are the National Medal of Technology; the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award; and the U.S. Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Service Medal, which he has received five times. Mr. Augustine was also the first recipient of the Marymount University Ethics Award in 1998. At Commencement, Marymount will confer the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters upon Norman R. Augustine in recognition of his distinguished career of leadership in business and government, his outstanding integrity, and his service to the nation.

At the afternoon ceremony, Marymount's graduate Commencement Address will be given by Sister Carol Keehan, DC, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. She has worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals for more than 35 years and has held influential roles in the governance of a variety of health care, insurance, and educational organizations. Sister Keehan is regularly listed as one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" in the annual Modern Healthcare Magazine poll. She is a representative to the International Federation of Catholic Health Care Associations of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Health Care, and a past Board chair of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. In addition, she has been a member of health, labor, and domestic policy committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Sister Keehan's numerous awards and honors include the American Hospital Association's Trustee Award; The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, bestowed by Pope Benedict XVI; the American Cardinals' Encouragement Award; the Medal of Honor from the Archdiocese of Washington; and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, given by SOAR (Support Our Aging Religious). Marymount will confer the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters upon Sister Carol Keehan in recognition of her outstanding leadership in the health care field and her commitment to making quality, compassionate health care accessible to all.

The other honorees at this year's Commencement ceremonies will be Father David O'Connell, C.M., retiring president of The Catholic University of America, who will receive an honorary doctorate at the undergraduate ceremony; and longtime Marymount friends and benefactors Preston C. and Jeanne Caruthers, who will receive the University's highest honor, The Majella Berg Medal, at the graduate ceremony. Mr. Caruthers is chairman of Carfam II Associates, L.P., a real estate development firm.