2018 Commencement Speakers
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington will address undergraduate degree candidates at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Bishop Burbidge will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the ceremony.
The Most Reverend Burbidge was installed as Bishop of Arlington on Dec. 6, 2016, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More. Previously, he served as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh for a decade. In 2002, he was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, where he oversaw the Office of the Vicar for Clergy and the Office of Communications. He also served as administrative secretary to Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1984.
Bishop Burbidge holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s in theology from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, a master’s in education administration from Villanova University, and a doctorate in education from Immaculata College.
Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will address graduate degree candidates during exercises on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 3:30 p.m
Mr. Donohue has been an influential force in American business and politics since taking the helm of the Chamber in 1997. He has worked to revitalize capital markets, expand trade and domestic energy production, and protect intellectual property rights. Additionally, he has reinvigorated the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which supports Hiring Our Heroes, a program that identifies job opportunities for returning veterans and military spouses.
His career includes leading the American Trucking Associations and service as deputy assistant postmaster general of the United States.
The native New Yorker earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University.