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New bishop of Joliet diocese to address Benedictine undergraduate graduates; Sorensen to address graduate graduates

April 27, 2012

Bishop Conlon

Lisle, Illinois ~ The Most Rev. R. Daniel Conlon, who was recently appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to succeed Bishop J. Peter Sartain as the bishop of the Joliet diocese, will address undergraduate graduates at Benedictine University's 119th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 13 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

"We are honored that the Most Rev. Conlon will address our graduates," said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. "When students arrive at Benedictine University, they are welcomed into the traditions, values and history of a University rooted in a Catholic and Benedictine heritage. As they prepare to embark upon the next great journey of their lives, it is fitting that they are charged with upholding those values and traditions by a bishop of the Church."

Conlon, 62, has served as bishop in Ohio for almost nine years. He was ordained in his native Cincinnati in 1977 and has spent most of his career there. He will be installed as bishop of the Diocese of Joliet by Chicago Cardinal Francis George on July 14 at St. Raymond's Cathedral in Joliet.

Benedictine's commencement activities begin with a Mass at 7:45 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. The gates to the Sports Complex will open at 8:30 a.m.

Commencement ceremonies for associate and bachelor's degree candidates will begin with a procession from Kindlon Hall at 9:45 a.m. The commencement convocation begins at 9:50 a.m. and should conclude by 12:00 p.m.

Commencement ceremonies for graduate and doctoral degree candidates will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Sports Complex.

Peter Sorensen, Ph.D., professor and director of the Ph.D. program in Organization Development (OD) at Benedictine University, will address the commencement ceremony for graduate and doctoral students.

Sorensen was instrumental in developing one of the first master's level programs in OD in 1967, and one of the first Ph.D. programs in OD in 1996. He has authored more than 200 articles, papers and books, including several best paper selections. He is chair of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management, and serves on the editorial boards for the OD Journal, the OD Practitioner and the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development's Training Today, and is a board member of the Midwest Academy of Management Journal.

Parking for commencement is available on the Benedictine University campus, across the street at Benet Academy, 2200 Maple Ave.; at Lisle High School, 1800 Short St.; and at 4951 Indiana Ave. off Burlington Avenue west of Yackley Avenue. Shuttle buses will transport guests between these lots and the Sports Complex between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

For more information about commencement ceremonies at Benedictine University, visit the commencement Web page at www.ben.edu/commencement.

he Most Rev. R. Daniel Conlon, who was recently appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to succeed Bishop J. Peter Sartain as the bishop of the Joliet diocese, will address undergraduate graduates at Benedictine University's 119th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 13 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.

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