Regis University to honor Rich Swan with Civis Princeps (First Citizen) Award and Fr. Lawrence David Radice with honorary degree at spring commencement

Donnie VeaseyMay 01, 2013

(DENVER) – Regis University will recognize the significant contributions of two individuals when the University presents the highest honor it bestows, the Civis Princeps (First Citizen) Award, to Rich Swan and presents an honorary degree to Rev. Lawrence David Radice during the 10 a.m. May 5 spring commencement ceremony at the University’s North Denver (Lowell) campus.

More than 1,400 students will receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and the first doctor of pharmacy class will graduate when Regis University conducts three spring commencement ceremonies May 4-5.

Swan, a 1979 Regis University alumni and an Alumni Community Service Award winner, retired after 15 years as an attorney with Winzenberg, Leff, & Mitchell and is a sales manager for Sanborn Limited.  Radice, a 1973 alumni, has been a Maryknoll priest since 1985 and has been serving in southern China for the past 12 years teaching English and doing pastoral work.

Swan graduated from Regis College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, intent on becoming a lawyer. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver in 1984, two years into his 15-year career as a junior partner at Winzenberg, Leff & Mitchell. He credits Regis with giving him the tools and support to undergo a mid-life career change; he is now a sales manager at Sanborn, Ltd, doing what he loves and striving to serve others.

He served on the board of directors for the Regis University Alumni Association for 10 years and received the 2009 Alumni Community Service Award.  He has also been a very active member of the Risen Christ Parish since 1987 and he serves on the board of directors for the Center for Spirituality at Work. Globally, Swan and his wife sponsor five children through the Christian Foundation for Children & Aging. This organization gives families in developing countries the resources to educate their children, care for their elderly, and improve their livelihood. He travels annually to do mission work in the communities of the Guatemalan children that he sponsors.

Father Radice graduated from Regis University in 1973 and then joined the Peace Corps, serving in Malaysia until 1976.   In 1979, he joined the Maryknoll Priests and Brothers and was ordained in 1985.  After his ordination, he worked in East Africa for seven years, primarily in the rural parishes of Tanzania.  Due to the many environmental problems facing the people in that region, he quickly became involved in reforestation and soil conservation efforts and did his best to help the local population improve their agricultural processes. His work in Tanzania, Thailand and Myanmar demonstrated the importance of soil conservation, and he hopes to continue to promote this technique.

Father Radice holds a Master of Divinity from Maryknoll School of Theology and a Master of Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University. In November, 2012, he attended the 18th Conference on Climate Change in Qatar, his fourth time attending the conference. His passion for the issues surrounding climate change have led him to begin focusing on the adaptation technique for small farmers; this technique focuses on soil cultivation and preservation, which Larry believes is one of the simplest and most effective ways small-scale and subsistence farmers can lessen their environmental impact.

The three ceremonies -- where 1,409 graduating students will receive degrees -- are at 9 a.m. May 4 for undergraduate students in the University’s College for Professional Studies (CPS) and Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions (RHCHP), at 1 p.m. May 4 for graduate students in CPS, RHCHP and Regis College (the residential, liberal-arts college for traditional-aged students at Regis University) and RHCHP Doctor in Nursing Practice graduates, and at 10 a.m. May 5 for Regis College and RHCHP undergraduate students and RHCHP doctor of physical therapy and doctor of pharmacy students.

Regis University, with nearly 15,000 students, comprises Regis College, College for Professional Studies and Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions. The University is recognized by U. S. News & World Report as a Top School in the West and is one of 28 Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities throughout the United States.  Regis University is located at 3333 Regis Blvd. at 50th and Lowell Streets in north Denver. In addition to its North Denver Lowell campus, the University has campus locations in Colorado Springs, Interlocken at Broomfield, Denver Tech Center, Thornton (dual-language campus),  Loveland and Henderson, Nevada.  For more information about Regis University visit


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