More than 1,400 to receive degrees at Regis University spring commencement ceremonies May 4-5

Donnie VeaseyMay 01, 2013

(DENVER) – 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 at the University’s North Denver (Lowell) campus.  

The University also will honor two individuals for their significant contributions – Rich Swan will receive the Civis Princeps (First Citizen) Award and Rev. Lawrence David Radice will receive an honorary degree.  The Civis Princeps is the highest honor the University bestows.

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.

The School of Pharmacy in RHCHP will graduate its first doctor of pharmacy class when 50 students receive doctor of pharmacy degrees during the 10 a.m., May 5 ceremony.  The pharmacy program, which began in 2009, offers an entry-level doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree which educates students to become practicing pharmacists. 

Both Swan and Radice will receive their awards during the 10 a.m., May 5 ceremony.  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.

Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., president of Regis University, will give his charge to the graduating class as well as confer the degrees. 

Student speakers will also give the invocation, benediction and perspectives at each of the three commencement ceremonies. The 9 a.m. May 4 student speakers are: Debbie Paino, invocation; Daniel Limache, perspective; and Dina Heese, benediction.  The 1 p.m. May 4 student speakers are: Kara Kohn, invocation; Joseph Haggerty, perspective; and Armando Reyes, benediction.  The 10 a.m. May 5 student speakers are: Morgan Nitta, invocation; Bryan Do and Tidenek Haile-Selassie, perspective; and Anna Friedman, benediction.

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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