Honorary Degree Recipients

Alvernia University bestows honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees to distinguished and deserving individuals during graduation ceremonies. Below is a list of awardees, sorted by the year each degree was given. 


Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan
Surgeon General of the Navy
Chief, Navy Bureau of Medicine & Surgery


Samuel A. McCullough
Chairman, President & CEO of Griffin Holdings Group, LLC

Beverly Malone, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
CEO, National League for Nursing


The Most Reverend John O. Barres, D.D., S.T.D., J.C.L.
Fourth Bishop of Allentown

D. Michael Baxter, M.D.
Chair, Department of Family and Medicine at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center

Father William Hultberg, O.S.F.S.
Director of Clinial Pastoral Services, Caron Treatment Centers


Marie A. Dennis
Director, Maryknoll Catholic Missioners' Office for Global Concerns
President, Pax Cristi International


Sister M. Jacinta Respondowska, OSF
Bernardine Franciscan Sister

Theodore E. Long, Ph.D.
President, Elizabethtown College

Rev. George A. Aschenbrenner, S.J.
Rector, Jesuit Community at the University of Scranton

Estelle B. Richman
Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development


Sister M. Pacelli Staskiel, OSF
Bernardine Franciscan Sister
Dean Emerita, Professor Emerita

Richard Ekman, Ph.D.
President, Council of Independent Colleges


Rev. Msgr. James A. Treston

Rolf D. Schmidt

Karen A. Rightmire
United Way

The Most Rev. Edward P. Cullen, D.D.
Third Bishop of Allentown


George G. Hoodak
Principal, Lauer's Park Elementary School

Rev. J.A. Panuska, S.J.
President Emeritus, University of Scranton


Dr. Marylouise Fennel, RSM
Partner, Gallagher Fennell Higher Education Services
Senior Counsel, Council of Independent Colleges and Universities


John Logue, Ph.D.
Professor, Kent State University
Director, Ohio Employee Ownership Council

Sister Madonna Marie Harvath, OSF, M.A.
General Minister, Bernardine Franciscan Sisters


The Honorable Thomas M. McMahon
Mayor, City of Reading

Paul R. Roedel
Retired Chairman and CEO, Carpenter Technology


Michael Downey, Ph.D.
Professor, St. John's Seminary
Cardinal's Theologian for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Thomas M. Golden, Esq.
Senior Partner, Golden Masano Bradley
Counsel, Alvernia University

Rev. J.A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM, Conv., Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Theology, St. Louis University


The Most Rev. Francis B. Schulte, D.D.
Retired Archbishop of New Orleans

Geneva Bolton Johnson
Executive Director, Women's Leadership Institute at Mount Mary College

Gust Zogas, Ed.D.
Retired President of Reading Area Community College


John W. Templeton, Jr., M.D.
President, John Templeton Foundation


Carolyn R. Holleran
Former Chair of the Board, Alvernia University

Sister Mary Margaret Jackson, OSF
Former General Minister, Bernardine Franciscan Sisters

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ
Author, Dead Man Walking


The Honorable D. Michael Fisher
Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


The Most Rev. Thomas J. Welsh, D.D., J.C.D.
Retired Bishop of Allentown


Thomas J. Usher, Ph.D.
Chairman, Board of Directors, CEO of USX Corporation

Antonia Coello Novello, M.D., M.P.H.
Office of the Special Representative
UNICEF for Health and Nutrition
National Institutes of Health

Thomas S. Monaghan
President and Chair of the Board, Domino's Pizza, Inc.


Mary Lou Quinlan
President, NW Ayer, Inc.


Maureen H. McCullough
Special Asst. to the Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Fred D. Hafer
President, Met Ed

Ernest L. Boyer, Ph.D.
President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching


E. Jerome Kern
Retired Director, Bureau of Academic Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Thomas P. Melady
Executive Director, Catholic Network of Volunteer Services


Francis J. Michelini, Ph.D.
President, Commission for Independent Colleges and Universities


Howard J. Fetterhoff
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference


Charles A. Carabello, M.D.
Chief of Pediatrics, Community General Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital
President and Chief of Staff, St. Joseph Hospital


Mary Pendleton


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