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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. 

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

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

2008

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

2007

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

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

2006

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

2005

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

2004

The Honorable Thomas M. McMahon
Mayor, City of Reading

Paul R. Roedel
Retired Chairman and CEO, Carpenter Technology

2003

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

2002

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

2001

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

2000

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

1999

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

1998

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

1997

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.

1995

Mary Lou Quinlan
President, NW Ayer, Inc.

1994

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

1993

Fred D. Hafer
President, Met Ed

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

1992

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

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

1991

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

1986

Howard J. Fetterhoff
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

1985

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

1984

Mary Pendleton