May 2015 Commencement Speaker Announced


Kate Wolford, president of The McKnight Foundation, will earn an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters before offering remarks to the Alvernia University Class of 2015 at Commencement, May 16, 2 p.m., to be held at Santander Arena.

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grant-making, collaboration, and strategic policy reform in the areas of art, education, environment, communities, agricultural research and neuroscience research.

Kate Wolford became president of The McKnight Foundation in Dec. 2006.

Under Wolford’s leadership, The McKnight Foundation has used data, trends and patterns to build its mission and goals, and to strategize new ways to optimize the foundation’s impact in the community.

Wolford earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Gettysburg College, a Master of Arts in public policy from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Arts from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

In addition to her work with The McKnight Foundation, Wolford serves on the board of directors of Greater MSP, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and Living Cities.

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