Commencement May 9 on Adrian Campus

Ceremonies Begin at 2 p.m.; Father Peter Dougherty to Receive Siena Medal

Commencement ceremonies at Siena Heights University will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in the SHU Fieldhouse on the main campus.


This is the official celebration for students on the Adrian campus and for students in Siena’s Southfield, Monroe, Port Huron, Battle Creek, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Lansing and Distance Learning programs. Tickets are required to attend.peter-dougherty.jpg


Receiving the university’s highest award, the Siena Medal, will be Father Peter Dougherty, winner of the 2009 Jamnalal Bajaj Award in India for promoting the peacemaking values of Gandhi in the world. He also is the founder of the Michigan Peace Team, which provides training in active non-violence so that participants can de-escalate potentially violent interchanges. The Lansing-based organization deploys peace teams into places of conflict, both domestic and international, prepared to interject a nonviolent presence.


A separate commencement ceremony will be also conducted in Benton Harbor. The schedule is as follows:

  • Commencement in Benton Harbor is at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the Mendel Center on the campus of Lake Michigan College. This is the official celebration for students in Siena’s SHU@Lake Michigan College and SHU@Kellogg Community College programs. A Kente ceremony will be at noon.
For more information on commencement, please call 1-800-521-0009 or 517-264-7180. Or click here.

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Lucia Alfaro

Chemistry major, track and cross country, Adrian Campus

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Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


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Denise Washington

Bachelor & Master's degree graduate); adjunct instructor; Community Development Specialist, City of Battle Creek