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Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Announces Commencement Speakers

Sacred Heart University will celebrate its graduation commencement exercises May 14-15.
Sacred Heart University will celebrate its graduation commencement exercises May 14-15. Photo Credit: Tracy Deer-Mirek

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Victoria Sweet, former award-winning historian and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 50th Undergraduate Commencement exercises Sunday, May 15.

Sweet also will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. At the same ceremony, Brad Evans, senior adviser at Morgan Stanley, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The event begins at 10 a.m.

Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will address those gathered for the university’s Graduate Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Theology degree.

An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be bestowed on Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group.

The Sacred Heart University class of 2016 includes 890 undergraduates who will have earned associate and bachelor’s degrees and 1,026 graduate students who will have earned master’s degrees, professional certificates and doctorates.

The ceremonies for both graduate and undergraduate students will take place at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

Sweet practiced medicine for 20 years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco and is a Guggenheim Fellow and is also part of a working group for an Institute for Slow Medicine at UCSF.

Maradiaga is one of the most prominent Catholic Church leaders in Latin America. He has much experience as an educator, with degrees in philosophy, theology and clinical psychology and psychotherapy, and is an accomplished musician. He participated in the papal conclave of April 2005 that elected Pope Benedict XVI. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop in 1978 and received his episcopal ordination before his 36th birthday. He became the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa in 1993 and received the cardinal’s red hat from the late Pope John Paul II on Jan. 21, 2001. He also has honorary degrees from Don Bosco University in San Salvador and the Catholic University of Taiwan in Kaohsiung.

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