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CBU Commencement Celebrates Class of 2015

MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) will celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2015 with its official Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. at Signaigo Field on the CBU campus. The ceremony will be presided over by Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., President of CBU; John Mitchell Graves, Chair of the CBU Board of Trustees; and Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, Director of the Christian Brothers Community.

CBU will confer 228 Bachelor degrees at the ceremony from the Rose Deal School of Arts, the School of Business, the School of Engineering, the School of Sciences, the College of Adult Professional Studies, and Interdisciplinary Programs. The University will also grant 160 Master degrees in Education, Teaching, Educational Leadership, Accountancy, Business Administration, Engineering Management, and Physician Assistant Studies.

Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, will be the special guest of the ceremony, receiving an Honorary Doctor of Humanties. Schieler was born in Philadelphia and joined the Christian Brothers in 1979. In his first year as a Brother, he served as a teacher in the U.S. and then spent 13 years as missionary in the Philippines. He studied Modern European History and has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. From 1991 to 1998, he was Auxiliary Visitor of the District of Baltimore, and then served as Director of Education for former USA-Toronto Region from 1998 to 2001. Later, he was Visitor of his district from 2001 to 2007. During the seven years previous to being elected Superior General in 2014, he was a General Councillor for the new Lasallian Region of RELAN (USA and Canada) residing in Washington, DC.

Others being recognized and honored at Commencement will include This year’s Golden Jubilarians (members of the Class of 1965), Professors Emeriti, Faculty Chairs of Excellence, and the CBU Lasallian Fellows.

Prior to Commencement, the CBU Baccalaureate Service will be held on Friday, May 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central Avenue. This year's service will be a formal Catholic Mass with Monsignor Valentine Handwerker, Rector of the Cathedral, serving as celebrant. Brother Robert Schieler will deliver the homily. A reception for graduates and their families will follow the Mass in the Cathedral’s Marian Hall.

In the event of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will take place at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (70 N. Bellevue Blvd.).

For more information on CBU’s Commencement Week activities, visit or contact the Office of Student Life at (901) 321-3531.

Posted by Cory Dugan at 9:00 AM