2012 Honorary Degree

Zollman CommencementThis year Clarke presented an honorary degree to Commencement speaker Sister Mary Ann Zollmann, president of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In recognition of her exemplary dedication to advocating for women in the Catholic church and raising awareness of peace and justice issues throughout the world, Mary Ann received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

A lover of all people and proponent of peace for all, Mary Ann has worked internationally to raise awareness of peace and justice issues in El Salvador, Ecuador, Israel and Palestine, Swaziland and Ghana.

These values carried over into Mary Ann’s dedication to students. A long-time Clarke religious studies faculty member, many Clarke alumni will tell you of the difference Mary Ann made in their faith formation when they took her classes. In fact, after taking one class with Mary Ann, students were very likely to sign up for another – even without it being required.

Mary Ann is currently on Board of Trustees at both Clarke University and Loyola University. She has also been coordinator of initial members for the BVM Congregation, a campus minister, and teacher. She holds a Ph.D. in spirituality from Duquesne University, master’s degrees in French, religious studies and spirituality, and a bachelor’s degree from Mundelein College.

She is a remarkable example of a woman who brings to life the very values and purpose that define a Clarke education.
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