Clarke President to Give College's Commencement Address

posted on April 27, 2006


In her final Commencement as Clarke College president, Catherine Dunn, BVM, Ph.D. will address the graduates at the College’s 163rd Commencement on Saturday, May 13, at 3 p.m. in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center on the Clarke campus.

In her 22nd year as president of Clarke College, Dunn has been the driving force behind the tremendous growth in campus facilities, curriculum and enrollment at Clarke. She became Clarke’s 14th president on January 27, 1984, just 111 days before the disastrous fire of May 17, 1984, which destroyed one-third of the historic buildings on campus. Since that time, she has overseen the rebuilding of the College and the subsequent growth and expansion of enrollment, programs and facilities. Dunn has been a continued advocate not only for Clarke, but for the City of Dubuque and the State of Iowa.

Dunn came to Clarke in 1973 as a member of the education department faculty after receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State College. In 1979, she moved to administration as vice president of institutional advancement.

At this year’s Commencement, degrees will be conferred upon approximately 245 undergraduate and graduate students. To accommodate additional guests, the ceremony will be simulcast on televisions in Clarke’s Student Activity Center, which is connected to the Kehl Center. The Commencement Ceremony will be preceded by a baccalaureate liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Cathedral in Dubuque, where graduates will receive their academic hoods.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.


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