Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



From the

Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Gonzaga University sets new record in 2006 for degrees bestowed

the Inland Register

(From the May 18, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

For the fourth consecutive year, Gonzaga University graduated its largest class ever, formally conferring a total of 1,655 degrees during the university’s 119th commencement exercises May 13-14.

This year’s total represents 50 more degrees than the previous record total of 1,605 degrees, conferred in May 2005.

This year’s commencement includes an estimated 951 bachelor, 496 master, 17 doctoral and 191 juris doctor degrees to be conferred.

By comparison, in May 2005, Gonzaga conferred 993 bachelor, 395 master, 17 doctoral and 200 juris doctor degrees.

The ROTC commissioning was held Friday, May 12 in Cataldo Hall. A reception followed immediately.

Commencement for the School of Law began with an ademic procession on Saturday, May 13 in the McCarthey Athletic Center on the Gonzaga campus.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst. Fairhurst, a 1984 Gonzaga School of Law alumna, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Gonzaga.

Former Gonzaga Trustee and Regent William Burch, now Trustee Emeritus, also was honored with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Burch, a 1951 GU Law School alumnus, supported both the financial and physical growth of Gonzaga.

Premier Seattle-area trial attorney Paul Luvera, a 1959 alumnus of the GU Law School and University benefactor, received Gonzaga’s Law Medal, awarded to those individuals who have provided exemplary service to the law. A social followed the ceremony.

The graduate commencement began with an academic procession at 4:45 p.m., Saturday, May 13, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Keynote speaker was William Tobin, longtime editor of the Anchorage Times. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Gonzaga.

Holy Names Sister Paula Mary Turnbull, a well-known Pacific Northwest sculptor who lives in Spokane, also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

The undergraduate commencement began with an academic procession Sunday, May 14, Mother’s Day, in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

The keynote speaker was Jesuit Father Pat Twohy, superior of the Rocky Mountain Mission, who has served the Catholic Church and the people of Northwest tribal communities. Father Twohy also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Kay Barbieri, a longtime supporter of Gonzaga University, the arts, health care and Catholic education in Spokane, was honored with the DeSmet Medal, Gonzaga’s highest honor.

Seattle’s Archbishop Alex J. Brunett received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Ed and Lynn Hogan, longtime Gonzaga Regents, now Regents Emereti, and generous Gonzaga donors, each received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Also receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree was Dave Sabey, former Gonzaga Regent and Trustee. Sabey, who served two terms as chair of the Gonzaga Board of Trustees, is now a Trustee Emeritus.

The baccalaureate Masses were celebrated as follows:

• School of Law, 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, in St. Aloysius Church.
• Bishop Skylstad presided at the Graduate/Undergraduate Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 13, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Jesuit Fathers Robert J. Spitzer and Rick Ganz concelebrated. Father Spitzer is president of GU; Father Ganz, Director of University Ministry. Deacon John Byrne, a retired GU physics professor, assisted.


Inland Register archives

Home | Bishop | Communications | Parishes | Catholic Charities


© The Catholic Diocese of Spokane. All Rights Reserved

WEB CONTACT