Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., will confer its first master’s degrees and will host Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., of the Sisters of Life as its commencement speaker for all graduating students, according to the College’s website.
In addition, Bishop David Choby of Nashville will celebrate the College's Baccalaureate Mass. The College reports:
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning will be conferred on Aquinas’ first students to receive graduate degrees. This is truly an historic day in the history of this growing college. The School of Nursing and the School of Education began offering graduate studies in 2012. The School of Education offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning, a Master of Arts in Teaching (K–6), and a Master of Arts in Teaching (7–12). The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) in Nursing Education and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education. In Aquinas’ new Strategic Plan for growth, “Vision 2020: Truth and Charity,” several new graduate and graduate degree programs are being planned.
The selection of the commencement speaker underscores Aquinas College’s commitment to the Catholic understanding of human dignity and the Dominican charism of preaching and teaching. After a heartrending visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp, Cardinal John J. O’Connor wrote an entry in his newspaper column entitled “Help Wanted: Sisters of Life.” Mother Agnes Mary was among the first women who responded to this call. Founded in 1991, the Sisters of Life are a contemplative and apostolic community whose primary work is prayer on behalf of vulnerable human life. Their apostolic works include a “Holy Respite” where pregnant guests are welcomed to live in the spiritual environment of a religious house and a phone mission to women whose pregnancy creates a crisis. Mother Agnes Mary received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served on the faculties of the College of William and Mary and Columbia University before helping to found the Sisters of Life. She has been involved in higher education as a professor, psychologist, program coordinator, and program director. Her life and her love are dedicated to the order she helped found and leads as Mother General.
Aquinas College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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