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Guest Speaker, 2015 Graduate Commencement May 20

BGen-StephensonFather Alphonse Stephenson is the conductor of the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea and a recently retired chaplain, brigadier general, and director of the Joint Chaplaincy Staff at the National Guard Bureau. He is well known at GCU for his performances at Annual Christmas at The Court concerts and is known nationally as a highly acclaimed guest conductor. Father Alphonse founded the Cecilia Foundation to share his love of music with Catholic schoolchildren by funding Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea performances at Catholic schools. The foundation also donates professional-quality instruments for deserving students.

Honorary Degree Recipient, 2015 Graduate Commencement May 20

SisterMaryLouMary Louise Miller, RSM, J.D., is the principal of the Sisters Academy of New Jersey in Asbury Park. She received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and was in private practice for almost 10 years. Sister Mary Louise has served as consultant to many religious communities and has spoken at various national conferences. She was a founding member of the Institute of Law and Religious Life at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, and has taught in that program for a number of years. She served on the GCU Board of Trustees for 12 years and was a member of the GCU Presidential Search Committee.

Guest Speaker, 2015 Undergraduate Commencement May 21

Robert-WicksRobert J. Wicks, Psy.D., noted author and presenter, combines his 30 years of expertise in psychology and spirituality to help caregivers deal with the stress resulting from their work in reaching out to others. He is on the faculty at Loyola University Maryland and is a frequent speaker at universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, and social work. In September 2014, he visited the GCU campus to deliver a lecture related to his recently published book, Perspective: The Calm in the Storm. Dr. Wicks also joined President Rosemary E. Jeffries and the university's Year of Hope committee in 2013 to honor residents and organizations that demonstrated exceptional service following Superstorm Sandy.

Honorary Degree Recipient, 2015 Undergraduate Commencement May 21

Sister KarenKaren Schneider, RSM, M.D., is a pediatrician and medical professor who teaches and practices pediatric emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She focuses her practice on pediatric medicine in third-world countries. She created an elective for her pediatric residents in pediatric tropical medicine that takes her and her students to South American and African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria, Guyana, and Haiti.

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