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HAMBURG, N.Y. – Bishop Richard Malone will be the commencement speaker at Hilbert College’s 55th annual commencement ceremony planned for 1 p.m. on May 14 at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg at 4999 McKinley Parkway. Bishop Malone will also be recognized at Hilbert’s commencement with an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
Bishop Malone was born in Salem, Mass., on March 19, 1946 and was raised in Hamilton and Beverly, Mass. He graduated in 1964 from St. John’s Preparatory School, Danvers and began his seminary college years at Cardinal O’Connell Seminary in Jamaica Plain, M. He graduated from St. John Seminary, Boston with a B.A. in philosophy, a bachelor's degree in divinity and a master's degree in biblical studies. In 1981, Bishop Malone earned a doctorate in theology (Th.D.) from Boston University and a licentiate in sacred theology (S.T.L.) at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge in 1990.
Bishop Malone was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston on May 20, 1972, by then-Archbishop Humberto Medeiros and was assigned to St. Patrick Parish, Stoneham as associate pastor. On May 29, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Malone the 14th bishop of Buffalo. On August 10, 2012, he was installed as the 14th Bishop of Buffalo at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Hilbert President Cynthia Zane, Ed.D., will confer bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees, as well as associate in applied science and associate in arts degrees to Class of 2016. In addition, President Zane will confer master of science and master of public administration degrees to Hilbert’s fourth class of graduate students. Overall, more than 270 graduates will receive their degrees. Baccalaureate graduates will receive degrees in accounting, business management, computer security and information assurance, criminal justice, digital media and communication, English, forensic science/crime scene investigation, global business management, human services, liberal studies, paralegal studies, political science, psychology, rehabilitation services, small business management, and sports industry management.
Top student awards that will be presented at Hilbert’s 55th commencement will include the:
• Lambert and Margaret Graham Award for a full-time returning adult student who has earned the highest cumulative quality point average.
• Kimberly Bruch Raczkowski Memorial Alumni Association Award for a graduate who reflects the spirit of Hilbert and its mission, and possesses strong leadership skills and demonstrates loyalty and dedication to others.
• Sister Mary Edwina Bogel Award to an outstanding female graduate in recognition of her character, intellectual achievement and devoted service to fellow students and the college.
• John Kissel Man of the Year Award to an outstanding male student in recognition of his character, intellectual progress, organizational ability, and participation in activities and programs.
Christopher Holoman, Ph.D., Hilbert provost and vice president for academic affairs, will be the master of ceremonies.
A reception for graduates, guests, and others in attendance will be hosted by President Zane in the Wesleyan Church atrium immediately following the commencement program.
Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and evening degree programs geared to adult learners.
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