Commencement Spring 2014

The Most Rev. Eugene Gerber, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Wichita, reads the citation announcing the awarding of a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa to Kathy and Patrick O’Shaughnessy.

Ceremony features honorary degree, Ablah Awards

The 2014 Spring Commencement on May 10 drew a full-capacity crowd to Central Community Church in Wichita.


Francisco “Pancho” Fields and Alaina Garrett prepare to receive the Ablah Awards from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Austin, PH.D., as Newman President Noreen Carrocci, Ph.D. looks on.

In addition to presenting graduating students with their degrees, Newman officials bestowed a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa degree on Kathy and Patrick O’Shaughnessy. The O’Shaughnessys were honored for the Newman Core Value of Catholic Identity for their devotion to their faith and commitment to the Church, Catholic education and the Newman community.

Commencement also featured the awarding of the 2014 Harvey J. Ablah Award to Francisco “Pancho” Fields of Newton, Kan., and the Leona J. Ablah Award to Alaina Garrett of Wichita. The awards are presented each year to a graduating male and a graduating female student who exemplify the spirit of Newman University.

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