The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown will serve as the principal speaker at The University’s 2018 undergraduate commencement ceremony in May.
Before his service as Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown began in 2007, Murry served as Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. Prior to that, he worked as a teacher and administrator in various Catholic education institutions for 20 years.
He also served on a number of boards at various universities and Catholic Relief Services.
Murry will also receive an honorary degree from The University at the ceremony. In a statement provided by Stan Zygmunt, Director of News and Media Relations, The Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., interim president of The University, said Murry’s Jesuit background and Church leadership make him an exemplar person for this honor.
“Bishop Murry’s leadership in the Church, his Jesuit roots, his experience in Jesuit higher education, and his important work in combating racism in our society, all combine, I believe, to make him a wonderful choice for this honor,” Keller said. “He is someone who has the ability to deliver a timely and important message for our students, their families and guests.”
The undergraduate commencement ceremony is set to take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre at noon on May 27.