President Mary McAleese, that “ever popular Irish lady,” kicked off her week-long West Coast tour by entertaining a huge crowd gathered at the University of San Francisco this morning. (Which is great ’cause if there’s one thing this city needs more of, it’s Irish attorneys!)
All kidding aside, President McAleese was warmly received by the audience at cozy U.S.F.
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“Mary McAleese to receive honorary degree for tireless efforts to unify her country and promote peace
Mary McAleese, president of Ireland, will give a major public address, Ireland: Challenges and opportunities in a global community, during a special ceremony at the University of San Francisco (USF) on Thursday, Dec. 11. USF will honor President McAleese for her leadership and dedication to justice, equality, and social inclusion by awarding her an honorary doctorate degree during the ceremony.
“In honoring President McAleese for her steadfast commitment to the promotion of peace and unity in her homeland of Ireland and around the world, USF underscores its mission to fashion a more humane and just world,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “She is a leader who exemplifies a dedication to reasoned discourse and working for the common good–two skills we strive to instill in our students. Additionally, the university is proud of its Irish heritage, and we’re delighted to welcome President McAleese to our campus.”
In 2004, McAleese was re-elected to a second, seven-year term as president of Ireland. The theme of her presidency is “Building Bridges.” In her 1997 inaugural address, she declared: “We know our duty is to spread the benefits of our prosperity to those whose lives are still mired in poverty, unemployment, worry, and despair. There can be no rest until the harsh gap between the comfortable and the struggling has been bridged.” Her presidency has been noted for its concern and advocacy for reconciliation, justice, anti-sectarianism, equality, and social inclusion.
Irish roots are deeply embedded in the history of USF. Since the school’s founding in 1855, Irish immigrants and their descendants have served as Jesuit priests, trustees, faculty, and staff. Among USF graduates of Irish heritage, the university counts three California Supreme Court justices, a lieutenant governor, a U.S. senator and thousands of leaders in the legal, business, political, educational, religious, philanthropic and professional communities of the city, state, and nation.
The special ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the McLaren Conference Center on the USF campus, located on Golden Gate Avenue between Masonic Street and Parker Avenue in San Francisco. This event is free and the public is invited to attend (reservations encouraged). A light, coffee reception will follow President McAleese’s speech and the bestowing of her honorary degree. Please reserve your seat by calling USF’s McCarthy Center at 415.422.4260. Members of the media, please contact Anne-Marie Devine at email@example.com to reserve a press pass for the event.
Established in 1855, USF is the city’s oldest university and is consistently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the country. The University of San Francisco is committed to being a premier Jesuit Catholic, urban university with a global perspective that educates leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. With nearly 8,500 enrolled, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others.”
SOURCE University of San Francisco