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1,248 Undergraduates Become Alumni at Seton Hall University's 157th Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony
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Mary Tedeschi Eberstadt, American author and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C., will address 1,248 undergraduates, who will become alumni of one of the nation's leading Catholic universities, at Seton Hall University's 157 Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony held today at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Commencement program begins at 11 a.m., with the procession starting at 10:30 a.m.

Mrs. Eberstadt's work focuses on issues in American society, culture, and philosophy. She was a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution from 2002 to 2013. Between 1990 and 1998, she was executive editor of the National Interest magazine. From 1985 to 1987, she was a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department, a speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and a special assistant to Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She was also managing editor at the Public Interest. She will be the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Seton Hall University for writing about America's most pressing cultural issues with profound insight, faith and wisdom.

His Eminence Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his monumental contribution to the study of the intersection of Catholic thought and English literature. He served as personal secretary to then Archbishop Karol Wojtyła of Kraków, beginning in October 1966. In October 1978, when Karol Wojtyła was elected Pope, Father Dziwisz was appointed as the new Pope’s principal private secretary and served in this capacity throughout the entirety of Saint John Paul II’s twenty-seven year pontificate.

Cardinal Dzwisz authored an intimate portrait of John Paul II, A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Kraków in August 2005 and made him a cardinal in March 2006. He participated in the conclave of March 2013, which elected Pope Francis.

Joseph M. Donato, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Magna Cum Laude, will deliver the Salutatory Address. Brother Leonard Joseph Carlino Jr., S.B.D., has the distinction of being the first graduate from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology to be chosen to give the valedictory address. He will graduate with his Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Theology, Magna Cum Laude

The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, University President A. Gabriel Esteban, and William M. Staats, member of the Board of Regents and president of the Alumni Board of Directors, will also address the 1,248 graduates. Seton Hall will graduate approximately 2,411 undergraduate and graduate students this Commencement Season. Separate ceremonies will be held for Seton Hall University’s 1,163 graduate students, who will become 2014 graduates. To view the list of commencement activities and select photographs, visit:

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