Bellarmine, St. Catharine hold commencement exercises

Dr. Gregory Hillis, associate professor of theology at Bellarmine, assisted Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz with his academic garb. Archbishop Kurtz received an honorary doctoral degree at the ceremony. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Dr. Gregory Hillis, associate professor of theology at Bellarmine, assisted Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz with his academic garb. Archbishop Kurtz received an honorary doctoral degree at the ceremony. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz delivered the commencement address at Bellarmine University’s graduation May 14 at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. Archbishop Kurtz and Joseph P. Clayton, retired CEO of Dish Network, who graduated from Bellarmine in 1971, received honorary doctoral degrees at the ceremony.

In his commencement address, the archbishop urged the graduates to “discover how to serve others and concentrate on what is truly lasting.” The university awarded 603 degrees — 464 undergraduate and 139 graduate degrees — during the largest commencement ceremony in the school’s history.

Graduates of Bellarmine University said the Pledge of Allegiance at the school’s graduation May 14 at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Graduates of Bellarmine University said the Pledge of Allegiance at the school’s graduation May 14 at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

St. Catharine College in Springfield, Ky., also held commencement exercises May 14. The school awarded 140 degrees at the ceremony, including 41 associate degrees, 93 bachelor’s degrees and six master’s degrees.

The commencement speaker was Bill Lamb, president and general manager of Independence Television Co., Inc., who can be seen on WDRB News, offering his “Point of View.”

Christian Johnson hugged professor Peggy Tillman after St. Catharine College's graduation ceremony May 14. (Photo Special to The Record)

Christian Johnson hugged professor Peggy Tillman after St. Catharine College’s graduation ceremony May 14. (Photo Special to The Record)

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