Bellarmine University will hold the largest commencement exercises in its history May 14 when it confers 607 graduate and undergraduate degrees.
The 63rd annual spring commencement will be held at 9 a.m. in the Owsley B. Frazier Stadium on Bellarmine’s campus at 2001 Newburg Road.
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz will be the commencement speaker and Bellarmine will award him an honorary doctorate. The archbishop serves as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and has led the Archdiocese of Louisville since 2007. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in divinity and a master’s degree in social work.
An honorary doctoral degree also will be awarded to Bellarmine trustee Joseph P. Clayton, a 1971 alumnus and retired CEO of Dish Network. Clayton, a native of Bardstown, Ky., is “a national leader in the fields of consumer electronics, telecommunications and satellite communications,” a press release from Bellarmine said. The university also has named two areas of the campus for Clayton — the School of Communication’s Joseph P. Clayton Hall and the stadium’s Joseph P. and Janey A. Clayton Field.
Tickets to the commencement are not required and seating will be on a first-come basis. If there is severe weather, the ceremony will move indoors to the university’s Knight’s Hall, where tickets that have been issued to graduates will be required.