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Aquinas College Announces 2013 Commencement Speaker

April 17, 2013 - Aquinas College is pleased to announce that over 445 students will be graduating on May 4, 2013. The graduates and their families will attend a baccalaureate Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew at 10 am with Bishop Walter A. Hurley presiding. Graduation ceremonies will begin at 2 pm in the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center located on the Aquinas College campus.

The Aquinas College 2013 commencement speaker is Mr. Peter M. Perez, president of Carter Products Company, which is widely known as a leading producer of accessory equipment for the industrial woodworking machinery industry. Perez has directed the family-owned company towards innovation and growth, while simultaneously taking leadership roles in organizations within the Grand Rapids community. His distinguished career, including a presidential appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing in the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, from 2010 - 2012, can serve as a model and inspiration to our graduates as they proceed to the next phase of their lives.

Aquinas will award honorary doctorates this year to Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley who will receive a Doctor of Theology, Honoris Causa and Ellen M. Satterlee will be the recipient of a Doctor of Public Service, Honoris Causa.

Bishop Hurley was installed bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids in 2005. Bishop’s commitment to evangelization and his visionary innovations are evident in the development of Cathedral Square and the initiation of the diocesan-wide future planning process, “Our Faith, Our Future”.

Ellen Satterlee is the chief executive officer of The Wege Foundation, and has been a loyal friend of Aquinas College throughout the years. She is steadfast in the pursuit of conscientious environmental sustainability, a passion shared by Peter M. Wege, and a major initiative in the College’s curriculum and an integral part of campus life.