Saint Martin’s to confer honorary degree on
Rev. Stephen C. Rowan, Ph.D.
Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 9 in Marcus Pavilion
April 22, 2009
Lacey, Washington—Rev. Stephen C. Rowan, Ph.D., dean
of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Portland, will
be the commencement speaker at Saint Martin’s University on Saturday,
May 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion. Fr. Rowan will
also receive an honorary degree in humane letters from the University.
“We are extremely pleased to confer this well
deserved honor on Fr. Rowan and to have him as our commencement
speaker,” said Roy F. Heynderickx Ph.D., the president of Saint
Martin’s. “Fr. Rowan has had a strong influence on Catholic education in
Washington and Oregon as a professor, administrator and fund raiser.”
“In addition to his work in education, Fr. Rowan has
greatly influenced the entire Church in Western Washington through his
service as Vicar General and Vicar for Education,” added Heynderickx.
Fr. Rowan has been a professor of English and dean
at Seattle University and interim president at Carroll College in
Montana. Under the direction and leadership of Alexander Brunett,
archbishop of Seattle, Fr. Rowan established the Fulcrum Foundation as a
funding source for the K-12 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. The
Foundation has raised over $43 million in endowment and operating
support for the schools.
For a period of time, Fr. Rowan also served as the
director of continuing formation for clergy and was the principal
architect of the formation program for permanent deacons.
“Saint Martin’s graduates and their families will
benefit from Fr. Rowan’s knowledge, experience and wisdom,” commented
Fr. Rowan received his bachelor’s degree from
Fairfield University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from The
University of British Columbia. He also holds an S.T.B. degree from
Saint Mary’s Seminary and University and was ordained a priest in 1970.
Saint Martin’s will confer 352 bachelor’s degrees
and 90 master’s degrees at its May 9th ceremony.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 student from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension
campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base,
Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Stephen C. McGlone
Vice president for institutional advancement
Saint Martin’s University