Bellarmine University will award approximately 134 master’s and 268 bachelor's degrees during its 49th annual commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11th. Ceremonies will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Knights Hall with former Congressman Lee Hamilton delivering the commencement address. In addition to the conferral of the traditional degrees, honorary doctorates will be awarded to Hamilton and Morton Boyd.
Hamilton, who spent 34 years as a U.S. Congressman form Indiana, currently serves as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Located in Washington D.C., the center provides a forum for scholars, policymakers and business leaders to discuss public policy issues and their effect on our world in a comprehensive and non-partisan manner. During his tenure in Congress, Hamilton was influential in the area of foreign affairs, serving on the Committee on Foreign Affairs his entire time in Congress. He chaired the committee during the 103rd Congress. In addition to foreign affairs, Hamilton led in the area of economic policy, serving as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. Hamilton’s Indiana constituents also remember him for helping improve education, job training, and infrastructure programs in his home state. For his outstanding service, he has earned many awards at home and abroad including recognition from the French Legion of Honor and the Republic of Germany.
Boyd is best known in the Louisville area as a banker, but has served many civic organizations as well, including two terms on the Bellarmine University Board of Trustees. A native of Louisville, Boyd’s career in banking began when he joined the former First National Bank of Louisville in 1959 as a management trainee. He was elected president in 1987, and became chief executive officer of First Kentucky National Corporation and executive vice president of National City Corporation in July 1988, following the merger of the two corporations. In 1989, he became chairman of all banking activity in Kentucky and southern Indiana for National City Corporation, serving until his retirement in July 1996.
Other highlights of the commencement exercises will be awarding the Archbishop's Medal of Scholastic Excellence to Allyson Daugherty and announcing the winners of the Wilson W. Wyatt Fellowships and the In Veritatis Amore award. The Archbishop's Medal is awarded to the graduate having the highest cumulative grade point average; the Wyatt Fellowship is presented to a student who has accomplished a high academic standing, is an outstanding student leader, and has completed a competitive interview and nomination process; and the In Veritatis Amore award is given to the best all around male and female.