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Bellarmine to award 305 degrees at December commencement; Rabbi Rapport to speak

Dec 15, 2015

Preparations are nearly complete for Wednesday evening's commencement ceremony in Knights Hall.


Bellarmine will award 305 degrees during its December commencement ceremony in Knights Hall on Wednesday, December 16, at 6 p.m.

The university will confer 114 undergraduate and 191 graduate degrees.

The commencement speaker is Rabbi Joseph Rapport, who will also receive an honorary degree. Rapport is a senior rabbi at The Temple in Louisville, where has served the congregation since 1988. Additionally, he teaches courses on Jewish history at Bellarmine and is a member of the University Of Louisville’s Board Of Overseers. He also serves as chairman of the Advisory Board for the Rauch Planetarium. 

In the Jewish community, Rapport has served as a member of the executive committee of the Jewish Community Federation and president of the Kentucky Board of Rabbis and Cantors. In 2012 he created TorahTecha: iBook Prayerbook, an interactive Hebrew prayerbook for the Apple iPad.


Dr. Marian Swope will also receive an honorary degree during the ceremony. Swope oversees the Child and Adolescent Residency Program at the University Hospital’s Chandler Medical Center in Lexington. She is also an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Kentucky.

Swope graduated from Bellarmine in 1969, and was inducted to Bellarmine’s Gallery of Distinguished Graduates in 1994. She has also served as a member of the Bellarmine Board of trustees.

Bellarmine University's commencement will be livestreamed online.


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