Carlow University's Fall Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday, December 13, 2013. The Pittsburgh Promise's Saleem Ghubril will be the featured speaker.
For Immediate Release
Drew Wilson, Director, Media Relations
December 10, 2013
Carlow University Celebrates Fall Commencement on Friday, December 13
Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of The Pittsburgh Promise,
Will Be the Commencement Speaker
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Before anyone "dons their gay apparel" to
celebrate the holidays, the students and faculty at Carlow
University will don caps and gowns to celebrate Fall Commencement
on Friday, December 13, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Soldiers and Sailors
Memorial Hall in Oakland.
The commencement speaker will be Saleem Ghubril, executive director
of The Pittsburgh Promise. The Pittsburgh Promise is a
non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to
students from the Pittsburgh Public Schools in an effort to
transform the lives of children and vitalize the region.
Ghubril, an ordained Presbyterian minister, assumed the leadership
of The Pittsburgh Promise in 2008, after more than 20 years leading
The Pittsburgh Project, a community development organization on the
North Side of Pittsburgh. (See a more complete bio at the end
of the release.)
More than 150 graduates have elected to walk in the ceremony,
including two who are Pittsburgh Promise students. In total,
Carlow will be awarding more than 300 degrees, including 16
doctoral degrees - eight doctoral degrees in nursing practice (DNP)
and eight doctoral degrees in psychology and counseling (PsyD) -
and 194 master's degrees. Twenty-three of those receiving degrees
are residents of a state other than Pennsylvania, and two are from
outside the United States - specifically Canada and
In keeping with Carlow tradition, a Baccalaureate Mass will be
celebrated before the Commencement Ceremony at 4 p.m. in the St.
Agnes Center of Carlow University, located on Fifth Avenue between
the intersections of Craft Avenue and Robinson Street. The
Most Reverend David Zubik, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh,
will celebrate the Mass, and the Reverend Harry E. Nichols, MDiv.,
the Chaplain at Carlow University, and pastor of St. Patrick-St.
Stanislaus Kostka Parish in the Strip District, will be
Editor's Note: The news media is welcome to cover the
Commencement ceremony. Please contact Drew Wilson on his cell
phone (412-260-6807) to arrange convenient, free parking.
About Carlow University
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University was founded
by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929. Offering both undergraduate and
graduate programs, Carlow University is a comprehensive master's
institution dedicated to learner-centered education at the
collegiate levels and at the elementary school level in the Campus
School of Carlow University.
The Pittsburgh Promise
Saleem Ghubril is a committed and passionate advocate for children
and for the City of Pittsburgh. An ordained Presbyterian minister,
he has devoted his life to serving the people of his community
through outreach and education programs.
In 1985, Saleem founded The Pittsburgh Project, a community
development organization that annually provides free home
renovations to hundreds of vulnerable seniors, and mentors,
educates, and deploys thousands of volunteer youth in meaningful
community service initiatives. Saleem led The Pittsburgh Project
until 2008, when he assumed the leadership of The Pittsburgh
He is currently the volunteer Co-Pastor of Mosaic Community
Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. In addition, Saleem is a member
of the boards of The Buhl Foundation, Vibrant Pittsburgh, and The