Carlow University Celebrates Fall Commencement on Friday, December 13

Carlow University's Fall Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday, December 13, 2013. The Pittsburgh Promise's Saleem Ghubril will be the featured speaker.

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Drew Wilson, Director, Media Relations December 10, 2013
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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 Australia.

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 concelebrant.


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.     


Speaker's Biography

Saleem Ghubril
Executive Director
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 Promise.

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 Pittsburgh Project.

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