On Saturday, December 12 at 9:30am, Lourdes University President Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek will confer associate, bachelor and graduate degrees outside of the Franciscan Center, 6737 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Retired Vice President of Mission and Ministry Sister Ann Carmen Barone, OSF, will receive an honorary doctoral degree.
This year’s Commencement celebration will take place drive-thru style. Each graduate will come to commencement at an appointed time, collect their diploma from President Mary Ann Gawelek, and have their photo taken before the next graduate is able to drive up. 122 graduates will receive their degrees including husband and wife Matthew and Doreen Onyekelu. Doreen and Matthew will graduate from the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. More than half plan to drive-thru and receive their diploma.
Name of Honorary Doctoral Degree
Honorary Degree Recipient: Sister Ann Carmen Barone, OSF
Retired Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Lourdes University
Doctor of Humane Letters
Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.