Manhattan College will award more than 700 degrees in some 40 major fields of study from its five schools in arts, business, education, engineering and science at its 168th Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 23. Students who completed their studies in September 2009, February 2010 and May 2010 will participate in the ceremony in the College’s Draddy Gymnasium.
This is the first Commencement Ceremony at the College for the newly installed President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D.
Brother Louis DeThomasis, F.S.C., will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and deliver the keynote address. He is the president of Christian Brothers Investment Services-European Union (CBIS-EU). He also serves as chancellor of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and senior fellow of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership.
Br. Louis was founder and served as chairman of the corporation of Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc., an investment advisory firm registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. He also was a director of the Galaxy Funds, Boston, which managed mutual funds with collective assets of c.20 billion dollars.
He continues to speak and write about the power of an ethical financial world as a dynamic tool for creating a better future for humanity. Br. Louis has written extensively and co-authored the book Paradigms and Parables — The TenCommandments for Ethics in Business, which frames the current issues in business ethics through the creative use of engaging, modern-day parables to achieve transformations in the thoughts and actions of today’s leaders. His latest book, which he co-authored, Doing Right in a Shrinking World, explains how corporate America can balance ethics with profits for the benefit of all.
A recipient of several honorary doctorates, including a Doctor of Laws from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota in 2008 and Doctor of Pedagogy from St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York in 2004, Br. Louis has received many awards and honors throughout his career. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1963 and his Ph.D., specializing in financial management, from the Union Institute and University in Ohio in 1982.
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