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Sister Peg to Address Undergraduates at LMU’s Commencement

Sister Peg to Address Undergraduates at LMU’s Commencement

Margaret “Peg” Mary Dolan, RSHM [LibArts ’58, MA ‘74] will deliver the 2008 undergraduate commencement address to more than 1,200 students during Loyola Marymount University’s 96th annual ceremony on Saturday, May 10, the university announced today.

Sister Peg, as she is affectionately known, is a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and has been called to channel her energies to God’s desire so that all may have life and live it to the fullest. She has been a LMU Chaplain since 1974 and also served as a campus minister from 1974-1985, until she was appointed as director of Campus Ministry.

Through her service, she epitomizes the heart and soul of LMU’s mission and values. Sister Peg has touched the lives of alumni, friends and members of departments across campus and generations. Her dedication to alumni and her service to Campus Ministry grounded and forged her ministerial commitment.

She retired in 2006 after serving 33 years as a resident chaplain, but devotedly continues to fill her roles as LMU alumni chaplain, moderator of Gryphon Circle and retreat director. Sister Peg has spearheaded many programs that take LMU’s message into the community to help people and institutions in need.

More than 1,900 bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees will be awarded this spring during three separate ceremonies at LMU. In addition to undergraduate commencement, ceremonies for graduate students (May 11) and Loyola Law School students (May 18) also will take place in the Sunken Garden on the Westchester campus.

LMU commencement ceremonies are open to the public; tickets are not required. Up to 20,000 guests are expected for the undergraduate ceremony which begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. and lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early as on-campus parking is free, but limited.

Graduate Commencement
Albert Koppes, O.Carm, associate chancellor at LMU, will deliver the graduate commencement address on Sunday, May 11 at 10 a.m. in Sunken Garden. He was ordained as a Carmelite priest in 1959 and has spent his entire life in the education ministry as a high school teacher, principal, university professor and administrator. Father Koppes began his teaching career at LMU in 1975, where he supported the secondary education program, supervised student teachers and taught math and educational psychology.

Over the years he has been appointed to various positions at LMU including: vice president of academic affairs, director and dean of the School of Education. He currently works in University Relations.

Law School Commencement
David W. Burcham ’84 will give the keynote address on Sunday, May 18 at 1 p.m. in Sunken Garden. Burcham is the executive vice president and provost of LMU. Prior to that, he ushered in a new era of educational excellence during his tenure as senior vice president and dean of Loyola Law School.

Burcham was a public school teacher and administrator for more than eight years before receiving a J.D. from Loyola, where he was chief articles editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and received numerous academic honors. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to both the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. Before returning to Loyola as a faculty member in 1991, Burcham practiced labor and employment law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. He served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1999-2000 and was appointed the 15th dean of Loyola Law School in 2000.