La Roche College Confers 392 Degrees at 50th Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday, May 9, the Class of 2015 at La Roche College
learned the importance of agile career strategies for uncertain times.

Management consultant Christine Spadafor delivered
the College's 50th commencement address, advising graduates on lessons learned
during her career as a lawyer, board advisor, management consultant and
entrepreneur. La Roche conferred 392 degrees at the ceremony.

"Aspire to develop an uncommonly effective "toolbox" of skills and capabilities,"
Ms. Spadafor told the graduating class. "Then apply those tools boldly in the
service of others - addressing the complex challenges where talent and commitment
are always in demand."

La Roche presented Ms. Spadafor with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters -
awarded in recognition for her longstanding service on behalf of at-risk children
and individuals unable to advocate for themselves. For nearly 10 years, Ms. Spadafor
served as CEO of St. Jude's Ranch for Children, a nonprofit organization caring for
abandoned and abused children. She also has served as a CEO, fundraiser, board
advisor and volunteer to charitable groups and causes.

Ms. Spadafor is president of the SpadaforClay
Group, a management consulting firm specializing
in board advisory services and the turnaround of under-performing organizations.
Before founding her own firm, Ms. Spadafor was a partner in the Boston Consulting
Group and other global management consulting firms. An alumna of La Roche College,
Ms. Spadafor went on to earn an Sc.M. Degree from the Harvard School of Public
Health and a Juris Doctorate from the Harvard Law School.

During the ceremony, the La Roche College Woman of Providence Award was presented to
Sister Myra Rodgers, CDP, whose life of service, as part of the mission of the
Congregation of Divine Providence, is a compelling example of God's Providence made
visible. 

The College also presented the President's Awards for Leadership and
Scholarship, which are the most prestigious awards offered to undergraduate students
of La Roche College. These awards are conferred by President Sister Candace
Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., to two graduating students: a traditional-aged student and
nontraditional-aged student who have exemplary academic records, who exemplify the
values and characteristics of the College's mission statement, and who are effective
leaders either on campus, in the workplace, or in the community.