Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh to Deliver Keynote Address to 538 Stevenson Graduates at University’s 62nd Commencement, May 21

May 8, 2015 7 AM

A total of 538 students will walk across the stage and receive their diplomas when Stevenson University celebrates its 62nd Commencement, Thursday, May 21, at the University’s Greenspring gymnasium.

Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh will provide the keynote address to graduates and their families. Harbaugh—who will be delivering his first commencement speech—has led the Ravens to a playoff berth in six of his seven seasons in Baltimore and, in 2012, captured the franchise’s second Super Bowl victory.

Harbaugh is the only head coach in NFL history to win at least one playoff game in six of the first seven seasons of a coaching career. Additionally, he owns the second-most playoff victories (10) by a head coach in the first seven seasons of a career since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Under Harbaugh’s guidance, Baltimore has produced the NFL’s second-most total victories (82, including playoffs) since his 2008 arrival.

The University will also recognize Rev. John W. Swope, SJ, the Founding President of Baltimore’s Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, with Stevenson’s fifth annual Social Entrepreneurship Award. Cristo Rey, which opened in 2007 in East Baltimore, offers a college preparatory education to the children of under-served families throughout the city. Nearly all of Cristo Rey’s students become first-generation college students and 100 percent of them have been accepted into college. Two members of Stevenson’s Spring 2015 graduating class are also graduates of Cristo Rey.

Both Harbaugh and Fr. Swope will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Stevenson University’s highest academic honor.

Stevenson will hold two commencement ceremonies, with graduates from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of the Sciences receiving their diplomas at 10 a.m., and graduates from the School of Business and Leadership, the School of Design, and the School of Education honored at 3 p.m. For more information, visit Individuals who cannot attend either commencement may view the ceremony online by visiting the URL above and clicking the “Live Feed” tab.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

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