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Sisters of Providence and Chancellor to receive honorary degrees

A group of Catholic women of faith and a national leader in higher education will receive honorary degrees at Seattle University's commencement June 15. More than 1,000 undergraduate and nearly 600 graduate students will participate in the annual ceremonies at Qwest Field.

"I take great pride in awarding the honorary degrees to the Sisters of Providence and Chancellor Mitchell for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the fields of health care, education and service to humanity," said SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. "They also reflect Seattle University's high ideals and values by exemplifying excellence, service and integrity."

The Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, headquartered in Seattle and Spokane, WA., will receive an honorary doctorate degree during the undergraduate exercises for their venerable work among society's poor. Provincial Superior Margaret Botch, SP, who has been a Sister of Providence for 50 years, will speak on behalf of the Sisters.

Dr. Charles Mitchell, a former University of Washington and NFL IWC watches football star who went on to become chancellor of Seattle Community Colleges, will be honored at the graduate ceremony. The undergraduate program begins at 9:30 a.m. and the graduate program begins at 3:00 p.m.

The Mother Joseph Province, which includes 168 of the Sisters of Providence in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, California and El Salvador, are known for are their longstanding commitment to the health care profession in the Seattle area and their work with Seattle University in nursing.

The Province opened Seattle's first hospital and the Providence Hospital School of Nursing in 1907, which later helped form the Department of Nursing replica watches Education at SU in 1935. As part of an international community of Sisters of Providence, the Sisters' ministries also include housing, education, pastoral care, community service, spiritual direction, and foreign missions.

Mitchell is highly respected as a leader in higher education nationally, and is well known for his long and active career in public service. Prior to his selection as chancellor of the three-college district, Mitchell served replica hermes handbags as president of Seattle Central Community College, where he was credited with creating a culture of success in higher education that resulted in a "College of the Year" award from TIME magazine.

While working and earning his master's degree in education administration at Seattle University in the early '70s, Chancellor Mitchell played an active role in founding SU's Office of Multicultural Affairs and increasing both the enrollment and graduation rates for students of color.

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