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Pittsburgh, May 3, 2007 – The 10,000th graduate of La Roche College will receive a degree at the College’s commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the Kerr Fitness Center on the La Roche campus. Samuel Hazo, founder and director of the International Poetry Forum, will be the commencement speaker.

Founded in 1963 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, La Roche College held its first commencement in 1965, at which time degrees were awarded to the first five graduates. Now, 42 years later, the College’s alumni ranks will swell to over 10,000, as 192 graduates receive their diplomas on Saturday.

La Roche College President Sister Candace Introcaso noted that rather than select one individual to represent the 10,000th graduate, the College decided to recognize all the graduates. Those receiving degrees will all be wearing buttons that state: “La Roche College Alumni – 10,000 strong.”

“Graduating our 10,000th student represents quite a milestone in the life of La Roche College,” Sister Candace said. “But, La Roche alumni are strong in many ways, not just in numbers. They are a group of women and men who are strong in their commitment to making the world a better place for all peoples; who are strong in their lifelong quest for learning and self-improvement; who are strong in their belief in contributing to the betterment of their communities; who are strong in their professional skills and capabilities, and who are strong in their faith that each individual can make a difference.”

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