CHARLIE BATCH TO DELIVER LA ROCHE COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
PITTSBURGH, March 7, 2014 – Professional athlete and community advocate Charlie Batch will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and deliver the commencement address at La Roche College’s 49th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 3.
“Charlie Batch is a name that is synonymous with commitment and achievement, both in his career as a quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions and in his impressive contributions as a community advocate and volunteer,” said Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., president of La Roche.
Mr. Batch spent the first four seasons of his professional career with the Detroit Lions before returning to his hometown as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002. He has spent the past 11 seasons with the Steelers, including Super Bowl XL and XLIII championships. Aside from his NFL career, Mr. Batch is well known throughout the region for his community involvement. He takes a very active, hands-on roll in the Best of the Batch Foundation, which he established in 1999 to serve underprivileged youth.
“Charlie Batch is an outstanding role model for young people. He exemplifies the qualities and values that we at La Roche strive to instill in our students – those that will prepare them to be caring and confident leaders in our ever-changing global society. He is most deserving of our thanks and recognition, and we are pleased to present him with an honorary degree,” Sister Candace said.
For more information about La Roche College’s spring commencement ceremony, visit: laroche.edu/commencement
About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.