U.S. Secretary Ben Carson to Address Graduates

February 28, 2018

United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Benjamin Carson has accepted the invitation to attend Divine Mercy University’s 17th Commencement Exercises this May. Dr. Carson will receive an Honorary Degree and serve as the principal speaker to address the graduates.

“It is a privilege and an honor to have Dr. Carson speak to our graduates, as they are endeavoring into the field with many hopes and aspirations of healing the suffering in the future,” DMU President Fr. Charles Sikorsky said. “His numerous professional achievements and influence in the medical community are expansive, demonstrating true leadership.  I am encouraged that his inspirational message will impact our graduates.”

Dr. Carson is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School. His educational journey is one of resilience. The sacrifices of his mother, with only a third-grade education, paved the way for achieving academic success and rising from poverty.  Dr. Carson took on those challenges, and at age 33, he assumed the role as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, becoming the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history.  Among his prestigious accomplishments, in 1987 he successfully performed the first separation of craniopagus twins. Dr. Carson has received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.  

The 2018 Commencement Mass & Exercises will take place Friday, May 18th, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

CONTACT: Jessie Tappel; Sr. Director of Communications; 703-416-1441 x 116; jtappel@divinemercy.edu



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