The College of New Rochelle to Honor His Excellency Timothy Michael Dolan and President Stephen J. Sweeny at 104th Commencement

On May 26, 2011 The College of New Rochelle (CNR) will celebrate its 104th Commencement as it graduates the Class of 2011. The College will award approximately 1,200 baccalaureate and master’s degrees on graduates of the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing, Graduate School, and School of New Resources during Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at The Jacob Javits Convention Center.

This year’s Commencement address will be given by His Excellency, Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York. The College will confer honorary degrees on Archbishop Dolan and Stephen J. Sweeny, President of The College of New Rochelle, who will retire in June 2011.

Stephen J. Sweeny, Ph.D. In his 35 years at The College of New Rochelle, and particularly his 14 years as president, Stephen J. Sweeny has orchestrated the successful expansion of six city campuses, the advancement of the Graduate School, the tremendous growth of the School of Nursing, and the continued commitment to women undergraduate in the School of Arts & Sciences. He has also directed the multi-million dollar renovation of the Gill Library, and the construction of the $28 million interdisciplinary Wellness Center.

In June 2010, the College closed its most successful fund raising campaign in the College’s history, raising more than $78 million for special projects, including millions of dollars for direct assistance to students in the form of scholarships.
In the numerous positions he has held as faculty member and administrator, his talents for leadership have been varied and appreciated. He came to The College of New Rochelle as Assistant to the Provost, then quickly moved on to the positions of Assistant to the President for Government Relations, Executive Assistant to the President, and later Vice President for Planning. He served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for 18 years before being appointed president in July 1997.

Dr. Sweeny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish literature from The Catholic University of America, Master of Arts degrees in theology and counseling psychology from Manhattan College, a Ph.D. in higher education from New York University, and holds a Harvard University Certificate from the Institute for Educational Management.

Dr. Sweeny has also lent his talents to benefit many other institutions and associations. Today, he serves on the boards of Alverno College, Milwaukee; La Salle Academy, New York City; Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT; Cardinal McCloskey Services, New York; Willow Towers, New Rochelle; the Association for Catholic Colleges and Universities; and the Tax Policy Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is also a Commissioner of the Middle States’ Commission on Higher Education and has served on other boards in support of the educational work of the Ursulines, the Sisters of Charity of New York, the De La Salle Christian Brothers and the Religious of the Sacred Heart. He is a faculty member of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Institute for New University Presidents.

 Among his many honors and degrees, Dr. Sweeny is a Knight of the Order of Malta and a Knight Grand Cross in the order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, a recipient of the Graymoor Award, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Archdiocese of New York, the Honorable MEN-tion Award of the New York Women’s Agenda, the Educator’s Award of the Calabria Society, and will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from College of Saint Elizabeth in May.

Timothy Michael Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on February 23, 2009. He was installed as Archbishop of New York on April 15, 2009.

He had served as Archbishop of Milwaukee since he was named by Pope John Paul II on June 25, 2002. He was installed as Milwaukee's 10th archbishop on August 28, 2002, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Archbishop Dolan was ordained to the priesthood on June 19, 1976. He then served as associate pastor at Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights, MO, until 1979 when he began studies for a doctorate in American Church History at the Catholic University of America. Before completing the doctorate, he spent a year researching the late Archbishop Edwin O'Hara, a founder of the Catholic Biblical Association. Archbishop O'Hara's life and ministry was the subject of the Archbishop's doctoral dissertation.

On his return to St. Louis, Archbishop Dolan served in parish ministry from 1983-87, during which time he was also liaison for the late Archbishop John L. May in the restructuring of the college and theology programs of the archdiocesan seminary system.

In 1987, Archbishop Dolan was appointed to a five-year term as secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. When he returned to St. Louis in 1992, he was appointed vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, serving also as director of Spiritual Formation and professor of Church History. He was also an adjunct professor of theology at Saint Louis University.

In 1994, he was appointed rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he served until June 2001. While in Rome, he also served as a visiting professor of Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University and as a faculty member in the Department of Ecumenical Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. The work of the Archbishop in the area of seminary education has influenced the life and ministry of a great number of priests of the new millennium. On June 19, 2001 – the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – then Fr. Dolan was named the Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis by Pope John Paul II.

Archbishop Dolan served as chairman of Catholic Relief Services from January 2009 – November 2010. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. He is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

On November 16, 2010, Archbishop Dolan was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.