Over 1000 graduates to participate in 2016 University of Portland Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 1


April 29, 2016

Business leaders Tim Boyle and Fedele Bauccio will address attendees in two ceremonies to be held at campus’s Chiles Center 

Portland’s Tim Boyle, chief executive officer of Columbia Sportswear, and Fedele Bauccio, co-founder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, will address the 2016 University of Portland spring commencement exercises on Sunday, May 1 at the Chiles Center on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. 

To accommodate the increasing number of graduates and their family members, there will be two ceremonies this year: Commencement I, which begins at 10:00 a.m., is for graduates of the College of Arts and Science and School of Education; Commencement II, which starts at 2:00 p.m., is for graduates of the Pamplin School of Business, Shiley School of Engineering, and School of Nursing. Family and friends of graduates, alumni, benefactors, and the community are all welcome to watch the graduation ceremony. For information on tickets and parking, please visit the Commencement page on the University’s website, www.up.edu/commencement

Video of the commencement exercises will be streamed live on the internet. The free streaming will be available at up.edu/commencement. The live video stream will be provided by Sports Video NW. University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. will confer an anticipated 871 bachelor’s degrees on Sunday. Poorman will confer 155 master’s degrees during the two commencement programs. 

Fedele Bauccio ’64, ’66 MBA, ’04 Hon., co-founder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, will deliver the address for the morning Commencement ceremony. After working for more than two decades in the food service industry, Fedele Bauccio launched Bon Appétit in 1987 with the idea of offering on-site restaurants that served fresh and healthy food options. Today, the company operates more than 650 customized onsite restaurants for corporations, universities (including his alma mater), museums, and sports venues in 31 states.  With his wife, Linda, he established the Bauccio Lecture in Entrepreneurship, which brings national leaders to the University of Portland campus each year. He was also instrumental in the recent remodel of the Pilot House as well as the University’s dining hall, which was aptly renamed Bauccio Commons in 2010.

Columbia Sportswear’s chief executive officer Tim Boyle will receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the address at the University’s afternoon Commencement ceremony. A Portland native, he graduated from Jesuit High School in 1967 and earned his degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1971. That same year, he stepped into help run Columbia Sportswear when his father, Neal Boyle, the company president since 1964, died suddenly of a heart attack. Together, he and his mother, Gert Boyle, reshaped the small and struggling Portland-based sportswear company into what is now a globally recognized brand with net sales of more than $2.3 billion. Tim Boyle and his wife, Mary, are also known for their commitment to and support of causes in fields as wide-ranging as scientific research, education, and the arts. His business acumen and belief in the efforts of other Oregonians has had a far-reaching impact in this state and beyond.

Christus Magister Medal

On Sunday, the University’s highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal, will be awarded to D. Allen Lund and his wife, Kathleen, of Pasadena, Calif.. The Lunds are longtime supporters of the University of Portland and Catholic education. Allen is the president and CEO of the Allen Lund Company, a transportation and logistics brokerage, which he established in 1976. He is chairman of the University of Portland’s Board of Regents. Beyond The Bluff, the Lunds received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton award from the National Catholic Education Association in 2009 for their significant support of Catholic education, and in 2011 Kathleen was named a Cardinal Honoree by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Kathleen has been a longtime advocate for pro-life causes and is a board member and past president of the Right to Life League of Southern California. 

The Lunds’ dedication to the mission of this University has changed the landscape of the campus in myriad ways. One of the most visible changes is the University’s Bell Tower, which has quickly become an iconic campus landmark since its dedication in 2009. Other crucial endeavors that they have supported include the establishment of an endowed scholarship for students, the renovation of the library, the building of a new recreation center, and a rare Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, which is on permanent display in the Clark Library.

Honorary Doctorate Recipients

Also receiving honorary doctorates will be Eleanor Blum, the first female dean of an engineering school in the United States; Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C., scholar and author; Cathy Rush, women’s sports pioneer; Steve Shepard, business leader and member of the University's Pamplin School of Business Hall of Fame; and Ron Thomas, president of the University of Puget Sound. David Brooks, nationally recognized journalist and author, was awarded his honorary degree during a visit to campus in March.

For more information on the Commencement ceremonies, tickets, parking, and biographies of the speakers and honorary doctorate recipients, visit www./up.edu/commencement.


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