Commencement Week 2015


Wednesday, May 13 • Canale Arena (6:00 p.m.)
This event is mandatory for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises. Reception to follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.

Thursday, May 14 • Sabbatini Lounge (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
Invitations will be issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to get together for a relaxing dinner and induction into the Legacy Society. Invitees should RSVP by May 6 to or (901) 321-3270.

Friday, May 15 • University Theater (10:00 a.m.)
By invitation only, the Presidential Student Recognition recognizes undergraduates who have excelled in the classroom, athletically, and across campus. Parents and CBU faculty/staff are also invited to attend.

Friday, May 15 • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (7:00 p.m.)
shielerThe Baccalaureate Service commences at 7:00 p.m. Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Undergraduates: Wear regalia only; Graduate students: wear regalia and hood. Please do not bring your cap.) Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Christian Brothers, will deliver the Baccalaureate address. A reception for graduates and guests will be held following the Baccalaureate Service in Marion Hall. Families will have the chance to take photos with their graduates. Click here for more info and RSVP »»

Saturday, May 16 • Signaigo Field* (9:00 a.m.)
The ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Buckman Quadrangle. Graduates must arrive at Canale Arena by 7:30 a.m. Gates for the general public open at 8:00 a.m. Click here for Commencement parking map»»



Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religion & Philosophy ’11, Catholic Studies ’17) was recently invited to submit an article on the theology of sports and recreation to the summer 2015 issue of Church Health Reader, the official publication of Memphis’ own Church Health Center. Also, his recent paper entitled “Welcomed as Christ: Immigration Through the Lens of Benedictine Hospitality” has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming (yet undetermined) issue of Benedictines, a journal of contemporary monastic issues published by the Sisters of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS.

2015 Student Leadership Awards

The Student Government Association and Student Life thank all of the nominees and attendees for taking part in this year’s Student Leadership Awards presentation. Special thanks to Dr. Kelli Hefner (Academic Services) for helping honor our distinguished student leaders, as well as Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering) for providing such great looking awards.
And the winners are…
  • Greek Chapter of the Year: Alpha Xi Delta (Rachel Depperschmidt, President)
  • Greek Woman of the Year: Rebecca Hall, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Man of the Year: Ian Boyd, Phi Beta Sigma
  • Outstanding Greek Scholarship: Alpha Xi Delta
  • Outstanding Sorority Scholar: Katie Robinson, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Outstanding Fraternity Scholar: John Buttross, Kappa Sigma
  • Outstanding New Member (Sorority): Mariana Hernandez, Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Outstanding New Member (Fraternity): Angel Rodriguez, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Outstanding Organization Advisor: Tabitha Diaz & Wendy Sumner-Winter, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Resident Assistant of the Year: Shanice Oliver
  • Outstanding Senator(s): Taylor Flake & Brock Swims
  • Outstanding Student Scholar: Taylor Seaman, President of ENACTUS
  • Emerging Leader: Sean Rowland, Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Commitment to Diversity: Mustafa Hmood, President of Muslim Students’ Association
  • Saint Thomas More Award: Ian Boyd, Phi Beta Sigma
  • Outstanding Community Servant: Abigail Lockard, September of Service
  • Excellence in Community Service: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Most Improved Student Organization: Zeta Tau Alpha (Lindsey Barnes, President)
  • New Student Organization of the Year: Food Recovery Network (Michael MacMiller, President)
  • Student Organization of the Year: Lasallian Collegians (JD Wolfe, President)
  • Campus Program of the Year: Trailblazers of Memphis (Jonathan Mosley & Taylor Flake)
  • Intramural Greek Cup (Sorority): Alpha Xi Delta
  • Intramural Greek Cup (Fraternity): Kappa Sigma

Student Government Senators for 2015-16

Congratulations to the new Student Government Association Senators for 2015-16:

School of Arts: Taylor Flake, Abigail Lockard, and Abbie Stovall
School of Business: Olivia ParselsBrock Swims, and Kaitlyn DeBaun
School of Engineering: Mikayla OrtnerAnne Youngblood, and Samantha Bennett
School of Sciences: Keyara BaltimoreCaroline Montague, and Joe Krebs

White Coats for the PA Class of 2016

The Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2016 celebrated their White Coat Ceremony on May 9 in the University Theater, marking a rite of passage for the students from didactic classroom and lab instruction to practical clinical training. Congratulations to the members of Class of 2016, CBU’s third cohort of PA students!

International Student Summer Info

International Student Services (ISS) will not host Chat n Chew during the remaining Wednesdays in May. Chat n Chew will resume on Wednesday, June 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Maurelian lounge. All international students who will remain on campus during break are encouraged to come by Buckman Hall 347 if they have any concerns or questions. Eliza Warren, Coordinator of International Student Services, is always happy to talk with you.

All international students who plan to leave the USA during summer break MUST see Dean Karen Conway in Student Life in order to have their I-20s signed. Have a great break!

Academic Services News

Academic Services welcomes Justin Bowles, who will serve as the academic advisor for tutoring and academic support. She will be working with department chairs and deans to provide a network for tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic workshops for our students. Previously, she held a similar position at Memphis College of Art, and we¹re proud to welcome her to CBU. Her office is located in Barry Hall 33.
Eliza Warren, Coordinator for International Student Services, has moved her office to  Buckman Hall 347, across from International Initiatives. She will be working with both graduate and undergraduate international students who transition to and through CBU.