May Commencement Exercises to be Held on May 16

by William Edwards ’17 | Apr 23, 2015

David J. Kubacki, president of Nativity Preparatory School of Wilmington, Del., will deliver the commencement address during the 47th commencement exercises at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 16, on the campus mall between McShea Student Center and Trexler Library. (In case of rain, commencement will be held in Billera Hall.)

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During the ceremony, DeSales President Fr. Bernard O’Connor, OSFS, will confer degrees upon 488 graduating students, including traditional undergraduates, graduate, and ACCESS students. In addition, students who graduated in January 2015 are invited to walk in the May ceremony as the January ceremony was cancelled because of snow.

David KubackiKubacki (right), who will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree, comes to DeSales with an extensive background in education administration. Before serving as President of the Oblate-affiliated Nativity Preparatory School of Wilmington, he functioned as their acting principal from 2012-13 and graduate support director from 2005-08, where he made advancements in the school’s culture and financial standing.

Kubacki has also acted as director of graduate support and assistant director of mission and programming at NativityMiguel Network of Schools in Washington, D.C., working with alumni and ensuring the success of students pursuing post-secondary education. While at NativityMiguel, Kubacki introduced the first National Student Clearinghouse data collection, as well as AlumniConnect!, an alumni database for the Network of Schools. 

Before a successful career in academia, Kubacki held multiple executive and administrative positions with Wilmington-located corporations including KAP, Inc., Intellistream Technologies, Inc., and Delaware Holding Services, Inc.

Kubacki currently holds professional affiliations with Rotary Club of Wilmington West, where he is the president-elect and foundation chair, as well as with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, the Delaware Association of Independent Schools, the National Catholic Education Association, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce. He is a trustee for the Hope Partnership for Education and holds leadership roles in the Archmere Academy Alumni Council, his secondary school alma mater. With his inclination toward symphonic music, Kubacki also serves as a board member for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

Kubacki holds master’s degrees in secondary school counseling and script writing from Wilmington University and the University of London - Goldsmiths College, respectively. He recently earned a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Delaware. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1996.

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