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Harvard University Graduate School Chaplain to Deliver Commencement Address

by Janelle Hill May 14, 2018

DeSales University will welcome a familiar face back to campus for its spring commencement. Rev. George Salzmann, OSFS, '71, Ph.D., Harvard University Catholic Chaplain to the Graduate and Professional Schools, will deliver the commencement address on Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m.

The ceremony will be held outdoors on the campus mall, between the McShea Student Center and Trexler Library. In the event of inclement weather, commencement will be held in Billera Hall.

During the ceremony, Rev. James Greenfield, OSFS, '84, president of DeSales University, will confer degrees upon 418 graduating students, including undergraduates, graduates, and ACCESS students. Rev. Salzmann will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Rev. Salzmann graduated summa cum laude from DeSales University (then Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales) in 1971 with a degree in mathematics and physics. He later went on to receive his master's in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University.

Rev. Salzmann studied theology at The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and was ordained to the priesthood on April 23, 1977. Before becoming a chaplain at Harvard, he served as Princeton University's Fellow in Molecular Biology, and as a lecturer at both Princeton and Allentown College.