Commencement 2012

USF Celebrates Graduates

Commencement Ceremony 2012Bill Cosby honored at Commencement on May 18, 2012. Photo by Shawn Calhoun.

Commencement exercises celebrating newly minted graduates took place in mid-May on the University of San Francisco campus, with a number of high-profile leaders speaking at the ceremonies.


Bill Cosby, comedian, actor, and educator, spoke at the May 18 College of Arts and Sciences ceremonies for undergraduates in the arts and social sciences.


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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spoke on May 18 at the College of Arts and Sciences ceremonies for humanities and sciences undergraduates.


Holly Petraeus, the assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs in the Treasury Department’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, delivered a commencement address to College of Arts and Sciences graduate students on May 18. Petraeus is the wife of retired U.S. Army general and CIA director David Petraeus.


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U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter EdD ’89 spoke to School of Education graduates during the school’s exercises, also on May 18.


Ken Hackett, former president of Catholic Relief Services, the official international relief and development agency of the Catholic Church in the U.S., spoke to School of Management undergraduates on May 19.

Class of 2012: USF by the Numbers

  • 1,099

    undergraduates
  • 890

    master’s candidates
  • 20

    doctoral candidates
  • 240

    law graduates

Other speakers included:

  • U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey;
  • Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court;
  • Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., Regis University president; and
  • Ralf Hotchkiss, director and chief engineer of Whirlwind Wheelchair International Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at San Francisco State University.


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