Francis Martin Campbell, M.A., the vice chancellor of St. Mary's University, Twickenham, England, and a former British diplomat and Ambassador to the Holy See for Her Majesty, will be the keynote speaker when Misericordia University holds its 91st annual undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m.
Joseph Cornelius Donnelly, the permanent delegate to the United Nations for the international Catholic organization, Caritas Internationalis, is a humanitarian, peacebuilder and diplomat. He will be the guest speaker for the graduate commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. A member of its senior management team, Caritas works in more than 200 countries and territories, serving all communities "based on need not creed.''
The commencement ceremonies are in the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus. During the graduate ceremony, the Misericordia University Alumni Association will present Louis Maganzin, Ph.D., who was a professor of history at Misericordia for 32 years, with the Honorary Alumnus Award in recognition of his service and dedication to the institution. Commencement activities also include a baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 19 at 4 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.
Campbell has been a member of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service since 1997. During that time, his postings included the European Union, United Nations Security Council in New York, Italy, and at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, England. He also served on the staff of Great Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair, first as policy adviser in the No. 10 Policy Unit and then as a private secretary for foreign affairs from 1999 to 2003.
In addition, he was on secondment to Amnesty International as the senior director of policy. In Karachi, Pakistan, Campbell was the deputy high commission from 2011-13. His most recent appointment was as head of the policy unit in the FCO and director of innovation at UK Trade & Investment. Since 2014, he has served as vice chancellor at St. Mary's University, located about 10 miles southwest of the center of London. Misericordia has had a study abroad program with St. Mary's since 2014.
Donnelly has three decades of extensive experiences with communities in need and crises in the Middle East, Central America, Central and East Africa, as well as Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific region. He has been a member of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Working Group on the United Nations Security Council for more than a decade, serving as elected chair since 2014. As a leading advocate for making a civil society the driving force at the United Nations and in the European Union, Donnelly was instrumental in creating the Israel Palestine Working Group, the Asia/Sri Lanka Working Group, the Northern Uganda Working Group, and the Central Africa Policy Forum and the Food & Hunger NGO Working Group.
Additionally, he has campaigned for years on the right to food as a dimension to achieve food security for all communities, which became a feature of the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development paper. Underscoring the dignity of every person, Donnelly has worked to eradicate poverty by collaborating with ecumenical and inter-religious groups and the World Council of Churches and World Bank. In peacebuilding, conflict resolution and reconciliation efforts, he helped to develop the Living Stones Pilgrimages to insure that Christian visitors to Israel and Palestine – where he lived for nearly half his life – fully experienced the Jewish, Christin and Muslim communities in the Holy Land.
Donnelly's involvement in protecting and rescuing child soldiers and preventing human trafficking began with his service to the Faith & Ethics Network of the International Criminal Court. The organization has confronted these actions and their deadly impact on refugees, migrants, displaced and vulnerable people from Mexico to Syria, Iraq to South Sudan, and Cambodia to Brazil.
During the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies, Misericordia University will present the guest speakers with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees in recognition of their service to higher education and humankind.