Ukrainian President Awarded  Honorary Degree in Absentia at Dominican College Commencement 

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was awarded an honorary degree in absentia during the 68th Dominican College commencement ceremony May 15.

Dominican College in Orangeburg was among about 30 colleges and universities throughout the United States that conferred on Zelensky an honorary doctorate of humane letters recognizing his extraordinary leadership, courage, sense of justice and willingness to possibly sacrifice his own life in the effort to defend his country’s freedom. 

“President Zelensky has displayed such inspiring and courageous leadership in the face of unimaginable horror, as Russia launches a relentless and unprovoked attack against his country. He has risen to the challenge and has been the right leader for this moment in history,” said Sister Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., the president of Dominican College.

“Because of this, Dominican College is among the institutions of higher learning recognizing the exceptional dedication of President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people by awarding him an honorary degree.”

The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate of Sloatsburg, members of a congregation founded in 1892 in Ukraine, will also be honored at the commencement. Since the Russian attack on Ukraine, the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in the United States have been raising money and sending medical supplies to Ukraine and Poland to help the Ukrainian people. Dominican College will recognize the admirable service of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Sloatsburg by awarding them the 2022 Veritas Medal.   

The commencement took place at Clover Stadium in Pomona.  

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