Notre Dame de Namur University
Confers Degrees on 543 Graduates

University’s 165th Commencement ceremony features first degrees from Tracy campus

For Immediate Release (5/8/2017)

Belmont, Calif.—Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU), the third oldest college in California, celebrated its 165th Commencement ceremony on May 6, 2017, conferring degrees and credentials on 543 graduates. The recipients include 183 master’s degrees, 275 bachelor’s degrees, and 85 teaching credentials.

Commencement speakers Libby and Len Traubman told graduates about their Living Room Dialogues that bring together Jews and Palestinians to share stories in an atmosphere of respectful communication. The Traubmans have applied this model to conflict resolution in many regions. “Story sharing dignified and healed both speakers and listeners,” remarked Len Traubman. “Surprisingly and paradoxically, we became convinced that the first step to life beyond war is not to harm or humiliate, but to dignify the enemy.”

This year’s ceremony featured the first NDNU graduates to earn their degrees at the university’s satellite campus in Tracy, California: MBA recipient Kelly Marie D’Souza, and Bachelor of Science recipient Mark Correa.

NDNU President Judith Maxwell Greig urged the graduates: “Reflect on what you learned here and our hallmarks and how you want to be remembered at the end of your life. Go out and bring dignity and goodness to serve the people in your world.”


Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 traditional-aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 48-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit


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