May 17, 2012
Click here to read Nancy McCann's commencement addressPhilanthropist, Cultural Arts Activist, Pioneer in Women’s Leadership to Deliver Ursuline College’s Commencement Speech
Nancy McCann, president and trustee of the John P. Murphy and Kulas foundations, will deliver Ursuline College’s May 18th commencement address. The event takes place 7-9 PM at the Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland. Graduates and their families may also attend the Baccalaureate Mass, that same day, at 11am in the Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity in Merici Hall.
“Commencement is a significant and memorable event for our students and their families and having Nancy as the keynote speaker adds to the excitement,” said Ursuline President Sister Diana Stano, OSU, Ph.D. Stano said McCann is a role model who will undoubtedly offer the graduates words of encouragement for the future and inspire them to volunteer in some way.
McCann is an inspirational leader in the business and nonprofit worlds. The John P. Murphy and Kulas foundations provide grants for charitable, educational, musical and performing arts causes in Northeast McCann serves as vice chair of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Centennial Campaign; is a foundation board member of Cleveland State University, where she chairs the nominating and governance committee; and is a member of Kent State University’s Fashion Museum and School of Design, which she helped to create. She also sits on the boards of the Musical Arts Association, the Generation Foundation, University Circle Inc. and is a member of the Junior League.
McCann began her marketing career at Higbee’s department store and went on to become senior vice president with Forest City Commercial Development. While at Forest City, she conceived and began the Cleveland Orchestra’s annual free “Star Spangled Spectacular” concert on Public Square and worked with other nonprofits in their fundraising, publicity and awareness-raising programs.
Ursuline will grant 474 bachelor and master’s degrees. The 2012 graduating class is the largest in the College’s 141 year history.
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