Delivering the commencement address at Gwynedd Mercy University’s 64th graduation ceremony on May 11, 2013, will be Dr. Carol Zinn, a Sister of Saint Joseph from Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pa. The lifelong teacher has invested her life’s work in academia, grassroots-based international movements, and championing key global issues for the Congregations of Saint Joseph, an organization of more than 15,000 women religious.
Throughout her storied career, Dr. Zinn has been influential at all levels of education, working with elementary to post-graduate students. She earned a bachelor’s of science in education from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pa., a master’s degree in theology from St. Bonaventure University in New York, N.Y., and a doctorate in curriculum development and education foundations from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Additionally, Dr. Zinn was a research fellow at Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard University (both in Cambridge, Mass.) on the topic of “leadership and transformation.”
Dr. Zinn spent time working in grassroots-based international movements as a consultant and facilitator. With organizations like the United Religious Initiative and the Earth Charter, she informed multi-sector and multi-issue groups on global realities, local efforts, and the connections inherent.
As a liaison for the Sisters of Saint Joseph to the United Nations, Dr. Zinn participated in discussions about human rights, the eradication of poverty, environmental preservation, peace and disarmament, and more. She also spent time with individual congregations and provinces in helping them connect their efforts and energies to global issues and concerns.
“We are delighted to hear from Dr. Zinn at this year’s commencement,” President Kathleen Owens, PhD., said. “She embodies our Mercy spirit, and I think we will all take something away from her motivational words.”
Currently, Dr. Zinn serves on her congregation’s leadership team and she also serves as president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). During the afternoon’s ceremony, Dr. Zinn will be accepting the Beacon of Mercy Award on behalf of LCWR. Since 1956, the LCWR has assisted more than 57,000 women religious to carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the gospel in today’s world. The Beacon of Mercy Award is presented to an organization whose commitment to integrity and compassion, dedication to service, and leadership in the transformation of society radiates gospel values and inspires others to share in the mission of Mercy.
Commencement is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be held adjacent to Loyola Hall (#19) rain or shine.