At 10 June ceremonies marking the graduation of its 35th class, Bethlehem University awarded CNEWA’s president, Msgr. Robert L. Stern, with a Doctorate in Humanities, honoris causa.
“Your leadership, expertise, and dedication have led to significantly enhanced support of Bethlehem University — its students, faculty and alumni — and the people of Palestine,” said the university’s vice chancellor, Brother Peter Bray, F.S.C.
“I see highly motivated young men and women who have worked hard and made great sacrifices to be here,” Msgr. Stern said. “I see the mothers and fathers of tomorrow, the teachers and nurses, the guides and business personnel. I see graduates who have learned well the lesson that in unity there is strength. I see in your bright faces and bold hearts the bright future of Palestine.”
This year, more than 770 young men and women, including 52 postgraduate students, were awarded their diplomas over a two-day period; graduation ceremonies were divided to accommodate the university’s increasing student body.
Founded by Pope Paul VI and administered by the De La Salle Brothers of the Christian Schools, Bethlehem University is the only Catholic university in the Holy Land.
To view Msgr. Robert L. Stern’s citation click here (old/broken link: https://www.bethlehem.edu/about/2011-06-06Stern-Citation.pdf). To read his commentary please click here (old/broken link: https://cnewa.org/bulletin-images/bulletinimages-2011/Msrg%20Stern%20Remarks%20in%20-%20Bethlehem%20University.pdf).