50th Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

News Story: April 19, 2016

From left are Victoria Sweet, Brad Evans, Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga and Leo Melamed.

Victoria Sweet, former award-winning historian and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 50th Undergraduate Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.  At the same ceremony, Brad Evans, senior adviser at Morgan Stanley, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will address those gathered for the the University’s Graduate Commencement on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Theology degree. An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be bestowed on Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group.

The SHU class of 2016 includes 890 undergraduates who will have earned associate and bachelor’s degrees and 1,026 graduate students who will have earned master’s degrees, professional certificates and doctorates. The ceremonies for both graduate and undergraduate students will take place at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

Sweet practiced medicine for 20 years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, where she began writing. In her first book, God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (Riverhead, 2012), she laid out her evidence—in stories of her patients and her hospital—for some new ideas about medicine and health care in this country. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and is working on her next book, Slow Medicine: Healing in an Age of Technology. She is also part of a working group for an Institute for Slow Medicine at UCSF.

Maradiaga is one of the most prominent Catholic Church leaders in Latin America. He has much experience as an educator, with degrees in philosophy, theology and clinical psychology and psychotherapy, and is an accomplished musician. He participated in the papal conclave of April 2005 that elected Pope Benedict XVI. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop in 1978 and received his episcopal ordination before his 36th birthday. He became the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa in 1993 and received the cardinal’s red hat from the late Pope John Paul II on January 21, 2001. He also holds honorary degrees from Don Bosco University in San Salvador and the Catholic University of Taiwan in Kaohsiung.

Evans is responsible for managing certain client relationships at Morgan Stanley as well as advising on significant strategic transactions. He joined the company in 1970 and has served as its vice president since 1976 and its managing director since 1979. In his career, he served as co-head of Morgan Stanley’s Mergers and Acquisitions Department and head of its European Investment Banking Business, based in London. He has been as vice chairman of Morgan Stanley since 2000. He serves as a Member of the Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School and a trustee of Dartmouth College. Evans also serves as co-chair of the board for Sacred Heart University’s Horizons at SHU summer enrichment program for inner city youth from Bridgeport. He is a founding board member and lifelong advocate for education equality and addressing the achievement gap—goals this program addresses. He served four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Dartmouth College in 1964 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1970.

Melamed is globally recognized as the founder of financial futures. In 1972, as chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group), he revolutionized markets with the creation of the International Monetary Market (IMM)—the first futures market for financial instruments—and the launch of currency futures. In 1987, he again revolutionized trading by introducing Globex, the world’s first futures electronic trading system. In 1992, he became its founding chairman.

A Holocaust survivor, Melamed is the author of several books and articles. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the CME Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award in 2005; The William F. Sharpe Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and The Risk Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. An attorney by profession, he received his Doctor of Laws Degree from John Marshall Law School in 1998. He is chairman and CEO of Melamed & Associates, Inc., a global consulting enterprise founded in 1993.

Sacred Heart University offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs to over 8,500 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students through its six colleges.