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Benedictine College Tops List of Notable Commencement Speakers

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., made the national scene again this week when it was rated as one of 14 colleges with the most notable commencement speakers by Philadelphia magazine. According to writer Annie Monjar, Benedictine “nailed the commencement speaker game” with its announcement of former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.  Other colleges on the list included Harvard, Yale and Notre Dame.

In her  article, Monjar mentioned speakers like President Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert.  In addition to the 14 schools listed, she also noted Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance at the hometown college, the University of Pennsylvania.  Read the entire article here.

In 2012, papal biographer George Weigel was Benedictine College’s commencement speaker. In 2011, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, former U.S. Senate pro-life leader, gave the commencement address.

Philadelphia magazine is a regional publication providing topical, in-depth reports on crucial and controversial issues, ranging from business trends, political analysis, metropolitan planning, sociological trends, plus critical reviews of the cultural, sports and entertainment scene.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been consistently named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

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