As we launched commencement month, I was pleased to join professors Grønbjerg, Gazely and Lenkowsky on May 1 at SPEA Bloomington to celebrate graduates from the Nonprofit Management Program that evolved together with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
The main event for the month—also the culmination of our academic year—was our sixth commencement as a school. We had the pleasure of witnessing Indiana University award honorary doctorates to three valued members of our community.
Lifetime Board of Visitors members Maureen Hackett and Jerre Stead, and founding director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving Bill Enright were honored at the large IUPUI graduation and again during our more intimate school recognition ceremony. Each one issued a charge to our graduates, nicely complementing the inspirational words of our alumni speaker, Angela Carr Klitsch, M.A./M.P.A. ’07, president and CEO of EmployIndy. We also graduated a record number of nine Ph.D.s.
Thanks to the Central Indiana Community Foundation for hosting a screening of 13th, a film about racial inequality, social justice, and incarceration that I attended at the historic Athenaeum.
The school was also pleased to host a large conference room full of colleagues from The Salvation Army in town for a conference, some of whom are already taking advantage of our online graduate programs.
I also had the distinct pleasure of joining founding dean emeritus Gene Tempel for an informative lunch meeting with lifetime Board of Visitors member Don Buttrey.
Professors Rooney, Osili, Stanczykiewicz and King joined me at Lilly Endowment Inc. to present Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Clay Robbins and his team with an update on the school, which was followed by a spirited conversation on the state of philanthropy.
I also had good meetings with Sally Bindley, Bruce Boyd, and Sharon Reed prior to leaving for Berlin to participate in the European launch of the Global Philanthropy Environment Index.