ESPN’s senior director of business administration and Quincy University alumna Linda Moore delivered the keynote address during Quincy University’s 151st Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 11th, 2014. Moore graduated from QU with a bachelor of science in management in 1981 and continued her education, earning a master of sport science from the U.S. Sports Academy and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She was elected to the Quincy University Board of Trustees in 2011 where she continues to serve today.
Moore joined ESPN in 1998 as the director of auxiliary events and has since held a number of roles within “The Worldwide Leader in Sports.” Moore has worked with many organizations including the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, ESPY Celebrity Golf Classics, and red carpet shows.
Quincy University posthumously awarded an honorary degree to alumnus Bill O’Donnell. Wife Maureen O’Donnell, accepted the degree in his honor. O’Donnell graduated from Quincy University in 1973 with a bachelor of science in psychology. For the next 40 years he gave back to the university through leadership roles, financial investments, and volunteer hours.
Upon his graduation from Quincy College, Bill enrolled at Western Illinois University where, in 1974, he earned a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel. He would continue in the field of higher education through professional leadership positions at both Mississippi State University and Northwestern University. O’Donnell joined QU’s Board of Trustees in 2005 and served as Quincy University’s alumni director from 2008 until his passing in 2013.
Graduates elected Fritz Lauriston, senior theology and philosophy major to deliver the welcome address. During his years as a student, Lauriston was active in numerous QU organizations such as the Minority Student Association, and Brothers of Unity. He was actively involved with the annual Men’s Awareness Week on campus and organized various poetry events. Lauriston was a four-year member of the university football team.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University office of communications by calling (217) 228-5275.