Notre Dame Seminary holds graduation

    Notre Dame Seminary held its commencement exercises May 10 at St. Joseph’s Hall.
    Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond conferred the degrees on the graduates, assisted by Father José Lava­stida, rector-president of Notre Dame Seminary.
    Graduating with a master of divinity degree were Deacon Peter Ai Dang, Diocese of Baton Rouge; Deacon Stephen C. Hellman, Archdiocese of Mobile, magna cum laude; Deacon Eric P. Leyble, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, magna cum laude;
    Deacon Michael A. Marascalco, Diocese of Biloxi, magna cum laude; Deacon Matthew E. McCaughey, Diocese of Baton Rouge, summa cum laude; Deacon Garrett M. O’Brien, Archdiocese of New Orleans (has successfully presented his thesis in Sacred Liturgy on “Sursum Corda: Pope Benedict XVI and Pastoral Liturgy,” summa cum laude);
    Deacon Kyle J. Sanders, Archdiocese of New Orleans, magna cum laude; Deacon William J. Schambough, Diocese of Lafayette; Deacon Mitchel P. Semar, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, cum laude; Deacon Joseph B. Tregre, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, summa cum laude; Brother Luu Duc Vu, Congregation of Mother Coredemptrix; Deacon Douglas M. Vu, Diocese of Birmingham; Deacon Kurt R. Young, Archdiocese of New Orleans, summa cum laude.
    Graduating with a master of arts degree in theological studies were Katie C. Austin, dogmatic theology concentration, Lafayette, La., summa cum laude; Elaine E. Beyer, Houma, La., summa cum laude; Deacon Juan R. Chavajay Tzunún, Diocese of Jackson, cum laude;
    Deacon Al M. Davidson, Diocese of Baton Rouge; Cynthia A. Donnelly, New Orleans, summa cum laude; Suzanne D. Heidel, New Orleans; Jason B. Romero, Baton Rouge, La., summa cum laude; Deacon Michael J. Solomon, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, summa cum laude; Lloyd A. Tate, New Orleans, summa cum laude; José Gustavo Valdez-Mendez, Blue Springs, Mo.
    The following students received a certificate of completion: Brother Patrick Ngoc Nguyen, CMC, Congregation of Mother Coredemptrix; Mac The Tran, CMC, Congregation of Mother Coredemptrix.

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