SPOKANE, Wash. – Priest, journalist and author Father James Martin, S.J., delivered Gonzaga University’s undergraduate commencement address Sunday, May 8. The ceremony was among Gonzaga’s three 123rd commencement exercises May 6-8. Fr. Martin received an honorary doctor of letters in tribute to his literary success in assisting thousands of people on their faith journey while emphasizing the importance of love.
Editor-at-large at America, the national Catholic magazine, Fr. Martin’s most recent books are “Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus,” “The Abbey” and “Jesus: A Pilgrimage.” His book on Jesuit spirituality, “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life,” made The New York Times list of best-sellers. Martin entered the Society of Jesus in 1988 after working for six years in corporate finance. His service work includes care and support to the seriously ill and dying, the homeless, inner-city youth in New York City, street gang members and unemployed men and women in Chicago. Many of his books on faith development have won awards from Catholic Press and Publishers Weekly in addition to being best-sellers. A native of Pennsylvania, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and master’s degrees in divinity and theology from Weston Jesuit School of Philosophy (now Boston College). He has received more than 10 honorary doctorates.
Washington State Attorney General Robert Ferguson delivered the keynote address at the Law School commencement May 7 and shared insights from his vocation and passion for the law to help people achieve peace and justice in their lives. Gonzaga Law Professor Emeritus Gary Randall received the Law Medal at the ceremony, recognizing his exemplary teaching and support of students for nearly 30 years, as well as his contributions to the fields of tax and property law.
Spokane-based author and certified mental health counselor Michael Gurian deliver the graduate commencement address May 7. Gurian received an honorary doctor of letters in recognition of his contributions to gender neuroscience and efforts to improve education for children in disadvantaged communities.