April 04, 2012
Communications and Marketing
Chancellor of Saint Anselm College, Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B. will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Saint Anselm College's 119th Commencement on May 19, 2012. Abbot Matthew has served as both Chancellor of the college and abbot of the Saint Anselm Abbey since 1986. He is retiring from both positions on June 5, 2012.
During his time at Saint Anselm, Abbot Matthew taught in the psychology department, worked in residence halls and served in campus ministry. In the abbey, he was vocation director, formation director, subprior, and prior before being elected abbot and chancellor in 1986. As the abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey, Abbot Matthew is the monastic community's religious superior and spiritual leader.
A native of Bronx, New York, Abbot Matthew took vows as a monk in 1968 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1975. He has a bachelor's degree in philosophy, a master of divinity degree from Saint Albert's Dominican College and he completed a doctorate at Duquesne University.
In addition, the college will present Marcia Sink and William Tucker, Esq. with honorary Doctorate of Law degrees. Marcia Sink is the founder and executive director of CASA of New Hampshire (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children). Under her leadership CASA has become a key participant in the state's child welfare system and earned the respect of the state's judiciary. CASA is a private, nonprofit organization committed to speaking for the best interests of abused and neglected children in New Hampshire courts.
William Tucker, Esq. of the Manchester law firm Wadleigh Starr, has been untiring in his efforts on behalf of Saint Anselm College (as well as Saint Anselm Abbey, Woodside Priory, and Saint Raphael's parish) for more than two decades. Tucker worked for ten years assisting the college and abbey with all aspects of the governance change and the division of the single Order of Saint Benedict of New Hampshire corporation into Saint Anselm College and Saint Anselm Abbey. He has been generous to Saint Anselm Abbey and college with his time and talent. He is a Yale undergraduate and a graduate of Harvard Law School.