Christopher G. Kennedy, former president of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) and chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc., the investment firm of the Kennedy family, will serve as the speaker for Dominican University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4.
The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago.
Regrettably, seating capacity for the Lund Auditorium and other campus locations can no longer adequately and comfortably accommodate our graduates, families, friends and faculty for this momentous occasion. The increased seating in the UIC Forum allows each graduate to receive six tickets for guests to attend.
The traditional pre-commencement activities – the Baccalaureate Mass, Strawberries and Champagne, and Candle and Rose – will remain on campus beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3, affording graduates important graduation-related campus moments and celebrations with family and friends.
For information for those graduating and their families, visit dom.edu/commencement
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Christopher G. Kennedy
Kennedy, who is Dominican University’s 2013 Lund-Gill Chair, is also the founder and chairman of Top Box Foods, a non-profit hunger-relief organization that addresses societal issues of hunger through the delivery of high-quality, affordable food products throughout the city of Chicago.
He served as president of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) from 2000 to 2012 and was responsible for managing Chicago’s renowned Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
During his 2000-2012 tenure as president of MMPI, Kennedy was responsible for managing Chicago’s renowned Merchandise Mart, the largest LEED-certified building in the world. MMPI was the largest tradeshow producer in the United States, bringing nearly four million buyers to more than 15,000 sellers annually with over 300 shows across 12 different industries.
Kennedy serves on the boards of numerous public companies and private entities, including Ariel Investments Mutual Fund, Interface Inc., The Chicago Community Trust and Catholic Theological Union. In August 2009, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn appointed Kennedy to the University of Illinois board of trustees and, in January 2013, he was re-elected as chairman for his fifth consecutive term.
As Dominican University’s 2013 Lund-Gill Chair, Kennedy taught an honors course during this spring semester that reviewed the effects of government and community policies on organizations that champion social justice.
Kennedy is the eighth of 11 children of the late U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy.
During the commencement ceremony, Janet D. Rowley, MD, will be presented with an honorary degree in recognition of her groundbreaking 1973 discovery that cancer is a genetic disease. Rowley is the Blum Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology, and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago and the recipient of the 1999 National Medal of Science and the 2009 Presidential Medal of Honor.
Dominican will hold its graduate school commencement at the UIC Forum at 3 p.m., with Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, as commencement speaker.