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Speakers and Honorees

2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

Heidi J. Sorvino, J.D.

Commencement Speaker

Heidi J. SorvinoSorvino holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., a Master of Social Work from New York University, New York, N.Y., and a Juris Doctorate from St. John's University School of Law, New York, N.Y. In 2012, she became Partner at the law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP, New York, N.Y. She is the daughter of CSE alumna, Dr. Barbara Sorvino, a pediatrician, who graduated from College of Saint Elizabeth in 1954.

A member of the American Bar Association, Ms. Sorvino is admitted to practice law in New York; New Jersey; U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of New Jersey, and District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. An expert in the area of bankruptcy, corporate and financial restructuring, she is often quoted on these topics in The Wall Street Journal, Crain's New York Business, and Dow Jones Newswire. Sorvino has also made special guest appearances on CNN Money, Reuters Television, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business News as an analyst commenting on complex bankruptcy issues. She is the author of "Commercial Bankruptcy Reform and Client Challenges," a chapter published in Inside the Minds; Navigating Recent Bankruptcy Law Trends, November 2010.

Sorvino is a Board member and Global Network of Women liaison, Turnaround Management Association, New York City Chapter; former co-chair, New York Chapter of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation; American Bankruptcy Institute; Executive Women's Golf Association; former board member, Ameritrans Capital Corporation.

Her many honors and awards include being listed in The Best Lawyers in America and 2013 New York Metro Super Lawyers. She received an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

In recognition of her commitment to the practice of law and promoting women as full partners in society, we award Heidi J. Sorvino with a Doctor of Laws Degree, Honoris Causa.

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Sister Regina Martin Keane, S.C.

Sister Regina Martin Keane, S.C., a 1964 graduate of College of Saint Elizabeth with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., and a Master of Arts degree in administration from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., entered into eternal rest on December 25, 2013. She became a Sister of Charity on August 20, 1957, and was a contributing member for 56 years.

Sister Regina was a well-respected educator in the state of New Jersey. She began her teaching ministry at St. Paul School, Clifton, N.J., and in 1964 became a teacher at Mother Seton High School, Clark, N.J., where she taught mathematics and religion. In 1975, she became principal of Mother Seton High School, where she served for over 37 years.

Sister Regina served on the Archdiocese of Newark regional high school principals' association. She was also an active member of the College of Saint Elizabeth Board of Trustees from 2008-2011, serving on the academic affairs and physical plant committees. She served on the advisory board of the Academy of Saint Elizabeth as well as on a variety of committees for the Sisters of Charity.

In recognition of her significant contributions to the advancement and support of education, we posthumously award Sister Regina the Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Honoris Causa.

Student Speakers

Jennifer AmpofoJennifer Ampofo

Women's College

Jennifer Ampofo of Newark, N.J., represents the Women's College and will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Allied Health Studies with a Minor in Business Administration.

Her speech topic is, "The Kaleidoscope of Simplicity."

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Marion Spranger

Continuing Studies

Marion Spranger of Colonia, N.J., is an adult student receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Her speech topic is, "Horizons Without Borders."

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