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La Salle University Commencement  |  May 19, 2013
La Salle University Commencement | May 19, 2013

Brother Lawrence recognized with honorary degree

Brother Lawrence Goyette, FSC, founder and executive director of The San Miguel School of Providence, was recognized with an honorary degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia at the institution's commencement ceremonies on May 19. 

“It’s an incredible honor to receive an honorary doctorate from La Salle University,” said Br. Lawrence. “The mission of La Salle University aligns closely with the mission of the San Miguel School in Providence. La Salle goes to great lengths to be able to provide a quality Lasallian and Christian education to students. I am proud to now be a part of this great Lasallian university.”

Brother Lawrence was one of three Catholic educators recognized with an honorary degree, each having started or operated schools that offer hope, support, and opportunities for their students in the Lasallian tradition.

“Each of those honored have demonstrated the ability to put into practice the philosophy of St. John Baptist de La Salle, our namesake and the patron saint of teachers,” said La Salle University President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C. “As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our founding, it is fitting we honor those who have contributed to the mission of St. La Salle by continuing his legacy.”

The other two recipients were Brother Brian Carty, F.S.C., founder and President of De La Salle Academy, a private, independent middle school in New York City for economically disadvantaged but academically gifted students; and Sister Jeanne McGowan, S.S.J., President of La Salle Academy in North Philadelphia, a school for students in grades 3 through 8 whose families would not otherwise be able to afford a Catholic education.