Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo Citation - Commencement 2019

May 19, 2019


From coming to the aid of the world’s poorest communities to helping Pope Francis present his second encyclical — On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si) — you have devoted your life to putting faith into action.

You served as president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, an international humanitarian agency serving more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries on five continents. You came to CRS after an impressive academic career, serving as Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at your alma mater, Purdue University, as well as dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

For you, business has been a calling—to take the values of the Catholic Church and bring them into the world of commerce in order make a difference. During your tenure at Notre Dame, the college was frequently recognized as the nation’s leading business school in ethics education and research. Among your many honors and awards, Foreign Policy magazine named you one of the “500 Most Powerful People on the Planet” and one of only 33 in the category of “A Force for Good.”

As an immigrant, you understand our moral obligation to welcome the stranger. When you came to Stonehill three years ago to deliver the André Lecture, you explored climate change in the context of the Laudato Si, reminding us that we are stewards of creation and that caring for the environment also means caring for each other, particularly the poor and vulnerable.

For your stellar example of living your faith and for your leadership in ethical education and business, we are proud to bestow upon you, Carolyn Woo, honoris causa, the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.