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Fifty-one students to graduate from College of Saint Mary on Dec. 14

Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

OMAHA, NEB. – College of Saint Mary will graduate 51 students during Winter Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14th. They include one associate’s degree, 27 bachelor’s degrees, and 23 master’s degrees.

Baccalaureate Mass will begin at 5 p.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. A graduate reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the dining hall. Final Commencement will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Lied Fitness Center. Patty Bauer, Vice President of Methodist Women’s Hospital, will deliver the commencement address. 

Bauer began her career at Methodist Hospital as a respiratory therapist in 1989. In 1995, she was promoted to Service Leader of Respiratory Care Services and went on to lead cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and the cardiac/telemetry unit before being named as the Service Executive for the Oncology Service Line.  Bauer currently serves as Vice President for Methodist Women’s Hospital. 

Bauer earned her associate degree in respiratory therapy from College of Saint Mary and received her Bachelor of Science in Health Arts from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois.  She returned to Omaha and the College of Saint Mary for her associate degree in nursing. She has a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Saint Francis.

Bauer is a board member and mission chair for Susan G. Komen Great Plains. She and her husband live in Elkhorn and enjoy travel and spending time with family and friends.    

College of Saint Mary has been educating leaders since 1923. Founded for women by the Sisters of Mercy, CSM is a thriving Catholic university that provides access to affordable education. CSM fosters potential and leadership through academic excellence, scholarship and lifelong learning. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many of today’s highest-paying, in-demand fields, including physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, nursing, science, education, business and legal studies.

CSM offers its student body an enriching collegiate experience that includes competitive athletics and a wide range of fine arts opportunities. A member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), CSM Flames student-athletes field teams in 11 competitive sports: basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, bowling, competitive dance, golf, swimming, tennis, cross country and track and field. Fine arts play a large role in rounding out an academic experience, and CSM provides students with the opportunity to continue their passion for music, art and drama.

Located in the heart of Omaha, home of four Fortune 500 companies, CSM’s 40-acre campus is adjacent to Aksarben Village’s vibrant and bustling retail and entertainment space, as well as Baxter Arena. CSM is minutes from world-class attractions such as the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Joslyn Art Museum, Lauritzen Gardens and CenturyLink Center Omaha.