Alvernia University will bestow Honorary Degrees of Humane Letters on The Most Reverend John O. Barres, D.D, S.T.D., J.C.L., fourth Bishop of Allentown and D. Michael Baxter, M.D., chair of the department of family and community medicine at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, during commencement ceremonies at the Sovereign Center, May 12, 2012, at 2 p.m. Dr. Baxter will also address students as the commencement speaker.
Bishop Barres was ordained a Bishop and installed as the fourth Bishop of Allentown by His Eminence, Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown on July 30, 2009.
Dr. Michael Baxter joined the Reading Hospital and Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in 1990, serving as Director for 20 years. He currently serves as Chair of the Family and Community Medicine Department. In addition to his responsibilities as Department Chair, Dr. Baxter teaches residents and medical students in the in-patient and ambulatory settings.
Allison Toczylowski (Mantua, N.J.) will be taking the stage as this year's student speaker before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training.