MORAGA, Calif. (March 23, 2011) - Brother Augustine (Gus) Boquer, FSC, President of the De La Salle University in DasmariÃ±as, Philippines, will receive an honorary doctoral degree as the guest of honor at Saint Mary's College of California's annual De La Salle Week Convocation in the College Chapel.
Held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at 12:45 p.m., the Convocation is the centerpiece of a weeklong celebration of the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, founder of the Christian Brothers, our Lasallian heritage and mission. During the campus-wide commemoration, Saint Mary's students, Christian Brothers, faculty, and staff come together to increase awareness and celebrate of the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.
A model of academic leadership, Boquer's many achievements in higher education include serving as president of De La Salle Universityâ€“DasmariÃ±as and of De La Salleâ€“Health Sciences Institute in the Philippines and as a member on numerous national and international boards of higher learning.
Widely recognized as an innovative educator who is deeply concerned for the welfare of the poor and marginalized, Boquer, who is referred to as Brother Gus by many, has initiated major projects to help improve the lives of those in the Philippines, including the Transformational Centers for Children in Conflict with the Law, the Kundirana Music Ministry for the Poor, the Sick, the Elderly and the Forgotten and the College of Medicine and the American Studies Resource Center at the University of St. La Salle.
"Brother Gus is a stellar example of what a Lasallian educator can accomplish in society through education and faith. He is a transformative teacher, mentor, principal and university president," said Brother President Ronald Gallagher.
Boquer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from De La Salle University in Manila, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership from Saint Mary's College of California and received a Doctorate in Education from the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod, Philippines.
In addition to the Convocation honoring Brother Augustine Boquer, the College will celebrate the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle with a weeklong schedule of activities, including community masses, guest speakers, meditation workshops, an alumni awards dinner, a poverty awareness 5K run and a carnival for pre-school and elementary age children.