Moraga, Calif. (May 14, 2004) -- Three graduate students in the School of Education will be awarded the first doctoral degrees at Saint Mary's College of California in a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. on May 23, 2004 in the McKeon Pavilion.

Susan Craig, Kristen Anne Elgen and Carolyn Frederick are the first students to successfully complete the college's Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. The program accepts a variety of students including K-12 educators, community college administrators, higher education teachers and those interested in a doctoral program focusing on leadership in educational settings. Students are required to complete three years of coursework followed by a dissertation.

The program, which began in 2000, was conceived by Fanny Preston, former dean of the School of Education, and Rudie Tretten, the program's former director. Dr. Kaetlyn Lad is the current program director.

For more information, please call Jackie Hoover, program assistant, at (925) 631-4690.

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Saint Mary's College of California is one of the most distinguished colleges in the West. The College's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness comes from its heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian, and liberal arts institution. This heritage creates a personalized, student-centered learning community. Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs in liberal arts and professional education. The College is located in Moraga, 20 miles east of San Francisco.

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