Saint Mary's College of California Honors Lasallian Education Leader during De La Salle Week

For Immediate Release

MORAGA, Calif. (April 18, 2008) – Brother José H. Cervantes, FSC, Ph.D., whose teaching career in grammar school through graduate education spans 50 years, will receive an honorary degree at Saint Mary's College of California's annual Convocation at on Wednesday, April 30 at 12:45 p.m.

The event is part of Saint Mary's College's De La Salle Week, a celebration of the founder of the Christian Brothers and the school's Lasallian heritage. The week includes the college's annual Carnival for Kids, where students welcome young children from local nonprofit organizations to campus on Friday, May 2.

Brother José will be the featured speaker at the Convocation, where he will discuss the value of international dialogue to foster greater human understanding, particularly within higher education.

Brother José served as president of the Mexican Federation of Private Institutions of Higher Education and as the leader of the Universidad La Salle Institution in Mexico City, Obregon, and Chihuahua. He played a key role in the establishment of the International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU) and served on Saint Mary's College Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2003.

Born in Puebla, Mexico, Brother José earned degrees in social studies and Spanish literature from Universidad de Coahuila, and a doctorate in sociology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Brother José will receive the degree of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Honoris Causa, at the Convocation, which will take place in the Chapel at Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, in Moraga. For more information, call the Office of Academic Affairs at (925) 631-4406.

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Saint Mary's College, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community in Moraga, California based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 3,600 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The Christian Brothers, an international Catholic teaching order, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school.