Some 1,200 graduates will join the Madonna University alumni ranks during the 66th commencement ceremony, Sunday, May 5, 1:30 p.m., at Compuware Arena, in Plymouth, MI.
Among this group will be 20 graduates of Madonna’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Just over 800 students will receive a bachelor’s or associate degree, with some 370 earning master’s degrees.
In addition to the conferral of graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates, there will be two honorary doctoral degrees bestowed; one for SM Clarette Stryzewski, president and CEO of Felician Services, Inc., in Chicago, IL, and the other to Richard Walawender, Miller Canfield principal in Detroit. Sister Clarette will receive a Doctor of Ministerial Leadership.
Sister Clarette has been a teacher, social worker and administrator, and a member of the Felician Sisters for 52 years. She joined Felician Services Inc. (FSI) in January of 1993, as President and CEO, while she was still serving as President and CEO of
St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, IL. Her ministry at St. Mary’s Hospital began in 1983, a position she held until 1995 when she became the full-time President and CEO of FSI.
Responsible for the overall direction and management of FSI, Sister Clarette also oversees the development and implementation of strategic goals and action plans in coordination with the FSI strategic planning process. She leads the management teams so as to ensure that plans, operations, and services are aligned with the Mission, Vision and Values – carrying on the healing work of the dedicated Felician Sisters who established the various ministries – caring for all with a special concern for the poor and the vulnerable.
Sister Clarette is grateful for the many educational opportunities that have been afforded to her through her religious community and she proudly uses that knowledge to lead organizations for which she cares deeply.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my work, especially for Felician Services. I have to say it has been an honor and privilege to provide leadership to such outstanding institutions,” Sister Clarette said.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mundelein College, Sister Clarette went on to earn a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in healthcare administration from St. Louis University
Born and raised in Manitowoc, Wisconsin – not far from Green Bay and Polonia, where the first Felician Sisters settled in the United States – Sister loves the outdoors and camping and is a sports enthusiast, particularly when it comes to the Green Bay Packers.
“I am a stockholder with the team, and I just loving watching them play,” Sister Clarette said.
While she manages a very busy schedule for FSI, Sister Clarette finds time to serve on variousboards, including those of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Inc. and Cardinal Stritch University.