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Commencement 2013 Retiring UST President Delivers SJU Commencement Address The Rev. Dennis Dease, recently retired president of the University of St. Thomas, delivered the SJU Commencement address May 12. Dease, who served as president of UST since 1991, received an honorary doctorate from Saint John’s at commencement. “I never imagined that one day I’d become a Johnnie,” quipped Dease. “And I could not be more proud. Thank you.” The 2013 Saint John’s graduating class included 409 undergraduate men and 24 School of Theology•Seminary graduates.

Paul Middlestaedt

Evan Gruenes ’14

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Carey ’13 Walks in Grandfather’s Footsteps When Benjamin Carey ’13 realized that his grandfather, Richard Carey ’52, would not be able to attend the commencement ceremony, he decided to bring Saint John’s to his grandfather. Benjamin collected a series of photos taken when his grandfather was at SJU and recreated them, starring himself. Richard died on May 2, just a few days before Benjamin’s commencement. But not before he had the opportunity to see the photos collected by his grandson. Benjamin posted the photos on popular website Reddit. “He had a chance to see the pictures I posted to Reddit the night before he died and while I wasn’t able to be there, I’m told that he was very happy to see them and smiled for the first time in days,” says Benjamin. The story was featured in the Huffington Post, and was popular with scores of Johnnies. Richard Carey ’52 and grandson Benjamin Carey ’13 (many years later!) by Mary Hall. For more photos like this go to


Saint John's Magazine Summer/Fall 2013  

Saint John's Magazine is published in the fall and winter for alumni, parents, friends and the Saint John's University campus community.

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