Anna Maria College announces that Yvette E. Bellerose, SSA, Chair of its Board of Trustees, will be the speaker at the College’s 64th Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA. During the ceremony, Anna Maria College will also recognize the following individuals with Honorary Degrees: Raymond Lauring will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration; Edith M. LaVigne ’63 will posthumously receive an Honorary Doctor of Human Service; and Therese Noury, SSA ’68 will receive an Honorary Doctor of Human Service.
 
Sr. Yvette joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1961.  She is a graduate of Anna Maria College and received her master’s degree from Duquesne University.   Sr. Yvette joined the AMC faculty as an adjunct professor in 1978 and became a full-time faculty member for the College in 2000 teaching religious studies and theology.  In 2002, she became the founder and director of the College’s Master’s in Pastoral Ministry and Bachelor’s in Catholic and Pastoral Studies programs.  During her tenure with AMC, Sr. Yvette also served as a resident director, coordinator of campus ministry, a member of the technology committee and chair of the curriculum committee.
 

As part of her consecrated life, Sr. Yvette served as one of the youngest Congregational Leaders of the Sisters of Saint Anne overseeing over 1300 women in religious service around the world from the Congregation’ s headquarters in Lachine, Canada.  She held this position for 12 years, from 1986-1998.  In 2005 she was appointed a Province Leader of the Sisters of Saint Anne in Marlborough, MA to oversee the Sisters in the U.S. and Chile.
 
Sr. Yvette currently serves as Chair of the Anna Maria College Board of Trustees and helped to lead the 2007 search process to recruit the College’s 10th President.   In addition to overseeing AMC’s continued commitment to educational access, especially first generation college students and those of limited means, Sr. Yvette led the Board’s efforts to implement a proactive and prioritized commitment to diversity.  This resulted in the establishment of an expanded Office of Multicultural Affairs, the creation of a college-wide Diversity Committee and strategic efforts to increase the diversity of both the student and faculty of the College.  With her support, the College received a major grant from the Balfour Foundation to increase programs and services to educate the community and support minority students.
 
Honorary Degree Recipient Bios

Raymond Lauring

Born in West Boylston, Massachusetts, Raymond Lauring grew up on Brigham Hill in Worcester in a family that understood the meaning of hard work.  The strong work ethic that infused his upbringing established a platform for Mr. Lauring to launch a successful career as a business owner, family man and quintessential community leader.  His father, Anthony Lauring, was his role model for work and family and eventually planted the seed for what would become one of the largest family-owned construction businesses in the Worcester area.

Mr. Lauring is the patriarch of the Lauring Family and Lauring Construction.  He graduated from Wentworth College in Boston in 1948 and founded his company in 1951.  Mr. Lauring and his wife Claire (deceased in 2011) raised five children.
 
The Lauring family has been actively involved with Anna Maria College providing construction services for many buildings and renovations, most recently the Information Commons/Library and the AMCAT Center.
 
Mr. Lauring has been an outstanding volunteer in the community, especially to Catholic organizations including Christ the King Church, Saint John’s High School, St. Vincent DePaul and Calvary Retreat Center.  Most recently, Mr. Lauring was the principle funder and visionary for Emmanuel Radio, the Catholic radio station in Worcester.
 
Edith M. LaVigne ’63 (posthumously)

Edith Mooney LaVigne ’63 left this life on August 15, 2013, leaving a legacy of good works and service to her ever-grateful family, friends and community.  A member of the Anna Maria College Board of Trustees from 2001-2007 and then from 2009 until her passing, Edith always remained true to her alma mater serving as a generous supporter and benefactor of AMC.
 
Mrs. LaVigne graduated from Anna Maria College in 1963, the youngest of the three Mooney sisters who all attended the College. After a brief teaching career, she devoted her life to raising her family and community service.  She was active in library leadership serving as a Trustee of the Richards Memorial Library in Paxton for fifteen years. She also served on the board of the Worcester Youth Guidance Center, as a corporator of the Worcester Historical Museum and as a leader with Girls, Inc.

In Florida, where she resided for part of the year, Mrs. LaVigne volunteered in the library of the Jupiter Elementary School and taught English as a second language to immigrant workers at El Sol, a resource center for day laborers.

 
Sr. Therese Noury, SSA ‘68

Sr. Therese Nouryhas been with the Sisters of Saint Anne since she left home in Central Falls, RI in the summer of 1958 to enter the novitiate of the Congregation.  Throughout her life, she has exemplified many of the personal, spiritual, service and leadership commitments that are dear to the heart of everyone at Anna Maria College.  A woman of deep personal faith, she has lived the past fifty-five years faithfully responding to the needs of the human family in a variety of ways.
 
Sr. Therese graduated from Anna Maria College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 and from Boston College with a Master’s degree in Math in 1975.  From 1961-1991, she was part of the educational scene in Massachusetts (Turner’s Falls, Holyoke and Worcester) as an elementary and high school teacher, and then as a Principal. For many years, while she was teaching at Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, she engaged in women’s prison ministry, visiting the inmates herself and bringing children to visit their incarcerated mothers.
 
From 1990 – 1991, Sr. Therese was an administrative assistant for leadership in St. Marie Province.  Then, from 1993-1999, as co-leader of the Province, she helped break ground for a whole new style of team leadership that continues to this day.
 
In December of 2000, after a sabbatical year at the Washington Theological Union and a few months with an Intensive Pastoral Spanish immersion session at the Mexican American Cultural Center, Sr. Therese went to Chile to begin thirteen years of outreach to new sisters and brothers. In July of 2013, she was elected to the Congregation Leadership Team in Lachine, Quebec.