Doctor of Humane Letters Degree Conferred on Franciscan Sister Lorna Zemke

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June 14, 2021

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Lorna Zemke, Doctor of Musical Arts, was asked to present the May 1, 2021 Kellett Graduate Commencement Address at Lakeland University, Plymouth Wisconsin, . She presented important Qualities Of A Leader to students who received Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Counseling, and Master of Science in Leadership and Organization.

Lakeland University President Dr. Beth Borgen introduced Sister Lorna with these high praises: “Sister Lorna has received numerous honors for her service and leadership and has published many articles and books on a variety of topics in fields of music education. When the Lord closes a door somewhere he opens a window. We were deeply saddened by the closing of Holy Family College in 2020. But Lakeland was extremely blest to become the new home of Sister Lorna’s life works. We are committed to continuing her legacy and preserving the [Graduate Music] program she created with the support of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Our first graduate students will join the Lakeland family this summer building upon Sister Lorna’s world renown expertise and dedication to the Kodaly method of music education.”

The following is an excerpt from Sister Lorna’s Commencement speech regarding leadership: “So what are some of these traits, characteristics, principles, intangibles as listed in a significant number of leadership books by various authors, which are mentioned as being effective leadership qualities? Interestingly enough, they are the identical qualities we look for in fine human beings; the list in some of these books are actually fairly comprehensive, but a few traits that appeared almost universally by these selected authors are: Communication, Empathy, Integrity and Honesty, Positivity, Humility Resilience, and Gratitude.” To view her entire commencement speech go to:


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