St. Catharine College commencement speaker announced
St. Catharine College President William D. Huston recently announced the 2015 commencement speaker
“I am pleased to announce that the 2015 commencement speaker for St. Catharine College is Mrs. Madeline Abramson, who serves as the chair of the Kentucky Commission on Women, chair of the Red Cross Regional Volunteer Services Advisory Committee, as well as the board chair of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts,” Huston said. “She will be inspirational and send a message to our graduates that they will build upon as they begin their professional careers.”
Abramson has also twice served as chair of the board at Maryhurst, a Louisville-based organization that offers residential and treatment programs for young women who have experienced abuse and neglect. She continues to serve on Maryhurst’s board and executive committee. Her efforts also include serving on the boards of the state Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and Jewish Hospital/St. Mary’s Foundation. She is a former chair of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Kentuckiana Chapter, and continues to serve on its board and executive committee.
In recognition of her work, Madeline has received a series of awards including: the 2014 Sam Swope Community Leader of the Year presented by Kosair Charities; the Maryhurst Shepherd’s Heart Award for Volunteer Service; the Hannah G. Solomon Award for community service from the National Council of Jewish Women, Louisville Section; the Women 4 Women Heart of the Community Award; an honorary doctorate in public service from Spalding University; and the Family Scholar House Lucy Award for her commitment to post-secondary education and equality for women.
A native of Louisville, Madeline’s public service endeavors have taken her to communities across the Commonwealth. Her efforts with the American Red Cross, Governor’s School for the Arts and Maryhurst have allowed her to connect with men and women who share a commitment to enriching the lives of their communities and fellow Kentuckians. Madeline remains committed to supporting the causes close to her heart and looks forward to meeting and working closely with Kentuckians to make the Commonwealth a better place for both our families and our future.
Mrs. Abramson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bellarmine University and an associate degree from the University of Louisville. She and her husband, Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, have a son, Sidney.
Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.