Approximately 275 students will receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on Sunday, May 19, during the University of Dallas’ annual commencement ceremony for the undergraduate Constantin College of Liberal Arts, undergraduate College of Business, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and School of Ministry.

Ernie Sadau, CEO of Catholic health ministry CHRISTUS Health, will address the graduates. The ceremony will take place outdoors on the university’s Braniff Mall beginning at 9 a.m. The rain location will be the Maher Athletic Center.

“I’m excited to bring one of the emerging leaders in healthcare to campus to share his expertise about the future of Catholic health services in the United States,” said President Thomas W. Keefe. “Mr. Sadau is on the leading edge of one of the most important issues of our time.”

Sadau, who has more than 25 years of experience in health care operations and finance, has served as president and CEO of CHRISTUS Health since March 2011. Before moving to his current position, Sadau was CHRISTUS Health’s senior vice president of patient and resident care operations and senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Since joining CHRISTUS Health, Sadau has led a successful effort to consolidate the organization’s non-acute entities, developed an algorithm process for continuous evaluation of operational and strategic success and implemented new regional structure and accountability to stabilize operations and improve financial performance.

In addition, Sadau has held various executive positions in the Adventist Health System,, including president and CEO of Adventist Health System/Midwest and its five hospitals, more than 60 physician practices, surgery and imaging centers and multiple home care agencies.

Sadau earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from Southwest Texas State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Texas.

In addition, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, in the Maher Athletic Center, the School of Ministry will present certificates and pins to those students who have completed the four-year advanced biblical studies program of the Catholic Biblical School. School of Ministry graduate students who have completed their degree programs will also receive pins in advance of commencement the following day. Msgr. Gregory Kelly, vicar for clergy of the Diocese of Dallas and University of Dallas trustee, will preside.

The University of Dallas, a private Catholic institution in Irving, Texas, is considered one of the most academically rigorous small universities in America. It regularly appears on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes, and is one of only 22 schools nationwide to receive an “A” rating in the “What Will They Learn?” report on institutions that best prepare students for life beyond college. One of the university’s flagship programs is its Rome Program, which operates from an international campus in the Roman countryside. For more information on any of the university’s professional, graduate or undergraduate programs, visit

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