Why is the president of America's first Catholic University giving the Commencement address at Rivier College next month? As Rivier anticipates their July 1st status change to Rivier University, Dr. John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, will be this year's commencement speaker. “It’s an opportunity for the oldest Catholic university to welcome the newest Catholic university,” said Sister Paula Buley, president of Rivier College. “We’re really delighted. He’s the right person for the right time in the college’s history.” Burke Advertising congratulates our client Rivier College for the anticipated status change, and for having Dr. DeGioia as its commencement speaker.