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Sister Lavonne Receives Honorary Degree from Marian University

Sister Lavonne Long, OSF '48, a beloved member of the Scecina community, was recently recognized at the 2011 Marian University graduation. She was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.  The write up on Sister Lavonne can be seen below:

Sister Lavonne Long, a native of Rushville, Indiana, has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, for more than 60 years, spending her entire professional career in the field of education. Sister Lavonne graduated from Marian University (then Marian College) in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in education and went on to John Carroll University to earn her master's degree in English. She later added guidance and administrative certifications from Butler University. 

Sister Lavonne began her teaching career at Holy Name School in Beech Grove, Indiana in 1945. Then, after more than a decade of teaching at schools in Ohio, she began teaching English at Scecina Memorial High School on Indianapolis' east side in 1956. Scecina quickly became Sister Lavonne's passion, but in 1964 was appointed principal of the former St. Mary's Academy in Indianapolis. She returned to Scecina in 1973 and was the director of guidance until 1995. She then served as an administrative assistant until 2010 when she retired to the Motherhouse of Oldenburg. 

Sister Lavonne also served on the Marian University Board of Trustees from 1995-2001.

Marian University is honored to recognize this woman who has made extraordinary contributions in educational ministry with the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.