King’s Announces 2015 Commencement Speaker
Graduation is the culmination of four or more years of hard work and something all students and their loved ones look forward to. This year’s speaker, King’s College alumna Katie McCarthy Lambert, has been both King’s graduate and the loved one of a King’s graduate. In fact, her son, Tim Lambert, is among those in the Class of 2015.
Lambert is a member of the Class of 1983 and holds degrees in accounting and business administration, and she is a successful member of the Wilkes-Barre business community.
She is currently the chief financial officer of McCarthy Tire Service Company, Inc. She is the chair of the Wyoming Valley Health Care Systems/CHS and a board member of Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, Association for the Blind, Beatrice Eck Foundation, Osterhout Library, and King’s. She is also active in the Catholic Church, serving as a member of the Finance Committee of the Diocese of Scranton.
At the commencement ceremony, she will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree from King’s.
The commencement speaker sends the graduates off into the next stage of their lives with a few words of wisdom. It’s important to choose a speaker that embodies the values of King’s College which aim to teach students how to live, not just make a living. Fr. Jack Ryan, C.S.C, president of King’s College, said Lambert’s life exemplifies those values.
“We try to look for a role model, someone you’d like to have people emulate,” Ryan said. “I go to a lot of luncheons and dinners in the community, and Katie’s at all those dinners, she’s just so engaged in this local community.”
At graduation, the success of the graduates is shared with their loved ones who have helped them get to this significant milestone in their lives. Lambert has not only achieved success as a business leader but also as a dedicated wife, mother and daughter. King’s and family are synonymous for Lambert, with all of her children, father, brother, daughter-in-law, and brother-in-law having graduated from King’s.
“I’d like her to speak for all moms and dads,” Ryan said. “Nobody has more skin in the game than parents and loved ones. When you’re in that arena, all the people that love you are surrounding you, and you are their hope. They’ve known you since you were young, when you’re vulnerable, through the good times and the bad. I don’t know if we’d had anybody give that voice to the group. She is a wonderful speaker and she speaks from the heart,” Ryan said.
King’s is delighted that Lambert has agreed to address the class of 2015, and she is sure to have many words of wisdom for the Class of 2015.