U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Dot Richardson Speaks At Commencement Orthopedic surgeon and Olympic gold

May 03, 2004

Orthopedic surgeon and Olympic gold medalist Dr. Dot Richardson received an honorary degree and delivered the undergraduate commencement address to a record number of Saint Leo University undergraduates on Saturday, May 8th. Dr. Janet Denlinger, vice president of Matrix Biology Institute and member of the Saint Leo Board of Trustees, gave the commencement address for the graduate ceremony at 9 a.m.

Dr. Richardson, the fiery shortstop/second baseman and captain of the softball teams that brought home the gold at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, is a true pioneer for women. She hit the first home run in Olympic softball history and has been hitting home runs ever since, not only on the playing field, but also in her chosen professional career. In addition to winning two gold Olympic medals, Richardson played on four Pan American Games gold medal winning teams and one silver medalist team. She also helped the United States team win four world championships.

At the 9 a.m. graduate ceremony, 114 degree candidates received their master’s in business administration or master’s in educational leadership. At the 3 p.m. undergraduate ceremony, 369 degree candidates received their bachelor of arts, bachelor of social work, or bachelor of science degrees.

Of the 369 undergraduate degree candidates, 113 attended Saint Leo from various locations around the globe through the Center for Online Learning and chose to come to the University campus to accept their degrees.