Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley to speak at Commencement

Mar 15, 2012

Jim Cawley, lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania and a former Bucks County commissioner, will be the speaker May 19 at Delaware Valley College’s 113th commencement.

Commencement begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in a tent on the campus quad.

Cawley was appointed to a vacant commissioner’s seat in 2005 and was elected to the position in 2007.  He was installed as lieutenant governor in January 2011 after running successfully on the Republican ticket with Tom Corbett, now governor.

He earned both a bachelor’s in political science and a law degree from Temple University.

In 2009, Cawley formed and co-chaired Bucks County’s Economic Development Advisory Board to bring influential members of the local community together to strengthen business initiatives and create jobs.


Early in his career, he served as chief of staff to State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson.

As a commissioner, he worked to help expand Bucks County Community College, which opened campuses in Lower and Upper Bucks.

He has been actively involved in supporting higher education and is a former trustee of the community college. He serves on Temple University's Board of Trustees as the Governor's representative.

At commencement, Cawley will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree.

An honorary bachelor’s degree will be awarded to Janet Manion, the chair and founder of the Travis Manion Foundation. Manion, of Doylestown, started the foundation to honor her son, a U.S. Marine lieutenant killed in Iraq. She was nominated for the prestigious Citizens Service Before Self Award presented by the Medal of Honor Foundation.

The Travis Manion Foundation honors fallen heroes and veterans and assists their families. It also provides character building programs for young people and grants for projects that “keep the spirit of service and love of country alive.”

A second honorary degree will be awarded to Rita Marini.

Marini, the wife of Gerard Marini ’52, a college trustee, has been an active member of the college community for more than 50 years. She is an honorary and active member of the DelVal Alumni Association and has attended Board of Trustees meetings for the past 21 years. She provides valuable input that has helped guide the college.

Marini left Brooklyn College when she was a junior to get married and start a family. She has completed both credited and non-credited courses at The New School in New York City. Active in many community organizations and charitable groups, she has served as co-chair of The Osteoporosis Foundation of St. Barnabas for the past 10 years.