Livonia Physicians to Address Madonna University’s 2017 Graduates

May 01, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Livonia husband and wife physicians will speak at Madonna University’s 70th Commencement ceremonies to be held Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Hall C, at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Mich. 

Stella Salgado Evangelista, M.D., will give the keynote address at the 10:30 a.m. graduation exercise for some 400 doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate nursing and health graduates. Jose Limjoco Evangelista, M.D., will speak at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony to approximately 700 undergraduate students in the school of business, colleges of arts and humanities, education, and natural and social sciences. 

“We are honored the Evangelistas will speak to our graduates this year, and we are pleased to bestow on them honorary doctorates,” said Madonna President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D. “Medical trailblazers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, these accomplished doctors have achieved and led in a variety of endeavors, and they are staunch supporters of Catholic higher education,” he continued. “The Madonna community is honored that they agreed to take part in this exciting day of celebrating student success.” 

The Distinguished Alumnus Award will be presented to Timothy W. Turner, who graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. 

About the Evangelistas:

The Evangelistas have worked to improve Filipino-American relations and to create jobs here in Livonia and southeast Michigan. In recognition of their exemplary contributions to ethnic diversity, they were inducted into the International Institute Hall of Fame in 1990, the first Filipinos and the first couple ever to be inducted. Both received the Asian American Hall of Fame Award in Medicine and Government Service, and were named one of twenty outstanding Filipino-Americans in the United States by the Fil-Am Image magazine of Washington D.C. They are the proud parents of six successful children, who have blessed them with four grandchildren. Their unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence across many aspects of life is held together by their faith and love of God. 

An honorary doctor of humane letters degree will be conferred upon servant of humanity, Stella Salgado Evangelista, who graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1963 from the Cebu Institute of Technology, and received a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Santo Tomas in 1968. From 1983 to 1993, she was Chief of Pediatrics at St. Mary Hospital in Livonia. She also served as president of the Association of Philippine Physicians in America from 1993 to 1994.  She was the first woman elected to the presidency, and the first Filipino and first Asian to be appointed to the Michigan State Board of Medicine; serving two terms from 1986 to 1993. Dr. Stella Evangelista served as executive director and later president of the University of Santo Tomas Medical Association Alumni Foundation. A former member of the Michigan State Board of Pharmacy, she became a member of the Congressional Asian American Pacific Caucus. 

Recipient of an honorary doctor of international relations degree, Jose Evangelista has spent the last 13 years serving as Honorary Consul General of the Philippines, our highest ranking Philippine official in the State of Michigan. He also is a former Chief of Staff at St. Mary Hospital in Livonia and a past president of the Association of Philippine Physicians in America. Since 1986 he has been the CEO of the J.S. Evangelista Development LLC, a construction and development company based in West Bloomfield, Mich. He also is president and CEO of the Royal Management Company.  From 1994 to 2000 he served on the Board of the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation of the United States Department of Education. 

About Timothy Turner:

Turner went on to graduate from the Detroit Police Academy to serve on the Wayne County S.W.A.T. Team. He also worked as an undercover narcotics officer with the Michigan State Police Narcotics Cocaine Task Force. 

Following his law enforcement career, Turner achieved an extraordinary 30-year career providing leadership, expertise and service in the insurance industry. Currently, he is Chairman and CEO of RT Specialty, the wholesale brokerage operation of Ryan Specialty Group (RSG), a global specialty insurance organization. 

Turner is a loyal and generous supporter of his Alma Mater. 

About Madonna:  Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for 80 years. In addition to the beautiful main campus, conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers academic programs in Gaylord, Macomb, Southwest Detroit, and online in China, and Haiti. Michigan’s most affordable, independent, Catholic, liberal arts university, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, education, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business.