KC Royals' Mike Sweeney to be 2019 Commencement Speaker | Benedictine College

KC Royals’ Mike Sweeney to be 2019 Commencement Speaker

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mike Sweeney

Benedictine College is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2019 Commencement ceremony will be five-time Major League Baseball All Star and former Kansas City Royals player Mike Sweeney. Commencement is set for May 11, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium on the college campus. It is a ticketed event for friends and families of the graduates. (Click here for more information on Benedictine College commencement 2019.)

Sweeney played his first 13 seasons in the majors with the Kansas City Royals, originally as a catcher and then moving to first base. He also played for the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies. He retired in 2011 after 16 years in Major League Baseball. Since then, he has worked in broadcasting and now serves as a special assistant to the Royals’ general manager. He was inducted into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame in 2015.

He is the founder of the Mike and Shara Sweeney Family Foundation, which supports Catholic and Pro-Life ministries. He also founded the San Diego Saints Baseball Club, a Catholic Travel Baseball Organization, and Catholic Baseball Camps, Inc., where he "uses the greatest game ever played to share the greatest story ever told.”

Sweeney is a highly acclaimed speaker who has taught, challenged and inspired audiences around the world. He, his wife and their five children are active parishioners at the Church of the Nativity in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.