69th Commencement Weekend

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bellarmine Lawn
Undergraduate Ceremony - 9:30 a.m.
Graduate Ceremony - 3:00 p.m.


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Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

2019 Commencement Speakers

Undergraduate Commencement Speaker — Chris Lowney

Chris LowneyChris Lowney is the co-founder of Jesuit Commons, which pioneered an online university program for refugees. He is also one of the co-founders of the Contemplative Leaders in Action program, which works with young adults to encourage the formation of emerging leaders. Additionally, Lowney founded Pilgrimage for Our Children’s Future, to support education and healthcare projects in developing countries. He currently serves as vice-chair of the board of CommonSpirit Health. Lowney’s 18-year career with the finance firm J.P. Morgan took him to all corners of the world and helped inspire him to write several best-selling books, including Heroic Leadership which has been translated into 11 languages. Other works include Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, the first book to explore the Pope's leadership approach; and Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World). Lowney graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University, where he also earned his master’s degree in philosophy. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Fairfield’s undergraduate ceremony.

America Magazine | Forbes | FOX News | @chrislowney

Graduate Commencement Speaker — Billy Shore

Billy ShoreBilly Shore, along with his sister Debbie, founded Share Our Strength, which is committed to ending childhood hunger in the United States. The organization’s "No Kid Hungry" campaign has provided more than one billion meals to children since it began in 2010. Additionally, Shore hosts a weekly podcast, "Add Passion and Stir," which brings together well-known chefs and change-makers to talk about the central role food plays in social justice. From 2014 to 2015, he served as a Congressional appointee to the National Commission on Hunger. Shore was named one of "America’s Best Leaders" by U.S. News and World Report, he is a winner of the prestigious Jefferson Award for Greater Public Service, and he has authored four books on social change. Shore graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his law degree at George Washington University. Shore will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Fairfield's graduate ceremony.

No Kid Hungry | Huffington Post | The Chronicle of Philanthropy | @billshore

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