Class of 2024 Commencement Weekend to Honor 1,660 Graduates

Class of 2024 Commencement Weekend to Honor 1,660 Graduates

Aerial view of Bellarmine Hall and back lawn during a Commencement ceremony.

Graduate and undergraduate ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, and will be livestreamed.

Fairfield University’s 74th Commencement ceremonies will honor members of the Class of 2024 from the University’s five schools — the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies, the School of Engineering & Computing, and the School of Education and Human Development.

Graduate exercises will be held at the Leo D. Mahoney Arena on Saturday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m., and will be livestreamed here. Undergraduate exercises are scheduled for Sunday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. on Bellarmine Lawn and will be livestreamed here. Degrees will be conferred upon approximately 1,660 students: 1,061 bachelor’s degrees; 529 master’s degrees; 55 doctorate degrees; and 15 sixth-year certificates.

Graduate student awards have been presented to Kate McGrady, who received the Graduate St. Ignatius Loyola Medal, and Stephen Hayes who received the Graduate Service Award. Nicholas Calabrese received the Undergraduate St. Ignatius Loyola Medal, and Lilly Lashar was honored with the William J. Kramer Class of 1960 Humanitarian Award.

Student Achievement Award recipients include: Charlotte Delmonico, for Commitment to Excellence in Healthcare; Habibul Huq, for Contribution to Building Community on Campus; Paul LoGrippo, for Creation of the Sports Analytics Club; and Caroline Sweeny, for Advancement of Best Buddies.

The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport will address Fairfield University’s undergraduate Class of 2024 and will be presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree by University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD. A Doctor of Laws honorary degree will also be bestowed upon Patrick J. Waide Jr. at the undergraduate ceremony. The 2024 Student Commencement Speaker is Steven Burns, a quantitative economics major.

The graduate ceremony speaker will be Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, who will be honored with a Doctor of Laws honorary degree. A Doctor of Laws honorary degree will also be bestowed upon Carolyn M. Vermont at the graduate ceremony.

For the first time in University history, international graduates from the Charles F. Dolan School of Business Shanghai MBA program will receive their diplomas in person at the graduate ceremony. The MBA program has been available to professionals in Shanghai since 2020, in partnership with Golden Education, one of the largest management training companies in China.

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