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University Activities - 61st Commencement - Sunday, May 22, 2011

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Commencement Video Highlights

Judge Barry delivers the Undergraduate Keynote

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Valedictorian Steve Bottari

Graduate Commencement

Valedictorian Jessica Viner

Text of Commencement Speeches

Undergraduate Valedictory Address: Stephen Bottari
Undergraduate Keynote Speaker: Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry
Graduate Commencement Speaker: Jessica Viner '11
Graduate Keynote Speaker: Navy Rear Admiral Brian Monahan

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Press Releases
Distinguished Judge and Navy Admiral named 2011 commencement speakers at Fairfield University
Fairfield University's honorary degree recipients to be recognized at 61st commencement ceremony
Fairfield University awards 858 diplomas at 61st annual commencement for undergraduates
405 graduate students receive master's degrees during cap-and-gown ceremony at Fairfield University

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December 2010

Dear Fairfield University degree candidates:

On Sunday, May 22, 2011, Fairfield University will hold its Commencement exercises. The ceremony for undergraduates will be at 9:30 a.m. and the graduate ceremony at 3 p.m. - both ceremonies will be held on Bellarmine Lawn. For the University, this marks a milestone in that it will be the institution's 61st commencement. More importantly, for all of you, this is a moment to acknowledge years of hard work and sacrifice along with what has, hopefully, been a time of transformation.

This Commencement is an important ending and an exciting new beginning. Speaking on behalf of our Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, I hope that your educational experience at Fairfield has led you to know yourself better and that you have developed a passion for lifelong learning. For it is only through that passion that you will continue to learn, question and analyze - all hallmarks of an individual who is especially equipped to contribute to the social and economic well-being of their communities and the world.

In addition to our Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 22, I invite you to join our community for the Baccalaureate Mass that will be held in Alumni Hall at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Prior to Commencement weekend, look forward to a number of celebratory activities during Senior Week for our undergraduate students as well as special school-based events for both undergraduates and graduates that will offer opportunities to further engage with faculty and classmates prior to the next phase of your Fairfield experience when you become alumni of this special and distinctive institution.

As we move towards the middle of this academic year, I, as President, want to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your successful accomplishments. All of us at Fairfield University look forward to celebrating with you this wonderful occasion.

Jeffrey Von Arx, S.J.



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