Quinnipiac University’s Class of 2016 will hear from an accomplished group of professionals, including a lawyer and civil rights advocate, a National Teacher of the Year nominee, an orthopedic surgeon, ABC News’ chief women’s health correspondent, prominent health and corporate executives and an Emmy Award-winning CNN correspondent, at this year’s graduate and undergraduate commencement exercises.
The university will hold eight commencement ceremonies for students who have completed their law and graduate degrees and undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of business and engineering, communications, health sciences, medicine and nursing. All the ceremonies will take place at the TD Bank Sports Center.
“This year’s commencement speakers are a distinguished group of professionals whose careers have provided them with an abundance of wisdom and life experience to share with our graduates,” said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs. “I am confident they will deliver addresses that will resonate with our graduates, their families and friends and the entire Quinnipiac University community.”
At 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, Jahana Hayes, Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Award, will address students who have completed their graduate degrees in business, communications and education. At1 p.m., Steve McPherson, president and CEO of Masonicare, will address students who have completed graduate degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of health sciences, medicine and nursing.
On Sunday, May 15 at 9 a.m., Mary Bonauto, an attorney who is the civil rights project director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, will address students graduating from the School of Law.
On Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m., Quinnipiac alumna Dr. Sharrona Williams, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, will deliver the commencement address to undergraduates who have completed their bachelor’s degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. At 1 p.m., Peter Fasolo, vice president of global human resources at Johnson & Johnson, will address the undergraduate business and engineering graduates. At 5 p.m., Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News’ chief women’s health correspondent, will speak to the health sciences students earning their bachelor’s degrees.
On Sunday, May 22 at 9 a.m., Tom Foreman, the Emmy Award-winning CNN correspondent, will deliver the commencement address to students in the School of Communications. Adrian Flannelly, chairman & CEO of Irish Radio Network USA, will receive an honorary degree. At 1 p.m., Amy Berman, senior program officer at the Hartford Foundation, will address undergraduate nursing graduates.