Once a year, all of the colleges and schools of Fordham University come together to celebrate all of the various degrees that its students have worked hard for years to earn. Now when I say all of the schools, I mean all of them: Fordham College at Rose Hill and at Lincoln Center, the Gabelli School of Business, and all of the different graduate and professional schools, as well. They all meet on one great, green lawn, as a family, surrounded by their own families and friends.
This year I had the honor to be able to help out during Commencement to ensure that everything ran smoothly for the graduates. This was my first time witnessing a Fordham Commencement, and I cannot express how impressed I was with the time and effort that the faculty put in to this day to show our Class of 2015 that we are so proud of all they have accomplished while part of our Fordham family.
The morning began with rain, only an hour and a half before Commencement was to begin. However, the Fordham staff kicked into high gear, getting everything ready for the families and graduates. At 10:30 am, commencement began with the parading in of about 4,000 graduates. Introductions were made, as well as speeches from New York Senator Charles Schumer and the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama, an advocate for women’s empowerment and for the poor. She and nine other prominent men and women, including William Loschert of Loschert Hall, received honorary degrees.
While all of this was exciting, the highlight of the day, by far, was getting a chance to watch our Fordham University Class of 2015 graduates walk across the Keating Hall Terrace and have their hard work of the past four years recognized. Congratulations to Manresa’s very own 2014-2015 RAs, Delia Grizzard, FCRH ’15 and Stanley Stillwell, GSB ’15, and our 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 tutor, Ryan Gilligan, FCRH ’15. We are so proud of you, and good luck wherever life takes you next!
Nicole Benevento, FCRH 2017
Manresa Student Intern, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016