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Xavier’s Class of 2015 will have a memorable commencement ceremony on May 9 for several reasons. They are the final class to be greeted on the dais by Xavier President Norman C. Francis, who will hand them their degrees. The ceremony is also marking his retirement after 47 years as president. There will be four high-profile speakers instead of the customary single speaker and other special appearances.

The graduates from the College of Pharmacy, graduate school programs and College of Arts and Sciences will enter the Xavier University Convocation Center promptly at 10 a.m. on May 9. Due to limited seating in the Convocation Center, graduation candidates will be given six admission tickets for family and friends.

The university will provide live streaming of the graduation ceremony, as well as the Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Convocation on Friday, May 8, at 3 p.m., according to Xavier’s media relations office. Full information about all of the activities, including how to access live streaming, is available on the university’s home page, www.xula.edu, by clicking on “Commencement 2015.”

The Commencement speakers are former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu; U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, representing U.S. President Barack Obama; philanthropist and former pro-basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson; and Carnegie Corporation president Dr. Vartan Gregorian, who will also receive an honorary degree. According to a university statement, the speakers are “leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to humanity” with “individual accomplishments and steadfast commitments, especially in the area of civil rights and social justice.

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(L-R) Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu; U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, representing U.S. President Barack Obama; philanthropist and former pro-basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson; and Carnegie Corporation president Dr. Vartan Gregorian to will speak at Commencement May 9, 2015.

 

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