Graduate Commencement 2019

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he university conferred 1,057 graduate degrees to students from the College of Arts and Sciences, and schools of business, communications, education, health sciences and nursing during two ceremonies at the People's United Center on the York Hill Campus.

Schools of Business, Communications and Education Ceremony

Graduates urged to win the ‘War on Truth’

John F. Lansing, the chief executive officer and director of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, urged the Class of 2019 to be guardians of the truth in an age of fake news and social media.

Lansing addressed graduates of the School of Business, the School of Communications and the School of Education, at the graduate Commencement ceremony, held May 11 at 9 a.m. in the People’s United Center. He was also awarded an honorary degree during the ceremony.

“Sometimes, the truth must be managed carefully to avoid unnecessarily harming certain stakeholders. But it is the foundation our nation rests upon: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident,’” Lansing said, saying he was speaking for himself and not the U.S. Agency for Global Media or the U.S. government.

John F. Lansing speaks at a podium during Commencement

Addressing the Class of 2019

John F. Lansing, the chief executive officer and director of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, urged graduates to honor the truth.

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“The truth is the foundation for success in education. And it certainly is the foundation for success in communications,” Lansing said. “Nurture the truth. Protect the truth. Honor the truth.”

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Shota Nagasawa, who earned a Master of Business Administration, delivered the welcome address for the Class of 2019. In all, there were 595 graduate degree candidates from the three schools.

“We are about to set out to a less predictable and more precarious journey, but nothing will shake our confidence because we here today are more equipped with the wisdom and competencies to make better decisions and to navigate others,” Nagasawa said.

Lansing told graduates to use that wisdom as a filter for the truth.

“Most often, I believe, the ‘fake news’ complaint comes from those who just don’t like the news reporting, no matter how factually accurate that reporting is,” Lansing said. “Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by a fog of opinions — apply your critical thinking skills you have learned here at Quinnipiac University. Explore. Examine. Verify.”

Shota Nagasawa at the podium

Parting thoughts

Shota Nagasawa, MBA ’19, addressed his fellow graduates.

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In the School of Business, 348 students earned Master of Business Administration degrees and Master of Science degrees in accounting, business analytics and organizational leadership. In the School of Communications, 69 students earned Master of Science degrees in interactive media and communications, journalism, public relations and sports journalism.

In the School of Education, 178 students earned Master of Arts in Teaching degrees in elementary education and secondary education, master of science degrees in instructional design, special education and teacher leadership, and Sixth-Year Diplomas in educational leadership.

Lansing told the graduates that truth is fact-based and unwaveringly consistent.

“Truth is worth fighting for,” Lansing said. “It’s worth fighting for in the press, and it’s worth fighting for in all of our daily lives. It’s worth fighting for in your professional lives.”

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“Today reminds me of a holistic approach to care through health sciences, arts and sciences, and the science of nursing,” Eadie said. “Today reminds me of about 450 moving parts working as one in pursuit of excellence in health care delivery.”

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Inspiring notes

Kathryn Lee Abbott, MHS '19, sang the National Anthem.

President Judy Olian congratulated graduates for not only earning their degrees, but for having already made a positive impact in the world through their studies and volunteer work.

“You are so well prepared to help alleviate societal ills to address chronic disease and the needs of an aging population,” Olian told the graduates, “and … to seize the opportunities of rapidly advancing technologies and discovery that will radically improve the quality of life for so many.”

“This is such an exciting time,” Olian added, “and you are so well positioned to join this accelerating wave of innovation and socially impactful change.”

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Well wishes

Ashley Carmella Simon, MHS '19, delivered the welcome to her fellow graduates.

Ashley Carmella Simon, who earned a Master of Health Science in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Laboratory Sciences, delivered the welcome address for the Class of 2019. In all, there were 462 graduate degree candidates from the three schools.

“I’d like to share with you an important law of physics,” Simon told those in attendance. “The Law of Inertia states that ‘an object at rest will remain at rest and an object in motion will stay in motion unless acted on by an unbalanced force.’ In other words: potential without work is futile.”

“Graduates, each of us were admitted to Quinnipiac University because they believed in our potential to achieve academic excellence,” Simon said. “Somewhere between the first set of exams and the last, we realized… all the potential in the room would remain just that, had it not been for a transformation along the way used to propel ourselves forward.”

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