School of Business and School of Communications

9 a.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015
University Quadrangle, Mount Carmel Campus

CommencementThe 2015 School of Business and School of Communications Undergraduate Commencement will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 17, on the University Quadrangle.

In the event of rain, ceremonies will be held in the TD Bank Sports Center on the York Hill Campus. Please see "In Case of Inclement Weather" section for further details.

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CommencementPost Ceremony:
Following the ceremony, light snacks and beverages will be served at a reception in a tent adjacent to Tator Hall. In the event of rain, the reception will be held in the Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Consistent with University policy, no alcohol may be brought to or consumed on campus during the ceremony. In order to maintain the dignity of the proceedings, and in recognition of the importance of the day in the lives of our graduates and their families, we ask for your assistance with respect to our alcoholic beverage policy. Thank you for your cooperation.

Parents Reception:
Parents and their graduates are invited to attend a reception on Saturday, May 16, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. on the Quadrangle of the Mount Carmel Campus. The rain site is the Recreation Center and Burt Kahn Court.

There are no tickets or advance reservations required for this event.

Religious Services
Further information on religious services taking place on-campus will be posted.

Adam Bryant

The speaker for the undergraduate School of Business and School of Communications Commencement ceremony was:

Adam Bryant
Adam Bryant is a best-selling author and New York Times columnist. He is best known for his insightful interviews with chief executives for Corner Office, a feature about leadership and management in The New York Times and on

Skipping the usual CEO questions about growth and strategy, Mr. Bryant asks about the lessons they've learned-on the job and in life-that have contributed to their success. Since 2009, he's interviewed more than 300 leaders, from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella to Anne Williams-Isom, CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone.

He parlayed these conversations into his 2011 book, "The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed," which became a New York Times best seller. In 2014, he wrote, "Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation."

Bryant has had many roles at The Times, including business reporter, deputy business editor, deputy national editor and senior editor for features. He also worked at Newsweek magazine. He was the lead editor of a series on the dangers of distracted driving that won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. He also teaches a course, The Practice of Leadership, at Columbia University.

Quinnipiac University awarded an honorary degree to:

Norman Gavinnorman gavin
Norman Gavin is sometimes called the Thomas Edison of the precast concrete industry. He is the former president of United Concrete Products, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut. Gavin is one of the most influential and successful leaders in the industry.

The holder of 48 patents, Gavin developed such inventions as the universal plastic rebar spacer and plastic seals for watertight sanitation tanks, both of which have made a major impact on the efficiencies of producers around the world. With the help of his sons, Peter and Jonathan Gavin, both engineers, Mr. Gavin's $100,000 investment was transformed into an innovative company respected as a leader in the precast industry. Always proclaiming that his employees worked with him, not for him, Gavin brought an enormous work ethic, energy and entrepreneurial spirit to his enterprises.

Founded in 1954, United Concrete offers a diversified line of municipal and state- approved products and serves both commercial and residential customers. The company's in-house steel fabrication shop, Beauchemin Steel, enables it to take a new product from concept to production and significantly reduce development time. United also manufactures transportable buildings, retaining wall systems and above-ground fuel storage tanks.

A United States Air Force veteran, Gavin proudly hosts an annual event in Florida to raise funds for the Navy Seal Museum, the Navy Seals and their families. An alumnus of Quinnipiac University, Gavin and his wife, Bobbi, reside in Branford, Connecticut and Jupiter, Florida.

CommencementOn Sunday, May 17, all School of Business and School of Communications candidates for undergraduate degrees should report to the following locations dressed in caps and gowns by 8 a.m. (otherwise participation in the ceremony is not guaranteed).

  • School of Business: Clarice L. Buckman Center
  • School of Communications: Center for Communications and Engineering

Students will line up alphabetically in accordance with the numbered card they receive when they check in.

CommencementGraduates will stand and remain quiet as the faculty, staff and platform participants march to their seats. During the invocation, all should stand. After the invocation, all are seated, following the example of those on the platform. Except for the time when graduates receive their degree, they are expected to remain seated during the ceremony.

Each group of graduates will be called in order; the marshal will direct the groups to the platform area at the correct time. Each graduate will have received a card with his or her name on it. As graduates approach the platform, they will present this card to the dean, who will then read the student's name. After receiving the diploma cover and shaking the President's hand, graduates will cross the stage and return to their seat. Once the entire group has returned to their seats, the president will announce the conferral of degrees ("By the power vested in me by the Board of Trustees, I hereby confer upon you the degree of..."). After he has finished speaking, students will move the tassel to the left of side of the cap.

When the ceremonies are over, the audience will rise for the benediction. Men should remove their caps and replace them when the benediction is finished. All graduates will remain standing while the Commencement participants exit. The platform party will leave first, followed by the faculty and staff, followed by the graduates. Students may keep the academic robe, cap, hood, and tassel. They are not to be returned to the bookstore.

Please keep in mind, several area universities are holding their commencement ceremonies on the same weekend as Quinnipiac. For this reason, please allow additional travel time when planning your arrival for Commencement.

Please make sure to arrive as early as possible (at least 60 minutes before the Commencement processional begins). Roughly 4,000 people attend each ceremony, so attendees should anticipate traffic delays.

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Parking for Commencement will be available at the University. Public Safety personnel will be on hand to direct guests to the appropriate parking areas.

If you or a member of your family has a disability that requires special parking accommodations, please call Pat Polvani after April 13, 2015, at 203-582-8479. She will be happy to assist you.

Indoor Rain Tickets:
For tickets for those with disabilities, please contact the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3757 after Feb. 9, 2015.

Commencement Commencement is a time filled with excitement and achievement. We extend a special invitation to you to join us on the Web for this year's celebration, which unites students, parents, faculty and administration.

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Commencement Programs:
Commencement programs listing graduates' names will be distributed at the ceremony.

Photography - Information for Parents and Families:
To help you take pictures of your graduate receiving his or her degree, a special runway near the stage has been constructed. A color-coded, numbered card, corresponding to your son's or daughter's place in line will be sent to the student's home address in April. The card gives one family member access to the photographic station at the time that the student receives his or her degree. Please note, in order to give everyone access, you must leave the photo ramp immediately after your son or daughter has crossed the stage.

For those taking long-range photos with telephoto lenses or video cameras, another platform at the rear of the audience section will be available to provide an unobstructed view.

Finally, a professional photographer from Grad Images will also take pictures of each student as the diploma is presented; copies will be available for purchase. Graduates can pre-register their e-mail or friends and family e-mail addresses and will be contacted as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. Preregister at Grad Images.

Graduates are requested to remain seated for the entire ceremony, except for when they receive their degrees.

Flowers will be available for purchase for the convenience of family and friends.

Commencement Tickets:

Outdoor: The outdoor ceremony will have open seating and no tickets will be required.

Indoor Inclement Weather (in the event of rain only): In the event of rain, tickets are required for the indoor ceremonies. Please note, your guests only need tickets for admission if the Commencement ceremonies are forced indoors.

Graduating students who have not picked up their inclement weather tickets may do so on Saturday, May 16 at the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or at the Parents Reception from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Each graduate is permitted eight tickets: four ceremony tickets and four simulcast tickets. The ceremony will take place in the basketball arena and will be simulcast in the hockey arena adjacent to the ceremony site. Both the ceremony and simulcast arenas are in the same building and connected by a common lobby.

Graduating students are not required to have a ticket. Please note that there will be no additional tickets available. If there is a need for more tickets, students should ask fellow classmates who may not be using all of their tickets. In person pick-up dates will also be available. All eligible students will receive further ticket information via email to their Quinnipiac email address in February.

Announcement Cards:
Personalized announcement cards can be ordered through Jostens.

CommencementCaps and Gowns:
Pre-registration for caps and gowns has ended. If you did not pre-register for your cap and gown, you can still obtain one by attending the Commencement Fair. Please see the Commencement Fair tab for dates, times and locations. If you did pre-register for your cap and gown, you'll be able to pick it up during the Commencement Fair.

If you are unable to pick-up your cap and gown in person, someone may do it for you. If you would like your cap and gown shipped to you, please call the Bookstore after April 16 at 203-582-8431 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Someone will return your call for full shipping information. Please note, the cap and gown are free of charge but there is a $10 shipping fee.

Please call 203-582-8431 with any cap and gown questions.

Students may keep the academic robe, cap, hood and tassel. They are not to be returned to the bookstore.

Cords representing University recognized academic honors societies and the University Honors Program are permitted. Gold cords representing the academic honors of summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude will be issued during line-up on the day of Commencement.

Students may keep the academic robe, cap, hood, and tassel. They are not to be returned to the bookstore.

CommencementIn event of inclement weather, students should report for line up at the TD Bank Sports Center hockey arena floor (York Hill Campus) by 8 a.m.

The decision to move Commencement exercises indoors will be made as early as possible. If you have any doubt about the location of the ceremony, please call 203-582-8989 after 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event. You also may tune your radio to WQUN-AM 1220 or visit Please plan to arrive early to avoid traffic tie-ups.

For rain ceremony ticket information, please see the "Tickets" section.