Commencement 1 - 64

We’re crossing our fingers for a sunny and clear day on May 17, when 500 graduates —including the 25,000th graduate—will march down the Donahue steps onto the quad, marking Stonehill’s 64th Commencement. In its 64 years, this special occasion has grown and evolved. It has moved from a gym to a tent to a canopy. It has survived a legendary hailstorm and a political protest. It has even seen a helicopter land on campus not once, but twice. Let’s take a look at graduation through the years.

Who Said What?

(1998) “Just on a personal note to begin with; in reading and listening to the epistles from St. Paul in recent years, I was curious, as I have been so often, in hearing St. Paul’s epistles. My unanswered question remains. Did the Corinthians ever write back…?” 
—excerpt from political commentator Mark Shields’ Commencement address.

Who Said What?

(2014) “Suffice it to say, I have lived long enough and experienced enough in those years to begin my remarks this morning with a somewhat obvious point: Commencement speakers are, by and large, full of crap.”
—excerpt from Boston Globe CEO Michael Sheehan’s Commencement address.

Who Said What?

(1978) “Commencement is the culmination of Stonehill’s eight semester course in human understanding. Though many of us have tossed caustic stones at the school, it is difficult to refute the positive influence Stonehill has had on us.”
—editorial from the 1978 ACRES yearbook.