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cover art for the class of 2020 yearbook

Class of 2020 Digital Yearbook

May 23, 2020

This yearbook commemorates the Class of 2020 and their favorite memories from the past four years.

A screen capture of the commencement website congratulating seniors on finishing their undergraduate careers.

Seniors Graduate Without In-Person Ceremony

May 13, 2020

A virtual ceremony is a placeholder for the indefinite commencement of the Class of 2020. Students share mixed reactions.

iHeartRadio Celebrity Twist on Commencement

iHeartRadio Celebrity Twist on Commencement

May 12, 2020

iHeartRadio’s newest podcast is bringing commencement speeches to the class of 2020 whose live speeches were taken away from them.

Keating Hall at Rose Hill during Commencement

McShane Delays Commencement Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

March 29, 2020

“It is my sad duty to inform you that we are postponing the 2020 University Commencement and diploma ceremonies because we cannot assume it will be safe to bring together the graduates, their families, and the campus community in May,” wrote University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., in an email to the Fordham community on March 27.

Fordham will suspend all in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.

Fordham Suspends Face-to-Face Classes Through Spring Semester

March 13, 2020

After originally suspending in-person instruction until March 30, the university had extended the suspension to the duration of the semester.

Next year's USG President and Vice President, Tina Thermadam (second from right), FCLC ’20, and Robert Stryczeck (right), GSB ’21, rang the bells at commencement.

Transformation: The Class of 2019 Departs Fordham

July 7, 2019

It was the first warm day after an odd May cold front. After a stretch of days begging for coats and sweaters, the notoriously fickle New York weather had decided that, for no particular reason, Fordham’s graduation was to be a ceremony marked with sweat, sunburns and sunshine that would thankfully be partially-blocked by one’s square cap.

Walcott carries a distinguished history of work within the New York educational system. (COURTESY OF BRUCE GILBERT)

Dennis Walcott Confirmed as 2018 Fordham Commencement Speaker

April 27, 2018

Fordham University’s 173rd Commencement will welcome Dennis Walcott, president and CEO of the Queens Library ...

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Smithsonian Head to Speak at 2016 Commencement

April 28, 2016

By CONNOR MANNION Editor Emeritus On April 28, Fordham University named David Skorton, M.D., the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., as the University Commence...

Fordham University's 170th commencement was held at the Rose Hill Campus. (PHOTO BY JASON BOIT/THE OBSERVER)

Class of 2015 Commencement

May 16, 2015

By STAFF On May 16, Fordham University's 170th commencement was held at the Rose Hill Campus to h...

 President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, and Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady of Ghana to Speak at Fordham Commencement

April 28, 2015

BY TYLER MARTINS Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Published: April 29, 2015 Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama, ...

VIDEO: Fordham University’s 169th Commencement

May 22, 2014

By IAN McKENNA Multimedia Co-Producer and Features Co-Editor Published: May 22, 2014 A collection of moments from Fordham University's May 17th commencement activities. Check out more of The Observer's graduation coverage.  ...

Richard Engel in Afghanistan, from a report on June 13, 2010 for

BREAKING: Richard Engel Announced as Commencement Speaker

April 8, 2013

By HARRY HUGGINS Editor-in-Chief Published: April 8, 2013 NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, will be the keynote speaker at this y...