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December Recognition 2014
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DECEMBER RECOGNITION CEREMONY 2014

Frederick AlvarezJournalism and theater double-major Frederick “Freddie” Alvarez of the Bronx addressed his fellow graduates, their families and friends, as the student speaker at St. Bonaventure University’s December Recognition Ceremony held Saturday, Dec. 13. {Read a copy of Alvarez's address to his classmates}

The ceremony recognized those who complete their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements at the of fall semester 2014.

Alvarez is a student in the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), which provides access to continuing education for promising students with special academic and financial needs. The program is funded through the New York State Department of Education and St. Bonaventure.

Alvarez, who explored a number of student media organizations while a student at SBU, including The Bona Venture, The Buzz and SBU-TV Sports, hopes to one day work in television production and the film industry. 

A resident assistant for three years, he worked with the theater program closely before becoming a theater major his sophomore year. He has also volunteered with the campus Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) and the Bona Buddies program and is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society. 

Delivering the faculty address at the ceremony was Dr. Richard Lee, assistant professor of Journalism & Mass Communication and director of the Integrated Marketing Communications Program.

University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., welcomed the graduates and their families. Dr. Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, served as master of ceremonies. 

Dr. Peggy Y. Burke, associate provost and dean of graduate studies, present the graduate students. Dr. Joseph Zimmer, dean of the School of Education, presented the undergraduate students.