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COMMENCEMENT 2015: Four distinguished national servant leaders from differing professions - Dr. Vartan Gregorian, Eric Holder, Mary Landrieu, and Earvin "Magic" Johnson - will share life-lessons with graduates at Xavier's May 2015 Commencement. This break from the traditional single speaker will be one highlight of the last Commencement over which retiring President Dr. Norman C. Francis will preside. Visit HERE for details.

TOURNAMENT BOUND: Team Xavier - composed of (L-R) Coach Darryl Keller, Alayna Joshalynn Robinson, Jordan David Bates, Delany Arzette Bradford, and Jacqueline Baidoo - has earned a spot in the 26th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament, to be held March 21-25 in Torrance CA.

TOP ALUMS: Alums Heather Brightharp '08 and Dr. Brandy Gallien '02, were chosen the Outstanding Young Alumnus and Alumnus of the Year, respectively, by Xavier to receive the UNCF National Alumni Council's UNCF-NAC Hall of Honor awards during the UNCF Legacy Gala in Charlotte NC. On hand for the occasion were: (L-R) XU National Alumni Association President Dr. James Paschal '57, Brightharp, Gallien, and XU Annual Fund manager Lacrecia Jones.

ROUSING SPEECH: Dr. John Jackson IV '94, President/CEO of Schott Foundation for Public Education, returned to his alma mater to deliver an impassioned speech to students, staff, and faculty at the University's annual Black History Month Convocation.

HBCU BUS TOUR: C-SPAN Community Relations Rep Doug Hemmig introduces senior biology major Jordan Reaves of Mickleton NJ (Kingsway High) to the vast resources available to the public via the national cable channel during its visit to the Xavier campus, the final stop on its national tour of the nation's top eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

FITTING TRIBUTE: Retiring XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, a stout supporter of the University's athletics programs, was immortalized during this past weekend's XU-Dillard Crosstown Classic with the unveiling of his own personal rafter, the latest addition to the sports achievements chronicled atop the Convocation Center. The Rush and Nuggets put an exclamation point on the evening by winning the doubleheaders.

GROUP EFFORT: The XU Senior Class of 2015, Project E.A.T. and the M.A.X. Red Cross Club joined with students from the University of Southern Mississippi this past weekend to assist in clean-up and rebuilding efforts in Columbia MS, a community that was heavily damaged by a tornado during the Christmas holidays.







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