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St. John Fisher College to Celebrate 60th Commencement


St. John Fisher College to Celebrate 60th Commencement

St. John Fisher College will graduate over 1,300 students at its 60th Commencement on Saturday, May 10, 2014.  There will be two ceremonies, one at 9:30 a.m. for nearly 900 undergraduates, and the second at 2:00 p.m. for over 400 master’s and doctoral students. Both ceremonies will take place at the Blue Cross Arena, One War Memorial Drive, in Rochester.

The keynote speaker at the morning ceremony will be Emmy Award-winning journalist Catherine Crier. The College will also bestow an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws upon Crier during the ceremony.

Crier joined Court TV in 1999, and served as the host of Catherine Crier Live, a fast-paced, live daily series, covering the day’s “front-page” stories. She also served as the station’s executive editor of legal news specials.

Before joining Court TV, Crier anchored The Crier Report for the Fox News Channel (FNC), a live, hour-long nightly program, during which she interviewed the leading newsmakers of the day. Crier joined FNC after spending three and a half years at ABC News, where she served as a correspondent and as a regular substitute anchor for Peter Jennings on ABC’s World News Tonight, as well as a substitute host for Ted Koppel’s Nightline. She also worked as a correspondent on 20/20, the network’s primetime news magazine program. Crier was awarded a 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her work on the segment, “The Predators,” which examined nursing home abuse throughout the United States.

Crier began her television career at CNN. She was co-anchor of both Inside Politics and The World Today, the premier nighttime newscast. Additionally, she hosted Crier & Company, a live, half-hour news talk show, that included a panel of female policy experts discussing popular national and international issues.

Prior to her accomplished career in television journalism, Crier presided over the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, Texas, as a State District Judge. When she took the bench in 1984, she became the youngest elected state judge in Texas history. From 1982 to 1984, Crier was a civil litigation attorney in Dallas. From 1978 to 1981, she was an Assistant District Attorney and Felony Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.

A Texas-bred independent with a spirited passion for justice, Crier released her first book, the New York Times best-seller, “The Case Against Lawyers,” in October 2002. In this eye-opening and plain-spoken treatise on the law, Crier shares her outrage at the state of the justice system and calls on American citizens to demand reform. Her second book, “A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation,” was released in March 2005 and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her third book, “Contempt—How the Right is Wronging American Justice,” was published in September 2006, and “Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case,” was released in March 2007.  In 2011, she released “Patriot Acts: What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic.” 

Crier is involved with many organizations and serves on several boards, including Soldiers For The Truth, dedicated to objective military reporting and assistance to America’s troops; PAX, an organization working to reduce gun violence in America that targets the nation’s children; the New York Law School Committee on Media and Law; and Developments in Literacy, an organization working to expand education for girls in the nation of Pakistan.

A native of Dallas, Crier earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Texas. She received a Juris Doctor in two and a half years from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Today, she is a partner with Cajole Productions, developing television, film, and documentary projects.

The keynote speaker for the afternoon ceremony will be Dr. David Pate, Dean of the College’s School of Arts and Sciences.

At the morning ceremony, Dr. Donald Bain, President, will present the President’s Medal for Service to the Rochester Community to Susan R. Holliday, President and Publisher, Rochester Business Journal; and the President’s Medal for Service to St. John Fisher College and the Rochester Community to Frank B. Iacovangelo, Esq. ’62, Founder and Senior Partner of Gallo and Iacovangelo, LLC. During the afternoon ceremony, he will present Senator Joseph E. Robach and Rev. Leo A. Hetzler, CSB, with the President’s Medal for Service to St. John Fisher College and the Rochester Community.

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