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Quinnipiac University announces its undergraduate and graduate commencement speakers

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Hamden, CT - Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media; John Feal, founder of the FealGood Foundation; and Andrew Jenks, an award-winning filmmaker, will address students and receive honorary degrees at the 83rd Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies at Quinnipiac University on Sunday, May 18.

Guy Adami, managing director of, and Linda Schwartz, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs, will receive honorary degrees and address graduate students at two Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10.
Forbes writes editorials for each issue of his company’s flagship publication, “Forbes,” the nation’s leading business magazine with a circulation of more than 900,000. He is also the author of several books that examine and explain economic forces. Under his leadership, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses, including “ForbesLife,” a luxury lifestyle and culture magazine; “Forbes Asia”; and Forbes licensee editions published in Africa, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Middle East, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine. The company also publishes several investment newsletters. It also manages, averaging 18 million unique monthly visitors, as well as;;; and
Feal received the New York State Congressional Medal of Honor for Civilians and Beyond for his continuous advocacy and for donating a kidney to a stranger. Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he was called to Lower Manhattan to assist in the cleanup and recovery mission. While supervising his team, his foot was crushed by falling steel and later amputated. He used his experiences to found the FealGood Foundation and lobby the U.S. Congress and the New York State legislature to pass bills protecting those who helped with the post-9/11 recovery efforts.
Jenks, who is often dubbed "the voice of his generation," has lived in New York City, Katmandu, Nepal, Brussels, Belgium and Chiba, Japan. At just 16, he founded the Hendrick Hudson Film Festival. By its second year, the festival hosted keynote speaker James Earl Jones and has become one of the biggest high school film festivals in America. At 19, he moved into an assisted-living facility in order to capture an overlooked community. "Andrew Jenks, Room 335," starring Jenks and a group of elderly facility residents, has become an international sensation that earned the top prizes at several film festivals around the world. He has since documented American and Japanese baseball manager Bobby Valentine, the homeless and the physically abused.

Forbes will address the School of Business and School of Communications at 9:30 a.m.; Feal will address the School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing at 2 p.m.; and Jenks will address the College of Arts and Sciences at 6 p.m. All ceremonies will be on the academic quadrangle on the Mount Carmel Campus, weather-permitting.

Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland in New York, and his wife, Hanora, will receive honorary degrees at the College of Arts and Sciences Commencement ceremony.

Adami, a professional investor and noted media analyst, previously served as executive director at CIBC World Markets in the U.S. Equities Division. In that role, he was a frequent contributor to many daytime shows on CNBC and a frequent guest-host of “Squawk Box.” He is currently one of the “Fast Money Five” on CNBC’s “Fast Money.” He will receive an honorary degree and address the graduates at the 10 a.m. ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communications and School of Education.

Schwartz has devoted her nursing practice to healing the wounds of war and improving the lives of America’s 24 million veterans. She has advocated for them on numerous occasions in testimony to both Houses of Congress, the National Academy of Science, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of State. She will receive an honorary degree and address the graduates at the 3 p.m. ceremony for the School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing.

On Sunday, May 11, Quinnipiac will hold a separate Commencement ceremony in the TD Bank Sports Center for its School of Law students. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal will receive an honorary degree and address the graduates at 10 a.m. Blumenthal previously served an unprecedented five terms as Connecticut’s attorney general where he was a key player in the national fight against Big Tobacco. Among his achievements is his involvement in bringing an end to deceptive marketing aimed at children, a victory that significantly lowered youth smoking rates and compelled a multi-billion dollar settlement for Connecticut taxpayers.

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