College seniors will soon sport their caps and gowns and receive the diplomas they’ve worked hard to achieve.
But before they enter the working world, graduates will gather one last time at commencement ceremonies to hear speakers offer words of advice and wisdom.
Here’s who is speaking at ceremonies in the region:
At Saturday’s graduation ceremony, Academy Award nominated actress and Emmy nominated choreographer Rosie Perez will be the featured speaker. She will talk about the importance of being adaptable and taking risks in order to achieve success and fulfillment.
The 41st annual commencement will begin at 1 p.m. in the Sports Center.
On the big and small screen, Perez has starred in both comedic and dramatic roles.
She served as choreographer for the show “In Living Color” and made her directorial debut creating a documentary that celebrates Puerto Rican pride.
In addition, she has starred on Broadway and served as a producer on a variety of film projects. Throughout her career, Perez has been a vocal activist for a number of causes especially those related to AIDS and inner-city youth.
This year, 500 students will earn degrees.
Paul Sansone, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Better World Books, a global social enterprise and e-commerce company, will speak at the graduate program ceremony at 10 a.m. May 5 at Stokes Athletic Center.
Sansone graduated from
St. Francis’ honor program in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting and received a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Prior to working at Better World Books, Sansone was vice president of finance for Cisco System’s Video Technology Group, a $3 billion end-to-end supplier of broadband networks.
Sister Clarie LeBoeuf, founder of New Life Village, an intergenerational community in Florida where children in foster care find permanent homes, will speak and receive an honorary degree at the undergraduate ceremony at 2 p.m. at the athletic center.
Sister LeBoeuf has been working in foster care service and adoption for more than 33 years.
About 750 students will earn degrees at the 162nd commencement.