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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.

PRACTICALLY PERFECT: These three freshman chemistry/pre-pharmacy majors - (L-R) Endya Young of New Orleans, and Kristen Jones and Destiny Boutain of Napoleonville LA - were among the first-year students inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, the national academic honor society for college freshmen, during a special ceremony held during XU Family Weekend.

TAKING SHAPE: A topside view of the on-going campus construction site - corner of Drexel Drive and Jeff Davis Parkway - shows the building starting to resemble the new, two-story, 22,500-square-foot Student Recreation Center it is destined to become. Estimated completion date for the new facility is fall 2015.

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.

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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