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College of Mount Saint Vincent to Hold 106th Commencement Ceremony


Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent will hold its 106th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. on the River Lawn of the College’s Riverdale campus. Nearly 500 students will receive their undergraduate and graduate degrees during a weekend of celebration.

The weekend will begin on Friday, May 18, with the Senior Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium/Grace Center. This ceremony recognizes the achievements of Mount Saint Vincent’s undergraduates and celebrates their hooding as college graduates.

Howard Fillit, M.D., Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Aging, an Estée Lauder family foundation, will receive an honorary doctorate of science and deliver the Commencement address to the Class of 2018. Dr. Fillit has been a clinical professor of geriatric medicine and palliative care, medicine, and neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1987. He has held faculty positions at The Rockefeller University, the Stony Brook School of Medicine, and the Cornell University School of Medicine. He maintains a limited private practice in consultative geriatric medicine with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Dr. Fillit has authored and co-authored more than 300 publications and is the senior editor of Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Rita Hayworth Award from the Alzheimer’s Association. He is a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society of America and the New York Academy of Medicine.

During the Commencement Ceremony, Mount Saint Vincent will award the Elizabeth Seton Medal—the College’s highest honor—to Ann Costello, S.C. for her work as a distinguished member of the Sisters of Charity. The Medal is named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity, the first American congregation of vowed American religious women who have ministered to the needs of New York and founded, led, and staffed schools, hospitals, and social service agencies throughout their history. The Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul of New York founded Mount Saint Vincent more than 100 years ago, and continue to sponsor the College today.

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About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.