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May 2019

Manhattanville College 2019 Commencement Addresses by Elizabeth Fahey, Dr. Rudolph Crew and Sebastian Oddo

Manhattanville College in Purchase,  will host its Undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m. on the Manhattanville Quad to honor the Undergraduate class of 2019. The keynote speaker for this year’s commencement will be Judge Elizabeth Fahey ‘74, who serves as a Superior Court Judge for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Judge Fahey had previously served as an International Judge for war crimes for the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. In addition, Judge Fahey practiced law with the firms Pierce, Davis, Fahey & Perritano and  Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, both in Boston.


“Manhattanville College is delighted to have Judge Elizabeth Fahey, a distinguished alumna, as its 2019 Undergraduate Commencement speaker,” said Manhattanville College President Michael Geisler, Ph.D. "Judge Fahey will set an excellent example and motivation for graduating students and share insights and tools for Manhattanville graduates as they enter the job market."


Judge Fahey received her undergraduate degree from Manhattanville College and her J.D. from Boston College. Also, she has served as an adjunct instructor at Northeastern University School of Law. Celebrating her 45th reunion this year, Judge Fahey has had a remarkable career as an alumna and has served as a dedicated public servant. Her work connects to Manhattanville's history in social activism as Judge Fahey has extensive background in civil rights cases and international affairs.

Manhattanville College’s Graduate and Doctoral commencement ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 16, at 6:00 p.m. on the Manhattanville Quad. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Rudolph Crew. Dr. Crew is a nationally-acclaimed educator whose career has spanned from the classroom to the chancellorship of the nation's largest school district, New York City Public Schools. His guiding principle has always been to provide the means by which all students can achieve high standards, and he has made it his mission to overhaul and strengthen America’s educational system.


Dr. Crew’s publication, Only Connect: The Way to Save Our Schools, has guided a public discussion. As chancellor of New York City Public Schools, Dr. Crew led a number of reforms, including the adoption of curriculum standards for all schools, elimination of tenure for principals, and the introduction of school-based budgeting. The Chancellor’s District, as well as the School Improvement Zone in Miami, has often been cited as a leading school reform model.


Dr. Crew received a bachelor’s degree from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and a master’s and a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He taught at a career opportunity program in the state of Massachusetts and at an alternative school in Pasadena, California, before moving into school and district administration. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NAACP Educational Leadership Award, the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award, and the National Superintendent of the Year from the American Association of School Administrators in 2008.


Manhattanville College will host its Baccalaureate and Honors Ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 4:00 p.m. in the O’Byrne Chapel to celebrate and award scholarly excellence to matriculating seniors.


The keynote address, with a theme of gratitude, will be delivered by Sebastian Oddo '07, Vice President of Innovation for Octagon, Mr. Oddo works with Creative Technologists, Developers, Designers and Experience Strategists to bring concepts to life for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the US and Globally.


Mr. Oddo received a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattanville in Management and Computer Science in 2007. Before Octagon, he worked for a development shop where he learned how to code and has since then used his experience to support organizations like, Girls Who Code to inspire young women.


For the past 10+ years, Mr. Oddo has been following emerging trends in the digital industry and helping his team come up with award-winning experiences. He has a strong passion for technology and has had opportunity to give a TEDx on how ‘Innovation Drives More Piggy-back Rides”.


Outside of his love for emerging technology, Mr. Oddo is passionate about mentoring students. He is part of President Obama’s "My Brother’s Keeper" initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. He is also on the board of Innovative Stamford, an organization committed to strengthening efforts to build an innovative community in Stamford, Connecticut.


Mr. Oddo is also a published author, having written a follow-up book to Lynn Grabhorn’s NY Times best-seller called Excuse Me, College is Now, which is distributed by all major retailers. He lives in Westchester, NY with his wife and three young children and enjoys teaching them robotics on the weekends