mu_gaffney_commencement_addressPresident Gaffney delivers commencement address.  "We wish you fair winds, a flowing sea, a tall ship and a bright star to steer her by," Gaffney said.

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - President Paul G. Gaffney II, who is retiring after successful 10-year tenure as president of Monmouth University, addressed the graduates of Monmouth University at its 82nd commencement  ceremony held at the PNC Bank Arts Center.  Monmouth University conferred first doctoral degrees at ceremony, the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

"We wish you fair winds, a flowing sea, a tall ship and a bright star to steer her by," Gaffney said.

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photo: President Gaffney and Chair of Board of Trustees Robert B. Sculthorpe ’63 with honorary degree recipients the Honorable Rochelle R. Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey and Monmouth University Life Trustee, Alfred L. Ferguson, Esq., Of Counsel with McCarter & English, LLP.

Honorary degrees were awarded to the Honorable Rochelle R. Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey, and Monmouth University Life Trustee, Alfred L. Ferguson, Esq., Of Counsel with McCarter & English, LLP.

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Photo: overview of PNC Arts Center

President Gaffney became the seventh President of Monmouth University in July 2003. During President Gaffney's tenure, Monmouth University constructed the $57-million Multipurpose Activity Center, debt free; oversaw its largest capital campaign drive raising over $50 million; established its first doctoral program; increased the quality of student academic qualifications; and raised the profile of the University.

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Photo: President Gaffney and SGA President Oscar Sanchez 

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Photo: MU Confers first doctoral degree at ceremony, the Doctor of Nursing.  left to right: Virginia L. Carreira, Renata Flaks, Gaye D. Iannelli-Madigan, Janette M. Parsons, Melissa Richardson, Barbara A. Scarano, Therese A. West.

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Photo: Senior class president Bryan Larco (Long Branch, NJ) addresses the crowd.