2013 Lasell College Commencement Speaker
Groundbreaking Media Executive Lucie Salhany Named Commencement Speaker
Groundbreaking media executive Lucie Salhany, who made history as the first woman to head a broadcasting network when she was appointed Chairwoman of Fox Broadcasting in 1993, delivered the Commencement address for Lasell College on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Salhany also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
During her tenure at Fox, Salhany guided the expansion of the nation's then-newest network from four nights-a-week to seven and brought popular shows such as The X Files to air and negotiated Fox's first NFL contract. Before joining Fox, Salhany was the head of Paramount's syndication division where she oversaw a string of first-run hits including Entertainment Tonight, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Maury Povich Show and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Following her stint at Fox, Salhany went on to launch United Paramount Network (UPN) and later became a co-founder and managing partner of Echo Bridge Entertainment, an independent distributor of motion pictures in the Boston area.
More recently, Salhany has served on the Board of Directors of Hewlett Packard and as a trustee for Emerson College in Boston. She has received numerous awards including the HELP Humanitarian Award, the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Silver Satellite Award from American Women in Radio and Television, and was the first woman to receive the Sherrill Corwin Humanitarian Award from the American Jewish Committee. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Lasell, teaching an Entertainment Media course in the Communications Department and is currently a member of the President's Advisory Council.
Salhany was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Kent State University. She is married to restauranteur John Polcari and has two sons, Hal and Jake. Last year, Salhany had the pleasure of watching Jake graduate from Lasell with a bachelor's degree.
Senior Commencement Letter
Click here for a link to the email announcement to seniors from Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Austin.
Senior Commencement Announcements
All graduating seniors are entitled to 5 free commencement announcements. These are available in the Office of Student Activities beginning Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Additional announcements can be purchased for $1 each by cash or check. The Office of Student Activities is located on the second floor of the Arnow Campus Center. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Intent to Graduate
May graduates must complete an "Intent to Graduate" form, available at the Office of the Registrar. If you have not yet completed this form, please immediately contact the Office of the Registrar in Potter Hall at 617-243-2133.
Undergraduate Speaker Selection
To submit a speech for consideration, please email a WORD document to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 8, 2013. Questions about this process may be addressed to Jennifer Granger, Director of Student Activities and Orientation.
Specific information can be found here.
Senior Portraits must be submitted to the Yearbook Office by March 15, 2013. A second round of yearbook portraits will take place February 19-21, 2013. These will be the final on campus appointments available for senior portraits. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis. There is no fee to have your portrait taken. Seniors may also submit your own photo or one taken by a professional. Contact the Office of Student Activities with questions at 617-243-2475 or email@example.com.
Yearbook Ads for Grads
Families wishing to purchase an Ad for Grad space in the 2013 yearbook with a message to a graduating senior should return order forms by Friday, April 19, 2013. This is the first year we are offering an online creation option at www.yearbooksforever.com. See the letter and form from the Yearbook Editor and Advisor for more information.
Graduates will be able to purchase their caps and gowns for Commencement at the Life After Lasell Fair on Thursday, April 11, 2013. After this date, they will be available to purchase for $34 directly from the Donahue's Bookstore in the Arnow Campus Center. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
All graduates participating in the Commencement must have accounts in good standing. Please review your student account prior to Friday, March 29, 2013 to see if you have any stops or a balance due.Students who have an outstanding balance due to any College department (i.e. tuition and fees, parking fines, Conduct System fines and library fines) must clear it through the issuing department in order to participate.
Commencement Ceremony Pronunciation
If you believe that either your first or last name has a unique pronunciation, or is spelled differently than it is pronounced, please call 617-795-5600 (x5600) and follow the directions in the message. Please also specify how, and whether, to announce your middle name or initial. We encourage you to consider leaving an email with this information versus calling - if you feel you can explain the pronunciation over email tha often works better. Please send the email directly to Vice President Jim Ostro at email@example.com. Please note that the deadline for receiving voice mail or email information on how to pronounce your name is May 10, 2013.
Family and friends are encouraged to make reservations early, as hotels will fill up quickly.View more recommended hotels.
For graduates or guests who require special accommodations, please contact the Office of Plant Operations at 617-243-2220 or email Ms. Roxy Connolly at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements after Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Class Rings and Personalized Graduation Announcements from Balfour
If you are interested in ordering a Lasell College class ring or personalized graduation announcements from Balfour, please visit the Lasell College Balfour website by clicking here. For more details please visit the Donahue Bookstore or e-mail them at email@example.com.