Final Mass & Convocation

Final Mass & Convocation

Date Published: Dec. 5, 2016

After the students returned from their Thanksgiving travels and studied hard for their finals, the Fall 2016 semester concluded with a beautiful final night on campus. The night began with a Mass celebrated by Monsignor Fucinaro. Following Mass, Dr. Hatlie and Msgr. Fucinaro each gave Convocation addresses to the Fall 2016 class, in which they offered their reflections on the purpose and power of the Rome semester.  Then, Dr. Moran gave an address in which he named the class the “Ap(p)ian Way” class, honoring the groups bee-like, “apian” spirit and highlighting two different stories of them walking down the Appian Way. All three speakers encouraged the class to reflect on their time in Rome and use what they learned here for the rest of their lives. The outstanding Mensa staff prepared a five course dinner for the students, including an enormous cake structured from pastries and cream puffs. Prior to this dessert, the staff arranged an incredible fireworks and Chinese lantern display. The night was brought to a close with the presentation of student awards (Academic, Rome, and Spirit), the class superlatives, a slideshow of the semester, and everyone’s final farewells. In the morning, it was off to the airport!



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