2012 Fairfield Prep Graduation

Brought together in the Alumni hall at Fairfield University, the class of 2012 came together to celebrate their graduation. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield Prep President Rev. John Hanwell presented the returning class of 1962. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Class president Patrick Barthelemy gave the welcome speech to his classmates and all the supporters of the graduates. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
The Rev. James Martin, an author, Jesuit priest, commentator and the 2012 commencement speaker for Fairfield Prep. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Robert Salandra was the class elected speaker and also graduated Summa cum laude. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Hands in the air, Brett Young walks off the stage after he get's his diploma from Fairfield Prep. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Members of the Class of 1962 received their Golden Diplomas in honor of their 50 year anniversary. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Michael Demakos was awarded the Rev. Pedro Arrupe Award for being a "Man-for-Others" through his faith. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Robert Salandra, was awarded the St. John Berchmans Award for for his commitment to his faith. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Nicholas Maffei was awarded the St. Edmund Campion Award for academic excellence. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Peter Barston was awarded the St. Peter Claver Award for leadership and commitment to helping the poor. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Michael Whelan was given the Jesuit Secondary Education Association Award, which includes a cash prize. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Kevin Sinclair received a rare full room applause as he walked across the stage, his father had passed away on Saturday. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Once all the diplomas and awards have been handed out the graduates process outside. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
After the ceremony, the new graduates congregate outside to cool off and meet with their family and friends. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The point of the commencement speech at the 70th Fairfield College Preparatory School graduation ceremony Sunday was to “lighten up.”

When the Rev. James Martin stood at the podium in front of the 227 graduates and their families and friends, he said to them, “Don’t take yourselves so damn seriously.” He explained that no one person is better than another and to always remember that.

“When we joke about ourselves it’s a reminder of about essential limitations our basic humanity,” said Martin, a Jesuit priest, author and commentator. Although he was ...
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