On Monday, June 16, 2014, the commencement ceremony was held for graduating students of the recently renamed Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences. The ceremony marked the first time that an Ayala School Commencement was celebrated under that name, and it was presided over by the new Hana and Francisco J. Ayala Dean, Frank LaFerla, who assumed the deanship on January 1 of this year.
Kathryn Hills ’83, chair of the Ayala School Alumni Club, served as the official Alumni Mace Marshall. Dr. Jacqueline Dupont, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dupont Residential Care, Inc. and new member of the Dean’s Leadership Council was the commencement speaker. Dr. Dupont presented a moving address describing how she discovered a love of serving others, encouraging the graduates to make their professional and personal lives more meaningful by volunteering and having an impact on their local communities. In all, there were 870 members of the Ayala School’s Class of 2014, including 802 bachelor’s degrees, 28 master’s degrees and 40 doctorates.
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