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Renowned Poet to Speak at Fontbonne Commencement Ceremonies

SAINT LOUIS – Dr. Samuel Hazo, author, founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pa., will be the guest speaker at Fontbonne University’s spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 15. The university will host two ceremonies, the first for students receiving bachelor’s degrees at 10 a.m., and the second for students receiving master’s degrees at 2:30 p.m. A total of 330 students are scheduled to receive their degrees. Hazo will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

A prolific  author of poetry, books, essays and plays, Hazo taught for 43 years at Duquesne University, where he is a McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus. He has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Maurice English Poetry Award for his book of poems, “Just Once,” and the Griffin Award for Creative Writing from Notre Dame, his alma mater.

Hazo was chosen as the first State Poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1993, serving until 2003, and is a National Book Award Finalist. His books include “The Song of the Horse,” published in 2008, “The Pittsburgh That Stays Within You,” a memoir first published in 1986, and his very first book of poetry, “Discovery and Other Poems,” published in 1958.

Learn more about Fontbonne's own poet-in-residence, Jason Sommer, and the university's English and communication undergraduate program.

Read Sam Hazo's commencement speeches for the undergraduate and graduate classes.

Read the 2010 undergraduate student commencement remarks.

Read the 2010 graduate student commencement remarks.

Read the board chair's welcome remarks.