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Photo Gallery: Distinguished Alumni Visit Holy Cross and Students Get Front Row Access

Sanctae Crucis honorees talk about how their lives were shaped on Mount St. James
October 2nd, 2014 by 


The Hogan Campus Center Ballroom is awash in a purple light during the Sanctae Crucis dinner and awards ceremony. The Sanctae Crucis awards are in the foreground.


Rev. Paul Harman, S.J., vice president for mission at Holy Cross, offers a blessing at the start of the Sanctae Crucis dinner and awards ceremony.


Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president of Holy Cross, addresses the audience during the Sanctae Crucis awards ceremony.


Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president of Holy Cross, presents the Sanctae Crucis award to Elizabeth A. Cafferty ’97, senior advocacy officer for Women’s Refugee Commission.


Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president of Holy Cross, right, presents the Sanctae Crucis award to Robert Ferris ’92, chief of the division of technical leadership and research in the Office of HIV/AIDS at United States Agency for International Development.


Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president of Holy Cross, presents the Sanctae Crucis award to Dennis C. Golden ’63, president and professor of education (retired) at Fontbonne University in St. Louis.


Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president of Holy Cross, presents the Sanctae Crucis award to James P. Murphy ’62, an otolaryngologist who provides emergency and elective surgical and medical care for more than 2 million people in Ghana.


Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president of Holy Cross, presents the Sanctae Crucis award to Aimee Bell ’88, deputy editor of Vanity Fair.


David Harris, director of college choirs and lecturer in the music department, leads the College Choir during the Sanctae Crucis awards ceremony.


From left, Chris Campbell ’15, Payton Shubrick ’15, Alex Connelly ’15, Joey Vara ’15, Amanda Crowley ’15 and Connor O’Brien ’16 attend the Sanctae Crucis awards ceremony.


Robert Ferris ’92, chief of technical leadership and research in the Office of HIV/AIDS, U.S. Agency for International Development, takes part in a seminar-style conversation with students and faculty.


Aimee Bell ’88, deputy editor of Vanity Fair, gestures during a panel discussion that was moderated by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross.


It was standing room only in Suites B/C of the Hogan Campus Center as students, faculty and staff filled the space for a panel discussion with the Sanctae Crucis honorees.


Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, far left, and John J. Mahoney Jr. ’73, chair of the Board of Trustees, far right, flank the 2014 Sanctae Crucis honorees. They are, from left, Robert Ferris ’92, Aimee Bell ’88, Dennis C. Golden ’63, Elizabeth A. Cafferty ’97 and James P. Murphy ’62.

Five Holy Cross alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and in the service of justice recently returned to campus to talk about their work — and students got a front row seat to the action.

Each year, in recognition of how they  have lived out the Holy Cross mission, the College honors  outstanding alumni with the Sanctae Crucis Award, the highest non-degree recognition bestowed on an alumnus or alumna.

On September 12, the following five alumni were presented with the award at a ceremony in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom: Aimee Bell ’88, deputy editor of Vanity Fair; Elizabeth A. Cafferty ’97, senior advocacy officer for Women’s Refugee Commission; Robert Ferris, D.O. ’92, chief of technical leadership and research in the Office of HIV/AIDS, U.S. Agency for International Development; Dennis C. Golden, Ed.D. ’63, president and professor of education (retired) at Fontbonne University in St. Louis; James P. Murphy, M.D. ’62, an otolaryngologist, formerly in private practice, now providing emergency and elective surgical and medical care for more than 2 million people in Ghana.

During the day, recipients participated in a series of campus events, including a panel discussion moderated by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, and seminar-style conversations with students, faculty and staff about how their lives and career paths were shaped at Holy Cross.

More coverage about the awards ceremony and the honorees will appear in the winter issue of Holy Cross Magazine.

Photography by John Gillooly and Tom Rettig

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