Winter Commencement 2018

The University of New Haven will celebrate the dedication and the many achievements of its newest graduates at its 2018 Winter Commencement on Sunday, December 16. The ceremony will take place at the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center on the West Haven Campus, and will begin at 2 p.m.

“I am proud and privileged to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. They have come so far, and it is fitting that we honor their discipline and their commitment.” President Steve Kaplan.

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Commencement Honorees

  • Teresa Younger
    Teresa Younger

    Teresa Younger

    Doctor of Humane Letters

    Teresa Younger is president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the first – and oldest – women’s foundation in the United States. Under Ms. Younger’s leadership, the Foundation launched #MyFeminismIs, a multimedia campaign sparking a national conversation on feminism; funded a groundbreaking report on the sexual abuse to prison pipeline; joined leading women’s foundations at the White House in 2015 to announce a $100 million funding commitment to create pathways to economic opportunity for low-income women and girls; and led a campaign to hold the National Football League accountable for violence against women.

    Most recently, Younger led the development of the Ms. Foundation’s new strategic plan in which the organization is challenging the philanthropic sector (and all of society) around how women, particularly women and girls of color, are being invested in.

    A renowned thought leader, strategist, advocate, and activist, Younger has spent more than 20 years on the front lines of some of the most critical battles affecting the lives of women and their communities. Her expertise and contributions to the nonprofit and social justice arenas have been noted in BIG IMPACT: Insights and Stories from America’s Nonprofit Leaders and in the Women’s Leadership Online Summit, and she was recognized by The Council on World Affairs, the Aspen Institute, Princeton University, Harvard University, and NetRoots Nation.

    In 2015, she was chosen by Planned Parenthood Federation of America as a Dream Keeper and, in 2016, was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy” by Inside Philanthropy.

    A community organizer with a demonstrated ability to build strong partnerships, Younger is active with Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Philanthropy New York, and Black Funders for Social Justice, and she serves on a number of boards, including the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut.

    Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation, Younger served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut – making her the first African American and the first woman to hold that position. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, and is proud to be a lifetime Girl Scout.

  • Eileen Eder
    Eileen Eder

    Eileen Eder

    Doctor of Humane Letters

    Eileen Eder is an award-winning artist who has been drawing and painting for most of her life. Specializing in painting landscapes and still-life scenes, she exhibits her work in local and national exhibitions.

    After raising a family and working in architectural drawing and garden design, she pursued her true passion of studying classical fine arts at the New York Academy of Art. Eder, who has studied with several noted professional artists, participated in a master class in Italy with internationally renowned painter Israel Hershberg.

    She considers standing by a stream in the woods or along the rocky coast for several hours to sketch and paint to be both her greatest pleasure and challenge.

    In addition to creating art, Eder is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of art with students. An instructor through the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Eder has also taught at the Yale Center for British Art, the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, and at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven. She is an active member of several art organizations, including Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, and Lyme Art Association Elected Artists.

    A committed philanthropist, Eder has been a community volunteer for more than 40 years. She has served on the boards of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and Artspace, a nonprofit organization in New Haven that supports emerging artists and promotes contemporary art. Eder currently serves on the University of New Haven’s Board of Governors and on the Board of Trustees of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

    Eder earned a B.F.A. from Albertus Magnus College and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. She also completed a summer master’s program at the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her husband. They have two children, who are both alumni of University of New Haven graduate programs, and seven grandchildren.

  • James Zander ’73
    James Zander ’73

    James Zander ’73

    Doctor of Business Administration

    James Zander ’73 is founder and owner of James Zander & Associates, an independent insurance agency that has served the state of Texas for 35 years. He established the firm to provide group health benefits to businesses, and, under his leadership, the agency has grown to provide insurance to more than 200 companies. In the 1990s, the company expanded to offer commercial insurance and began issuing home and auto insurance in the mid 2000s.

    Zander has been recognized three times as the Best Insurance Agent in the Greater Dallas area by Readers’ Choice, and the firm has received the Super Service Award from Angie’s List four times.

    Knowledgeable about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform, Zander is a frequent guest speaker at healthcare organizations, local chambers of commerce, and on local radio, and he regularly presents at national conferences. He serves as a certified trained member of the Community Emergency Response Team and as a member of the Dallas County Affordable Care Act Coalition, which provides education and assistance to help low-income residents obtain health insurance.

    Zander is also founder of Zander Realty, LP, a real estate investment company with commercial and residential holdings in Dallas, Plano, Highland Park, DeSoto, and Duncanville, Texas.

    While living in DeSoto, Texas, Zander served for seven years as a member of the DeSoto City Council and served on the board of the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation for four years. He helped spearhead economic development efforts that attracted thousands of new jobs to the city.

    A committed community leader, Zander has served on the board of directors of Under 1 Roof, an organization committed to providing transitional and permanent housing to individuals and families in need. He has also helped raise funds for the DeSoto Independent School District to provide college scholarships.

    Zander graduated from the University of New Haven in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned a master’s degree in political science and government from Ohio University. He earned his chartered life underwriter distinction from the American College of Financial Services. He has established a scholarship to support University of New Haven students and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University in 2006.

    Zander lives in Highland Park, Texas, with his wife, Linda.