Xavier High School Dedicates Fernandez-Duminuco Hall

Sept. 29, 2016 - Faculty, alumni, parents, and friends gathered to celebrate Xavier High School's new six-story, 33,000-square-foot addition, Fernandez-Duminuco Hall, on Thurs., Sept. 15, and Fri., Sept. 16. The new building's name honors lead donor Mike Fernandez ’72, a Cuban-born, Miami-based businessman and philanthropist, and his mentor, the late Fr. Vincent Duminuco, SJ, Xavier’s 45th headmaster. 

The dedication ceremony on Sept. 15, took place in Keenan Commons (named for former Xavier President Fr. James Keenan, SJ) of Fernandez-Duminuco Hall. A dedication Mass followed in the Church of St. Francis Xavier. Bishop John O’Hara, the Vicar for Lower Manhattan and Staten Island, was the main celebrant, with concelebrants including Fr. John Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province.

In a video that was released that week (shared below), Mr. Fernandez explained the pivotal role that Fr. Duminuco played in his life. "What he talked about was ethics, honesty, integrity, caring for others, humility and gratitude," Mr. Fernandez said. "Those are the things that really define who you are in the long-term. This is the place that I think made me who I am today, so doing something especially in memory of Fr. Vincent Duminuco was something that I felt had to be done."

On Sept. 16, students enjoyed "Dedication Day," which included a special assembly, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, and Maroon and Blue Day events. Alumni, parents, and friends toured Fernandez-Duminuco Hall during an afternoon open house. Faculty members showcased the building's design and technology, answering questions as tours moved through. Key features of the academic building include a multi-use space that will house theatre productions and assemblies; a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) classroom complete with 3D printers, power PCs, power laptops, drones, programmable microcontrollers, and high-end sensors; a music wing with a band room, ensemble room, private practice rooms, and soundproof recording studios; a collaborative student activity space; and 11 classrooms, 6 offices, and 2 conference rooms. 

At Thursday evening's dedication Mass and Friday morning's Mass of the Holy Spirit, ten individuals were awarded the President's Medal for their outstanding service to Xavier and contributions to Fernandez-Duminuco Hall: Daniel Denihan '65, Paul Gannon '75, Mike Fernandez '72, John Meditz '66, Bob Robotti '71, Director of Technology Hernando Avila, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Vice President James Cappabianca '05, Computer Science and Technology Department Chair Michael Chiafulio, Headmaster Michael LiVigni, and Dean of Faculty Brian McCabe. 

To view photos from Thursday's dedication events, click here. Photos from Friday's open house are available here. A special video about Fernandez-Duminuco Hall is available to view below. Xavier also live streamed Thursday night's dedication events; click here to view the dedication ceremony and here to view the Mass. 

[Source Xavier High School]

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