Fairfield University awarded more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate degrees during commencement exercises on Sunday.

During the 63rd undergraduate commencement on a sometimes drizzly Bellarmine Hall lawn, 861 bachelors degrees were awarded before a crowd of about 5,000 family members and friends. At a separate ceremony in Alumni Hall, more than 400 graduate degrees and certificates were awarded.

The Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago and a national figure in Jesuit higher education, gave the undergraduate commencement address.

He asked graduates, "Who will help heal the world, if not for you? Some people can't help themselves. ... Who will help create a just and right society, if not for you?"

Garanzini laced his address with humor, noting that the honorary Doctor of Laws degree he received came in part for living in a freshman dorm for the past 25 years.

In the graduate ceremony, Dr. Patrick W. Kelley, a 1976 Fairfield graduate and director of the boards of Global Health and African Science Academy Development at the U.S. National Academies, also challenged graduates to use their status as educated people to help others.