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Undergraduate Commencement Celebrates Achievements

Published: May 20, 2017 | Categories: All News, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences

"Don’t let other people define who you are..."


Western New England University Undergraduate Commencement was held on Saturday, May 20, in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on the University campus. Approximately 600 students received degrees and several ROTC Cadets were commissioned as officers. (View photos)

In his remarks, President Anthony S. Caprio challenged the graduates when he said, “You must choose to make a difference. You have responsibility for yourself. You must create light around you and not darkness. With this attitude, you will be the leader in your family, your community, your place of work, and in your country.”

Graduating senior Rachael White gave the Class of 2017 student address, reminding her fellow graduates that, " This wonderful University has taught us that the best way to succeed is to first ‘Show Up’ and then never give up. If doors close in your face, choose to build your own doors.”

University alumnus Robert Stein, Jr. ’79, was the keynote speaker. With a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Western New England, Stein has enjoyed a remarkably varied career in business, and today serves as President and CEO of Kalibrate Technologies, a London based company with offices in the U.S. and throughout the world. His success stands as an example for students of the value of foundational business skills in preparing graduates to advance to leadership roles in our global economy.

In his address to the graduates Mr. Stein explained, “I detest labels, I’m referring to people labels. Labels keep us in a box, even when it’s a good label. And I know each and every one of you has the ability, and creativity, to change the world for the better. So don’t let other people define who you are, and restrict your dreams. Always define yourself and reach high as you build a better world for your children.” Mr. Stein was awarded the Western New England University President’s Medallion for his exceptional achievements and the inspiration he is to all University students. 

Dr. Steven Northrup, professor of Electrical Engineering, received the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award. Winners of this prestigious award are nominated by students, faculty, and administrators, for their outstanding contributions as educators and advisors.

The top 5 fields of study for undergraduates in 2017 are; Mechanical Engineering, Accounting, Pharmacy Studies, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. The graduating class hails from 23 states; Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

View and download photos of the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.