2019 SHU Graduate Commencement

2019 SHU Graduate Commencement

August 14, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


(dramatic music) – [Announcer] Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Distinguished Professor
of Catholic Thought. (audience applauding) – Welcome everyone, this is an occasion that is both festive
and it is also solemn. It’s an occasion of great
ritual, a rite of passage. A time in which people leave
the university to go out into the world carrying the values we hope we have successfully inculcated over the several years of formation. On commencement day the members
that make up the university wear special clothes
like I have right now, and they disport themselves
in a special way. After all we all know that
this is a very special day, that’s why you’re here. The black gowns and colorful
attire worn by so many today on this site, stand for reasons that are long established. They’re historic, they’re
organic, and they are symbolic, they mean something beyond just
simply the wearing of them. Scholars and students
in medieval universities out of which we emerge
were clerics, friars, monks, and priests, in fact
the university as we know it originates (speaking foreign
language) from the heart of the church itself. The gowns, the hoods,
and the hats began life as ecclesiastical vesture,
but things and times change. Commencement now is part
of a venerable history of ritual, rite of passage
with special language, protocol, clothes, gestures and symbols. This is a wonderful exercise
in theater and symbolism. Today we are part of something
bigger than ourselves, bigger even than Sacred Heart University, and bigger than American higher education, we are part of a ritual that
goes back for centuries. We are not alone, we are
part of a larger communion. Today we partake in an old
tradition, but we do it our way, the Sacred Heart way, this is our iteration of a storied right. Now Sacred Heart was founded 56 years ago, our students now as then will
process with their hoods, their caps, or mortarboards,
and they will receive their diplomas, or their degrees. You will see them reenact
shortly, your daughter, your son, your partner, spouse, parent, or sibling come on stage. They will process to this
very space that I am now. And let me tell you very
briefly what will happen. The first person you will
see is the mace-bearer. At one time a deadly weapon
in the medieval armory the mace now serves a more benign purpose. Used ceremonially as the
opening of parliaments as well as university convocations,
and that’s what this is. (speaking foreign language) Sacred Heart commissioned
a new mace in commemoration of the universities 50th anniversary it is made of rosewood with two
antique silver plated brass seals of the university and brass braiding. It is born aloft by the
university assembly president and it is a symbol of the
authority of the university. Following the mace-bearer are the Student Government
Executive Board, the senior class officers,
and the graduates of the College of Arts and Science, the Jack Welch College of Business, the College of Health Professions, the College of Nursing, the Isabelle Farrington
College of Education, and St. Vincent’s
College, then our alumni, spanning the university’s
five decades of history will march in brilliant red robes. Resplendent, colorful, after
them will be the faculty. And then the stage party,
the composition of which includes trustees, the
one who will be honored, the (speaking foreign
language), the deans, the vice president, the provost, and the president of the university. In addition to those today who will be awarded earned
degrees the university bestows an honorary degree on an
individual who has been designated by the university’s Board of Trustees, as deserving of special
honor on this occasion. So along with the commencement ceremonies, with a colorful and rich
language that describes them, we also have music,
music that serves as the (speaking foreign language) the backbone of the ceremony itself. And they are provided this music by the Sacred Heart University Band, the Sacred Heart University Brass Quintet, and the Commencement Choir. As I said this is a solemn
occasion, but it is also at it’s core, and as we’ll see
now, a festive one to boot. Please join me now in standing up as the procession commences,
entering this hall. (upbeat bag pipes) (upbeat music) (“Pomp and Circumstance”) (upbeat music) (soft music) (upbeat music) (audience applauding) (upbeat music) (upbeat bagpipe music) (upbeat music) (audience applauding) – Good morning, and welcome. President Petillo, the
candidates for degrees have been assembled, the faculty members are here to honor them. The Sacred Heart trustees,
and other officials of the universities are also present. The 53rd annual commencement exercises of Sacred Heart University
are officially in session. – [Man] Yeah! (audience applauding) – Audience please remain
standing and join in the singing of National Anthem. It will be sung by Miss
Michaela Vieira class of ’21. Following this please remain standing for the invocation
which will be offered by Mrs. Devon McCormick. ♪ O, say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn’s early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪ ♪ At the twilight’s last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ O’er the ramparts we watched ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ And the rocket’s red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ Oh say does that star
spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O’er the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave ♪ (audience cheering and applauding) – Together we pray. God of joy and hope we thank you for this time of graduation. Your spirit of wisdom has empowered our hard work and discipline
in such a way that our hunger for learning has been
nourished with knowledge, discovery, creativity, and determination. As we prepare to walk
across the stage to receive our diplomas let us walk
in prayerful gratitude for the many blessings that
have made this moment real, and filled with great potential. In gratitude we pray for our families, and the many who have
sacrificed and worked to see us to this hopeful moment. In gratitude we pray for the professors and administrators who
have challenged, cared, and crafted us along
this academic journey. In gratitude we pray for fellow students who have taught us more about friendship, collaboration, and sharing. God, even as we have faced challenges and accomplished much we
understand that our lives move into a new chapter
where there will be more challenges to face and
more will be demanded of us in order to accomplish good things. May your grace cover
our anxieties and fears so that we may stay
encouraged about the future. Give us patience and hope
to energize our search for work that is just and
makes proper use of our gifts. Give us courage to face the challenges of carving out a place in
society where we might live in peace, service, and gratitude. Give us strength to resist the temptations of greed, laziness, pride,
and envy as we strive to do and be our best. May your spirit guide us as we unfold the next chapters of our lives. Help us to enliven hope
in the world and bring good things to your kingdom. And may this celebration be a reflection of the blessings that we find in knowing and loving you. For this is the day that you have made. We are glad and rejoice in it, amen. (audience applauding) – Thank you Michaela, and Devon,
audience you may be seated. Welcome graduates, parents and families, esteemed members of the Board of Trustees, and many other honored guests. Thank you for your presence. Before we formally inaugurate our program I would like to make one small request, as a courtesy to all those
in attendance please silence your cell phones and other
electronic devices, thank you. And now it is my pleasure to introduce Dr. John Petillo, President
of Sacred Heart University. (audience applauding) – First I would like to thank our faculty, faculties from different
colleges for the time and the giving that they give
themselves to our students, without you they really
wouldn’t be as successful as they are, so thank
you faculties very much. (audience applauding) Graduates you have now
completed your graduate studies and will be awarded a degree. So you have achieved another
piece of your career plan. Yet I would suggest that
while this is important for your professional development, the substantive evaluation will relate to how, when, and if this achievement enables you to be for others. Wealth, power, prestige,
while a source of happiness or comfort, they are truly transitory. At some point in being
honest with yourselves you will ask is this all there is? Our journey is much more than that which satisfies our ego. It is that awareness
that Henri Nouwen says causes us to realize we are
much better than our ego ideal. We, each of us, are and
should be there for others, traveling on life’s journey together. Ask yourselves, do our
senses become effected as we see a child abandoned in a shelter.? An elderly man gazing aimlessly
because no one visits? Or a woman victimized and
treated as child by men? Graduates today’s ceremony is certainly to acknowledge your accomplishments. It is also a moment on
your journey reminding you that much has been given
to you, so hopefully, you will give much of yourselves. Today is a reminder for
each of us, myself included, that our individual journey will be judged not by prominence or prestige, but how we lived for others. Because in living for
others using the gifts we have acquired and been
awarded, then we truly live for our own enrichment as a person. Helen Keller observed, there
is joy in self forgetfulness. So I try to make the light
in others eyes my sun. The music in others ears my symphony. And the smile on others lips my happiness. Graduates, celebrate today,
and tomorrow hopefully be there for others, congratulations. (audience applauding) – Thank you President Petillo. President Petillo on
behalf of Board of Trustees and the faculty, I now present
Ms. Mary Healey-Sedutto PhD for the degree Doctor of
Humane Letters, honoris causa. the citation will be read
by Dr. Sherry Watson, Associate Dean of College of Nursing. The hood will be vested
by Dr. Susan Davis, of Sacred Heart University
Board of Trustees. (audience applauding) – President Petillo, Dr.
Paliwal, Board of Trustee members deans, faculty, students,
alumni, families and friends, on behalf of the faculty
of Sacred Heart University Dr. Mary Healey-Sedutto you
honor us with your presence here today to receive
our highest recognition. The Doctor of Humane
Letters, honoris causa. We welcome you to our campus,
our teaching and scholarship, and now our friendship. You received your Doctor
of Public Administration from New York University
and are the founder and Executive Director of
Hope for a Healthier Humanity. A charitable organization dedicated to serving the poor in Central America. You have spent the last 35 years
of your professional career dedicated to the
advancement of healthcare, both domestically as
well as internationally. Your career has been both deep and broad working in the healthcare field. Including healthcare administration, program and strategic planning, international healthcare advocacy, and partnership development,
academia and management. You’ve served as the President of the Catholic
Healthcare System in the Arch Diocese of New York, and President of Benifis Health. You’ve created the Pan-American
Catholic Healthcare Network. This foundation with Catholic approbation from the Holy See of Rome promotes charitable and social works in line with the social teaching of the Roman Catholic
Church, and ministers to the poor by providing healthcare needs throughout Central
America and the Caribbean. It is a vehicle to demonstrate Christian international solidarity. You have served on
numerous boards of trustees of medical schools,
hospital, nursing homes, and other community agencies. You are an active and
influential leader in healthcare. In early 2000 your life had
a transformational moment while having a conversation
with your dear friend, and colleague John Cardinal O’Connor of the Arch Diocese of New York. In one of your last conversations with him he asked you not to forget the poor, encouraged you to continue
serving Central America. His message changed your direction and you submitted your resignation to the Arch Diocese shortly thereafter. This defining moment was instrumental in the founding of Hope
for a Healthier Humanity. Your foundation has provided
assistance and training to third world countries to improve their healthcare planning
and delivery systems. Your compassion and care towards the poor in Honduras, Guatemala,
Panama, El Salvador, Mexico, and Dominican
Republic has significantly impacted their lives. You and your beloved late
husband Dr. Stanley Kosen brought dental care for the
first time to these communities. You’ve organized medical
missions, sent containers full of medical supplies to
help those less fortunate, and educated local professionals. You’ve also educated community lay people and rudimentary healthcare
services to disseminate basic medical know how that reaches people in remote communities. Your programs make available
to the poor an essential right that they are missing. The human right to have basic healthcare. In the best Catholic tradition
you have put into action what you have held gospel. You have left an everlasting impression. This honorary degree is the product of a lifetime in achievement in healthcare and public service. It is for your outstanding
a sustained record of service and accomplishment in the medical and public spheres that we recognize you with this degree of Doctor of Humane Letters
today, congratulations. (audience applauding) – Sacred Heart University brings honor on itself today by honoring you. By virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Connecticut,
and by the trustees of Sacred Heart University,
I confer upon you this 11th day of May, 2019, the degree of Doctor of
Humane Letters, honoris causa, congratulations Dr. Healey-Sedutto. (audience applauding) – Congratulations Dr. Healey-Sedutto. It is now my pleasure to
call on Dr. Healey-Sedutto to approach the podium and
give the commencement address. – Thank you Dr. Petillo. It is indeed an honor
to be invited to present this commencement address,
and to be a recipient of the honorary doctoral degree from your prestigious university. I am truly humbled and immensely proud. As members of the
graduating class of 2019, each of you has much
to be proud of as well. Your graduate degrees and certificates represent years of hard work. Hard and focused work on the
part of not only yourselves, but your families, and your friends. You have sacrificed much in
order to be here this morning, and I congratulate you, each in one. At the same time I must confess that when I was first approached about receiving this
honorary doctoral degree I immediately and almost
unconsciously thought of all of the millions of
people throughout the world who will never achieve such distinction. And more significantly never
have an opportunity to attend a university such as Sacred Heart. We often hear of our moral
obligation and imperative to achieve a more equitable and balanced distribution of wealth, this is important. But I world argue that perhaps
an even greater imperative is to work towards an equitable and accessible distribution of opportunity for education. For without education the
poor are sorely disadvantaged with respect to achieving
a sustainable improvement in their economic situation. Without education when
the charitable donations cease to flow in developing nations the economic improvements
achieved often disappear. Leaving the recipients and
their families discouraged. Stripped of dignity, and
most tragically without hope. His eminence Oscar Cardinal
Rodriguez Maradiaga has said and I quote. “Hope is as fragile, small,
and gentle as a little child.” “It is vulnerable and we must
take care not to lose it.” I encourage you each
and everyone to embrace, to cradle, and to nurture your hopes, do not let them fleet away. We’re here today because we
already know the importance of education, we all know that
the diplomas and certificates are often useful in opening doors, and positioning us for
greater opportunities. But something that is often unrecognized is the intrinsic relationship
between education and hope. Education often gives us
the tools to realistically and tangibly chart our course
and navigate from where we are to where we want to be. And lacking this pathway
to access can easily allow us to slip into hopelessness. We see all too much
hopelessness in our world today. But there is a remedy for hopelessness, and an integral part of that
remedy is in my opinion, the pursuit of education. Education serves as the
beacon of light assuring us that hope is not an empty,
meaningless emotion, but rather a powerful drive
of spirit, a necessary fuel that keeps us on the path
towards our aspirations. Again, I encourage you
to embrace, to cradle, and to nurture your hopes, and not to allow them to fleet away. For the past 25 years I’ve
spent a good deal of my time in Latin America. Most predominately Central
America and the Caribbean. And for the past 19 of
those 25 years it has been the exclusive focus of
my professional life. And my organization Hope
for a Healthier Humanity is actively involved in
addressing among other things, access to education and
health in rural Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and most recently in the Quintana Roo area of Mexico. Over such a long period of
time I’ve had the opportunity to develop a perspective on not only what the genuine situation is in Latin America, but how it has evolved over the years, and why in my opinion, we need
to be increasingly concerned about the future of this region. In November of 2018, not
very many months ago, the United Nations
issued a report entitled the outlook on rural
poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to this study within one single year’s
time, more than two million additional people in Latin America fell into extreme poverty. The report characterizes this
as “An historic reversal” “constituting the
evidence of the fragility” “of the societies in Latin America.” “And most significantly
the slow economic gains” “that people thought” “were being experienced in Latin America.” What we are seeing through our foundation in Central America, is a
constantly growing pressure on the poorest of peoples. We see neighborhoods now overrun by gangs. Neighborhoods that only one
year ago, although poor, were relatively safe. We see in the increased
effects of these local gangs demanding extortion from
even the smallest scale of economic activity. Families previously
able to eek out a living by operating a small bodega, or perhaps a community
vegetable garden are now forced to give their money to
the gangs for protection. And as a result they have
no marginal income left to cover their own basic
human needs, let alone the pursuit of education. To further complicate
things the weather and crops have been cooperating less
over the past few years and mothers increasingly
are left to care for their children on their own. Trying to find food for them to eat, because their partners
have either attempted to illegally migrate, or are looking for
employment in the cities. Pope Francis speaks often
and with great passion regarding the poor and
the disenfranchised. November 18, of 2018 marked
the second anniversary of The World Day of the Poor. And in the commemoration
speech of that day Pope Francis said let
us reflect on Psalm 34. The poor man cried and the Lord heard him. But it’s not enough, it’s
not enough for us to simply see the poor and hear their cry. Our mandate, each and every one of us, our mandate is to take action. It matters not if our brothers
and sisters live near to us. Or in far distant lands. They’re all our brothers and sisters. And we are as responsible
for them as they are for us. Together we have the same
essential human needs. Our hopes and our dreams are the same. Our needs for survival,
for dignity, for happiness, are the same. And while so many of us are
truly blessed with the resources and capabilities to live
our lives in comfort, and to be able to take
advantage of opportunities such as each and every
one of you have had, to receive and education
from Sacred Heart University, there are so, so many who are not. Who cannot and who never will. According to the World Bank,
and many of you I’m sure have heard this data,
or have read this data, 46%, almost 50% of the world population, one out of every two people in the world live on less than $5 a day. And 25%, one out of every
four people in the world live on less than $3 a
day, extreme poverty. And with that degree of
poverty they will never get the education that you have gotten. And they will live without
hope, so many of them. But there is a reason for optimism. The good news is that despite
these discouraging conditions in many, many places,
places of extreme poverty, when a committed group
of people band together to support each other, what Pope Francis calls human solidarity, when they band together
to support one another our organization has seen that we can, and other organizations,
and efforts of individuals can take place very
effectively and efficiently. And the results of our efforts are more than simply encouraging, they’re substantive, and they’re tangible. And they are very valuable. It is possible to build
capacity through interventions in poor communities when we have groups of
people working together. We have confirmed over
the past several years that the model of community engagement, community training,
and community education delivers substantive and
reliable, and sustainable results, no matter how poor, no matter
how poor the community. We recently had an independent study done of our efforts in extreme
poverty communities in Honduras and we found when we get
the community to engage malnutrition was reduced by 78% through the efforts of
community working together. Education is the light
which leads to hope. Hope which takes on many
forms can propel people to do wonderful and amazing things. Given the state of our world today, where so many lack so
much, my hope is that many if not all of you can find
a way to foster education among people who do not have the same opportunities that you did. Even though many of us have struggled to achieve the goals we set for ourselves we did not give up hope. You did not give up hope. And I ask you to take a moment
on this very special day and consider how each and every one of you can and must spread your light
for those in such great need and give them hope. God bless you all and thank you. (audience applauding) – Thank you Dr. Healey-Sedutto
for your exceptional, and inspirational remark,
and especially for issuing a greater call to our graduates. We now begin in the
distribution of degrees to Sacred Heart University students. (audience cheering and applauding) Graduates as you know Sacred
Heart University has one of the most beautiful campus, and most of the thing
that work really smoothly. One of the things that doesn’t work is that elevator to success. You really have to take
one step at a time. And you really need the support of others. And if your luck is like
mine, when you think you find the key to success
they change the lock on you. (audience laughing) So before we distribute the degrees let’s acknowledge all
the people who’s support you will need, and you have needed for the success you have accomplished. Will the faculty members
and the staff members of Sacred Heart University please rise? And audience please give
them a round of applause. (audience applauding) Thank you. Now will all the family
members who have been supporting of their graduates please rise? And graduates give them
a round of applause. (audience cheering and applauding) Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen there is
a professional photographer taking pictures of each graduate. In the interest of the
decorum and a courtesy to those around you I ask
that you remain seated while the graduates are
awarded their degrees. You will occasionally observe other person as esteemed president and
the deans in presenting the degrees to certain graduates. It is our custom for Sacred
Heart University faculty, staff, or alumni, to join the President and the Dean in presenting the
degrees to their relatives. I now call upon Dr. John Chalykoff, Dean of Jack Welch College of Business who will present the candidates for Doctor of Business Administration. (audience applauding) – Will the candidates for the degree Doctor of Business
Administration please rise? (audience cheering and applauding) Here, here. President Petillo, on
behalf of the faculty of the Jack Welch College of Business I present the candidates for the degree Doctor of Business Administration and respectfully
recommend that such degree be conferred upon them. – Vested in me by the state of Connecticut and by the trustees of
Sacred Heart University I confer upon the candidates the degree of Doctor of
Business Administration. (audience cheering and applauding) – [Announcer] Doctor of
Business Administration, Agnishka Marta Hommich Grabaska. Heather Elizabeth Dempsey. Marcus D. Ellis. Armand Nickman. Justice K. Aforti Boydo. Gregory Saban. Sam Kuong Shum. – Graduates you may be seated. I now call upon Dr. Patricia Walker, Dean of College of Health Profession to present the candidates for
Doctor of Physical Therapy. (audience cheering and applauding) Dr. Jodie Bortone, Associate Dean of College
of Health Profession will present the diploma. – Will the candidates for the Doctor of Physical
Therapy degree please rise? (audience cheering and applauding) President Petillo on behalf of the faculty of College of Health Professions
I present the candidates for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and respectfully
recommend that this degree be conferred upon them. – By virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Connecticut
and by the trustees of Sacred Heart University
I confer upon the candidates the Doctor of Physical
Therapy, congratulations. (audience cheering and applauding) – [Announcer] Doctor of Physical Therapy, Francis Atalla. Emily Ann Aversa, honors. Samantha Patricia Ballastrary. Thomas V. Barsha. Morgan Paige Bowen, Victor Vaughn Legislative Service Award. Elizabeth Ashley Boyle. Lisa Marie Brecky. Erin Marie Chapman. Megan Elizabeth Charleston. Audrey Naomi Dalenche. Tracey Donlan. Katrina Angalis Dee, Physical Therapy
Professional Service Award. Kelly Sara Estee. Alyssa Farnsworth. Brittany Rose Franklin. Stephanie Gabriel. Jamie Rose Gladding. Jonathon Gold Farb. Shannon Hickey, honors. Taylor B. Huzninger, honors. Gregory Angelo Hutchinson. Bryan Curich, honors,
Silver Medal of Excellence. Mikayla Theresa Lynn Lachance. Robert Jeffrey Lewis. Courtney Ann Mockimer. Christina Julia Martello. Chelsea Lee Martin. John McGeorge, Victor Vaughn
Legislative Service Award. Tara McKeon, honors. Elizabeth Mary McLean. Bryan Mecca. Arena Masharyakov. Christina Mary Mogalnicky,
Dean’s Leadership Award. Tyler Naith, honors. Jeremy Mark Nardiello, honors. Alyssa Natario. Danielle Eva Owens, honors. Matthew John Pelillo. Laurel Jean Passaretti. Kelly Perez Creen, Margaret
Palacer Scholarship. Catherine Marie Quick. Trada Singh Rana, American
Physical Therapy Association Minority Scholarship nominee, and Physical Therapy
Professional Service Award. Kenneth Ruben. Gerryann Scarpitto, honors,
Gold Medal of Excellence. Michael Samanchek, honors. Christopher R. Spangaletti Jr., honors. Kevin Stimmel. Bianca L. Tiberi, honors. Lila Tocotly. Kelsey Jean Trebalone. Michael Robert Viano. Lauren Paige Valenti. Meghan Vilovich. Jeffrey James Verneous. Thomas Joseph Villareno. Kelsey Jonelle Webber,
Stephen T. Bower Scholarship. Catherine Lum Weng. Kyle Robert Valenti Wolfe. Caitlyn Evangeline Zenockus. – Graduates you may be seated. I now call upon Dr. Mary Alice Donius, Dean of College of
Nursing who will present the candidates for Doctor
of Nursing Practice. – Will the candidates for the Doctor of Nursing
Practice Degree please rise? (audience cheering and applauding) President Petillo, on
behalf of the faculty of the College of Nursing,
I present the candidates for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree and respectfully
recommend that this degree be conferred upon them. – By virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Connecticut
and by the trustees of Sacred Heart University I confer upon the candidates
the Doctor of Nursing Practice, congratulations. (audience cheering and applauding) – [Announcer] Doctor of Nursing Practice, Cassandra Priscilla
Augus Marshullo, honors, Deans Leadership Award. Donna N. Brennan, honors. Jessica Cherise Brown. Mary M. Frawley, honors,
Gold Medal of Excellence, and Outstanding DNP Project Award. Lana Keen, honors, Silver
Medal of Excellence, and Outstanding DNP Project Award. Marlene Angela Malcolm. Jill Seacott Morkowsky, honors,
Dean’s Leadership Award. – Graduated you may be seated. I now call upon Dr. Michael Alfano Dean of Isabelle Farrington
College of Education, who will present the candidates for Certificate of Advanced
Studies in Administration, Certificate of Advanced
Studies in Literacy, and Certificate of Advanced
Studies in Teaching. (audience applauding) – Will the candidates for the degrees of Certificate of Advanced
Studies in Administration, Certificate of Advanced
Studies in Literacy, and Certificate of Advanced
Studies in Teaching please rise? (audience cheering and applauding) President Petillo on behalf of the faculty of the Isabelle Farrington
College of Education I present the candidates for
the aforementioned degrees, and respectfully recommend that degrees be conferred upon them. – By virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Connecticut
and by the trustees of Sacred Heart University I confer upon the candidates the degrees of Certificate of Advanced
Studies Administration, Certificate of Advanced Studies Literacy, and Certificate of
Advanced Studies Teaching, congratulations. (audience applauding) – [Announcer] Certificate
of Advanced Studies in Administration, Dawn Marie Campbell. Paul Andrew Cavanna,
assisted by his sister Stacey Williams, calls of 2015. John W. Coat, Dean’s Leadership Award. Gina M. Grant, award Outstanding Thesis. Kaia Hermanowsky. Alicia Kelly, assisted
by her father Paul Kelly, class of 1992. Megan Lamontaine. Danielle Patricia Markido. Jennifer Maxin, Dean’s Leadership Award. Brian M. Olsen. Arlene Ruiz. Suzanne F. Cera, Outstanding
Field Placement Award. Francis M. Whitney, Silver
Medal of Excellence, and Outstanding Research Award. Julia C. Righton, Gold
Medal of Excellence. Certificate of Advanced
Studies in Literacy, Lauren Benvenutti. Joy Ann Dracanacus. Jenna Christine Garcia. Mariana Leludes, Silver
Medal of Excellence. Christine Nicole Porfillio. Kelly Silva. Carol Spring, Gold Medal of Excellence. Nicky Welcoll. Stacy Zenowich. – Graduates please be seated. (audience cheering and applauding) I now call on Dr. Robin Cautin Dean of College of Arts and Sciences who will present the candidates
for the master’s degrees from the college. – Will the candidates for the degrees of Master of Science and Chemistry, Master of Arts and Broadcast Journalism, and Media Production, Master
of Arts in Communication, Master of Arts in Film
and Television Production, Master of Arts in Media
Literacy and Digital Culture, Master’s of Arts in Sports
Communication and Media, Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations. Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Master of Science and Applied Psychology, Master of Public Administration,
and Master of Social Work please rise? (audience cheering and applauding) President Petillo on behalf of the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences I present the candidates for
the aforementioned degrees and respectfully recommend
that such degrees be conferred upon them. – By virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Connecticut
and by the trustees of Sacred Heart University I confer upon the candidates the degree of Master of Science Chemistry, Master of Arts Broadcast
Journalism, and Media Production. Master of Arts Communication, Master of Arts in Film
and Television Production, Master of Arts in Media
Literacy and Digital Culture, Master’s of Arts in Sports
Communication and Media, Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations. Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Master of Science and Applied Psychology, Master of Public Administration,
and Master of Social Work, congratulations. (audience applauding) – [Announcer] Master of
Science in Chemistry, Shekha Aldowish. Tua Alhasmy. Zena Mohammad El-Kayed. Amal Ali Ashaharry. Amanda Carol Ballasano. David Daniel Bokosh,
Silver Medal of Excellence. Kevin Michael Campos,
assisted by his sister Angela Campos, class of 2014. Francis Edward Devascante,
Gold Medal of Excellence. Elizabeth Gurera. Jovan Ismael. Bebe Gayathry Lackaretty. Yaya Yusef Thari. Khalil Alsacarna. Alexa Eden Bankowitz, assisted
by her mother Sena Bankowitz, Department of Human Resources. Natalie Marie Chiafarri. Michael Cody Howard. Rasha Ibrahim. Jordan Nicole Norcuss. Master of Arts in Communication. Christian Cristell Carter. Cara Nicole Finelli,
assisted by her brother Christopher Finelli, class of 2000. Master of Arts in Film
and Television Production. Vernon Milton Baynes Jr. Master of Arts in Media
Literacy and Digital Culture. Marissa Angelina Papa. Master’s of Arts in Sports
Communication and Media, Christopher Chiozo. Ayner DelRoy Charles. Lauren Hailey Shelevitz. Brianna Theresa Dimaggio. Osadebamun Imioparia. Cole James Isgar. Cody Tyler Jones. Anthony Motariello. William Franz Meyer. Psychology faculty. Brianna Marie Sullivan. Christopher Walker. Ilaria Ann Deangelis. Kelly Taylor Gilbert. Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Kayesha Egypt Alston-Mann. Christopher Carnaro. Eugenia Condolius. Jessica Christine Davis. Mikaylea Satia-Dole. Daniel Robert Doucet. Timothy Feedor. Renee Robin Flores. Aaron John Larkome. Tanya Mann. Kevin Joseph Mckellick,
Gold Medal of Excellence. Sara May Myerdirks. John Joseph Rich. Jessica Lee Sandler. Micheal Siegrist. Paula Ann Travor, assisted by
her sister Stephanie Travor, class of 2009. Melissa Verilli, Silver
Medal of Excellence. Brian David Weir. Master of Science in Applied Psychology, Yara Zayad Abueni. Marta Maria Adamis. Dana Brown. Alexis Marie Campbell. Brianna Lee Duran. Aquadusu Ezealimba. Michael Joseph Fritz Jr. Alicia Courtney Griffiths. Emily Kayloon. Anthony Paul Latina. Catherine Latour. Kelly Jean Love. Abigail Mastrone. Noel Maine. Jason Dewayne McCoy. Cornelia Oshkenese. Jessica Renee Page. Joshua Pena. Nicholas Lawrence Quinzy. Christina Maria Scarane. Joseph Earl Stone. Julianne Sara Vincent. Sheena Kay Whitley. Alyssa Nicole Zedrevik. Master of Public
Administration, Sara Henderson. Rebecca Joyner-Malrane. Margarita Nicole Landealius. Master of Social Work,
Heather Rose Chovitz. Jade Sasha Gaye Coleman Wallace. Christopher Phillip Deelcie. Paige Victoria Esposito, honors,
Silver Medal of Excellence. Francis Peter Fermaneck III, Commitment to Social Justice Award. Timothy Holt. Adalean Garcia, Dean’s Leadership Award. Vanessa Irrizari. Pandora Lucinda Love Johnson. Morgan Ellen Class. Carrie Ann McLaughlin. Kristin Nicole Montini, Gold
Medal of Excellence, honors. Catherine Cecilia Newman. Nicole Elizabeth Noche. Ashley Pericino. Abigail Savigne. Rebecca Catherine Smith. Sara Rose Willoosky,
assisted by her parents, Chris Willoosky class of ’93, and Ted Wiloosky,
Department of Public Safety. Brianna Marie Wesnevsky. Melissa Ann Zagarolli. Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Paul James Clee. – Let’s give another round of applause to all the graduates. (audience cheering and applauding) Graduates you may be seated. I now call Dr. John Chalykoff, Dean of Jack Welch College of Business, who will present the candidates for master’s degree from the college. – Thank you, will the
candidates for the degree Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Computer Science, and Information Technology. Master of Science Cyber Security, Master of Science Digital Marketing. Master of Science Finance
and Investment Management, and Master of Science
Human Resource Management, please rise? (audience cheering and applauding) President Petillo on behalf of the faculty of the Jack Welch College of Business I present the candidates for
the aforementioned degrees and respectfully recommend that such degrees be conferred upon them. – By virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Connecticut
and by the trustees of Sacred Heart University I confer upon the
candidates the degrees of Master of Science Accounting, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science Computer, Science, and Information Technology. Master of Science Cyber Security, Master of Science Digital Marketing. Master of Science Finance
Investment Management, and Master of Science
Human Resource Management, congratulations. (audience applauding) – [Announcer] Good morning,
Master of Science in Accounting, Dominik Argenti. Anthony Barrarti. Cameron Robert Bernstein. Kelsey Ann Burton. Cody Tyler Campson. Nicole Johanna Carlone. Jennifer Carlson. Angelica Kramer. Michael Lewis Dejanero. Kelly Felter. Anthony Thomas Fugnetti. Damian Galazowsky. Victoria Susan Hague. James Henderson, Gold Medal of Excellence. Thomas Anthony Henderson,
Silver Medal of Excellence. Timothy Liam Johnson. Timothy Michael Kelly. Matthew Love. Kristin Nicole Manfield. Daniel Marchaleetz. Olivia Marlo. Sandra Marie Marks. Gabriella Elizabeth Martino. Ashley Mascalo. Christopher McCormick. Nicholas Joseph Ole. Christopher Jesse Peterman. Zachary Alex Ryan. Patrick Quinn. Matthew David Sullivan. Paul Tolamo. Gregory Taylor. Christopher Paul Toomio. Tara Lynn Ventura. Master of Business Administration. Ahmed Sule Aljondi. Anwar Al Kusair. Richard W. Andrews III, honors,
Gold Medal of Excellence. Leah Arsenaw. Reed Avadudie. Thomas Michael Banelli. Catherine Rose Bria,
assisted by her father Anthony Bria, class of 1998. Jennifer Gardner Brunner. Joseph Albert Casares. Gregory Joseph Caldera. Justin Camden Cole. Alotti Marie Cubanskintio. Kevin David Duke. Matthew Illalio. Majed Fayed. Juliana Featherman. Josh Rofrerio. Bryan Casape. Eric Grinrod, assisted by his brother Bryan Grinrod, class of 2005. Peter William Harrison Sr. Tracy Echa H.M. Hubbard. Bryan Arthur Hughes. Zana Cabanny. Jeffrey Mackranoy. Heather Markert. David R. Master. Samantha Florence Ann Mays. Amy Christine Meyers. Daniel C. Mestreda. John J. Montoya. Michelle Catherine Neery. Brita Hayes Nordstrom. Amber Lee Pace. Catherine Mary Poletti. Janice E. Pickett Lee. Bree Deanna Robinson. Angela Rossi. Allah Ahmed E. Salaam. Khaleen Shalak, honors. Gustava Zuhan Kerub Zababbi, you got this. Catherine Marie Suzeck. John Tarja. Annise Toonsey. Maria Ulola, assisted by
her father Jose Ulola, class of 2001. David Michael Vazela Jr. David E. Urkowich, honors. Qiana Yee. Erin Stork. Forlian Pap. Master of Science in Computer, Science, and Information Technology. Mohammad Al Gandhi. Protomesh Praveen Badam,
honors, Dean’s Leadership Award. Naga Sweta Baloo, honors,
Gold Medal of Excellence, assisted by her brother Cartakaia Baloo, Adjunct Professor Computer
Science and Engineering. Vincent Delacruz. Barbara Gerwin, assisted by her son Spencer Gerwin, class of 2016. Peter Braxton Johnson, honors,
Silver Medal of Excellence. Hesceba Cote. Drumi Pareshby Patel. Pravan Kumar Patel. Nakheel Preshant Pateel. Nuelia Carraga. Praveen Jara Tabouri. Master of Science in Cyber Security, Abdullah Mohammad El-Amir. Beerbahd Acram. Abdul Malik Alasmarry. Mashiel Assoud El-Yusuf, honors,
Silver Medal of Excellence. Nicholas Anthony Deangelo. Timothy Gilchrist, honors. Phil Icciaboojaja. Bryan S. Jambo. Thomas Landry. Michael Joseph Manino. William Micklos. Ogeed Acoule Oyamini. Bailey Pecat. Eric Perez. Eric Hunter Schmidt. Aniya Shallace. Manjar Sanjay Sheebapacar,
honors, Gold Medal of Excellence. Aman Kumar Singh. Michael Strombakis. Focadu Laku Iyanooni,
Dean’s Leadership Award. Master of Science and Digital Marketing. South Suliyman Alahusseni. Megan Ann Bonner, honors. Micheal Cotrolly. Teter Damockdanese. Christine Dunbar, assisted by her father, Dr. Kwame Dunbar, College of Business. Megan Catherine Kelly. Ojas Unprakash Corday, honors,
Dean’s Leadership Award. Chasprey Cower Garendajeet
Singh Lalia, honors. Michelle Arena Muday Anoon. Paul Micheal Mulally. Sagar Gullany, honors. Bella Carina Solozano Pijahita, honors. Paula Carolina Terelba Andrea. Melissa Ann Wilson, honors. Master of Science in Finance
and Investment Management. Abdullah Adurhyman. Ahmed Abdullah Alashman. Connor Patrick Cunningham. Bushrwa Garrari. Cayora Goppabupaipooncha. John Eugene Shannon. Bach Fuon Tran. Abdullah Acoonfareem Zachary. Tatenda Victor Zenega. Master of Science and
Human Resource Management. Seray Ajma. Wahlid Ashmari. Heesa Fahad Atlamara. Nicole Bach. Francesca Maria Bloom. Scott Burnett Brown,
Gold Medal of Excellence. Erin Kathleen Coloneese. Shia Ann Coughlin. James Paul Dalto. Chanel Davis. Chelsea Fiola. Tanisha Foster. Michelle Gavalanas. Sara Ann Rose Hayman. Brittany Marie Hart. Brittany Ann Horne. Xavia Jackson. Ruth Jean-Pierre. Christina Angelica Mayeda. Mikayla Mara. Marcie Janine Middleton. Abdullah Hamud Moe Baracki. Innocent Ordua. Justina Cassada. Verneesh Sheree Richardson. Mark Rivera. Mary Kate Susoni McCue. Carla Christine Stewart. Amandeep Furthy. Darlene Dasear Williston. – Let’s give them another
round of applause. (audience applauding) Graduates you may be seated. I now call Dr. Michael Alfano Dean of Isabelle Farrington
College of Education who will present the
candidates for master’s degree from the college. – Will the candidates for degrees of Master of Arts and Teaching and Master’s of Education please rise. (audience cheering and applauding) President Petillo on behalf of the faculty of the Isabelle Farrington
College of Education, I present the candidates for
the aforementioned degrees and respectfully recommend
that such degrees be conferred upon them. – By virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of
Connecticut and by the trustees of Sacred Heart University I confer upon the candidates degrees of Master of Arts in Teaching,
and the Master of Education, congratulations. (audience applauding) – [Announcer] Master of Arts in Teaching, Gabrielle Mariat Abuzade. Shayline Marie Arragundi. Kimberly Heidi Arthur. Nadeen Renee Ashley. Mariah Ashley Barrios. Kristin A. Blanco. Caitlyn Britton. Christina Rose Trufo,
assisted by her brother Lawrence Trufo class of 2017. Amy Marie Canel. Carmine John Carricha,
Outstanding Master’s Project Award assisted by his mother Dawn
Carricha class of 1988. Taylor Claughlin. Maddie Cutler. Bethany D. Delnofo. Vanessa Edne Diaz. Angela Dorino, Outstanding
Field Placement Award. Rachel Jean Dolan. Chelsea Elizabeth Donovan. Caitlyn Elbe. Carolyn M. Farr. Ruth Ann Phillips, Gold
Medal of Excellence. Brianna Nancy Faustina,
assisted by her mother Antoinette Faustine, class of 1988. Steven Adam Fong. Leah Nicole Forbes. Dava Ann Forchanata. Cristina Georgen, Gold
Medal of Excellence. Jonathan Garcia. Stephanie Emily Gibblen. Jennifer Ann Gill-Martin. Rebecca Glover. Alina Nicole Gonsalvez. Helen Elaine Graham. Lauren Elizabeth Grass. Laura Ann Green. Emily Ann Grilly. Christine Elizabeth Hanley. John W. Hartnett. Alexandria Risco. Rykeisha Hicks. Christine Iona. Amanda Young. Anna Marie Calafades. Joshua A. Kalanowski. Amanda Elizabeth Quiche. Samantha Rose King. Sara Davenport Kraver. Kelly Andine Lafranz. Zachary Letterman. Justin V. Lee. Theresa Rose Masage. Lindsey McCarthy. Taryn Elizabeth McCormick. Eugene Joseph McDunna. Nicole Yu Miller. Emily Morales. Elizabeth Rose Mushanta. Gadir Monsoor Munshie. Daniel Phillip Murphy. Cameron Thomas Neil,
Silver Medal of Excellence. Heather Ann Norris. Christine Lynn Pandise. Bailey Taryn Partridge. Victoria A. Patrick,
Dean’s Leadership Award. Cassandra Picard. Lauren Audrey Pylon. Nicholas Montgomery Pond. Ashley Procinack. Timothy Daniel Randall. Monica Lynn Race. Stephanie Rodriguez. Melissa Lee Rule. Cassandra A. Scarpa. Rebecca Jo Schwetz. Chelsea Marie Sheretta. Mikayla Marie Sherlock. Nicole Alexa Silvar. Janessa Joanne Sose. Erin Marie Spetalarry. Adam Michael Sturgis. Caitlyn Van Ducen, Outstanding
Field Placement Award. Julia Vetsa. Amelia Venchagara, Outstanding
Field Placement Award. Samantha Lynn Weagle, Outstanding
Master’s Project Award. Alyssa Williams. Suzanne Michelle Williams. Edward P. Wilson. Jenna Eude. Master of Education. Mikayla Layven, Outstanding
Master’s Project Award. Jessica Marsinchuck. Elizabeth K. Reardon. Ranita Role. Jake Thomas Sherman Watson,
Silver Medal of Excellence. Regan Walker. – Let’s give a huge round of applause to our graduating teachers. (audience cheering and applauding) Graduates you may be seated. I now call upon Dr. Patricia Walker, Dean of College of Health
Profession to present the candidates from her college. – Will the candidates for the
degrees of Master of Science, and Exercise, Science, and Nutrition, Master of Science in
Healthcare Informatics, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in
Physician Assistant Studies, and Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology please rise? (audience cheering and applauding) Dr. Petillo on behalf of the faculty of the College of Health Professions I present the candidates for
the aforementioned degrees and respectfully recommend
that such degrees be conferred upon them. – By virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Connecticut
and by the trustees of Sacred Heart University I confer upon the candidates degrees of Master of Science, Exercise,
Science, and Nutrition. Master of Science Healthcare Informatics, Master of Science Occupational Therapy, Master of Science Physician
Assistant Studies, Master of Science Speech
Language Pathology, congratulations graduates. (audience applauding) – [Announcer] Master of Science, in Exercise, Science, and Nutrition. Ashley Belargin. Dominic Russell Caparelli. Hannah S. Chamblin, honors,
Gold Medal of Excellence. Peter Arnold Dietrich. Patrick Delorio. Kyle J. Reveno, Silver
Medal of Excellence. Corrine Kathleen Lyons. Lawrence Thomas Nemhard. James Pascuine. Allie Lates. Kate Lynn Peligrino. Shawn Peters. Natalie Marie Rivera. Benjamin Edward Smariglio. Master of Science in
Healthcare Informatics. Shiefa Abdul Raiuf. Shawn Adger. Amer Hussein Ibrahim Algoney. Ruba El-Hafani. Nasir El-Rabi. Sara Aman Eljihani. Nada El-Kamash. Difala Fieze El-Koshi. Bassam Alkorashi. Hannah Alsufiani. Nofe Alsubai. Renee Amoco. Sy Choudry Bandarupali. Fatia Ballila. Fozia Omar Fulata. Moataz Ismael Filunban. Ellen Lagosh, assisted
by her son Adam Lagosh, class of 2015. Hayma Lotch. Alexandria McKenzie Lynch. Christine Machin. Motaz Saud Magrabie. Bianca McKidden. Sabrina Alexandro Navarro Lopez. Aluatobe Ojo. Indo Pathy. Megan Elizabeth Pollack,
Gold Medal of Excellence. Shakur S. Shakori. Marcia C. Wallace, assisted
by her mother Iolene Wallace, class of 1987. Croupa Sagar Yara Lagada. Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Ellis S. Badger. Ashley Elizabeth Barradeska,
assisted by her mother Lisa Barradeska class of 2009. Jamie Blackman. Kelly Marie Brigly,
assisted by her brothers Andrew Brigly, class of
2016, and Joseph Brigly, class of 2011. Veronica Bun. Khalia L. Burruss. Shawn Lawrence Coriglio,
Dean’s Leadership Award. Julia Ann Chapetta, assisted by her father Rocco Chapetta, class of 1976. Caroline Elizabeth Conte. Emily Rose Carici, honors. Erin Marie Kootz, honors. Angelina Rose Curcio. Briana Natalia DeStefano, honors. Kaylee Margaret Dyon, honors. Chelsea Mary Duffy. Stephanie Dumond. Alexandra Everly. Jennifer Amanda Edwards, honors,
Gold Medal of Excellence. Alexandria Elizabeth Gullo. Joanna Germin, honors. Elizabeth Haggerty. Janine Hanam, honors,
Silver Medal of Excellence. Adriana Joy Hatchman. Caitlyn Kazinski, honors. Taylor Lawter. Jennifer Ann Lee. Sara McDonald. Julia Ashlynn Martin. Gianna Rose Maruchi, honors. Jordan Macaulay. Andrew Akira McKay. Kristin Marie Morrow. Ray Ann Nazack. Alyssa Suzanne Pierce. Kelsey Margaret Purst. Ryan Michael Pomroy. Colleen Quinn. Kelly Ann Quinn. Caitlyn Marie Romaine. Michelle Theresa Roy. Lauren Elizabeth Silver. Angela R. Terrero. Sara Elizabeth Tatora. Jennifer Villalonga. Lauren Ashley Windaborn. Emily Marie Westoff. Jillian Whitney. Master of Science in
Physician Assistant Studies. Madison Altwiess. Derrick Francis Angevski. Mark Branton. Nicole Elizabeth Carroll. Ashley Nicole Akito Katapang. Kimberly Poi Lei Chan. Kanwan Garly. Hassam Shaheed Greenage. Gabriel Holland. Connie Kim. Alina Melnick. Brianne Elizabeth Lund. Coleen Marie Mannah. Sara Allison McCade. Sage Ann Mealy, assisted
by her sister Alyssa Mealy, class of 2012. Sara Nasir. Vera Orlando. Ashley Nicole Piccara. Qiana Pham. Michelle Deann Piasente. Carla Emanuel Profit. Natalie Secksinian. Jenny Shar. Erica Stolarz. Kathleen Tran. Dennis True. Nicole Hilary Halshun Valdez. Molly Vertaramie. Christina Joy Lieber. Anastasia Zacrova. Master of Science in
Speech Language Pathology. Noella Alessandro. Miriona Basalu. Katie Bednars, honors. Angela T. Chambriello,
assisted by her father Lawrence Chambriello, class of 1993. Lauren Criniti, honors,
Gold Medal of Excellence. Julie Catherine Ducarmo. Cara Doyle. Rebecca Nicole Dupre. Abigail Enwright, honors,
Silver Medal of Excellence, assisted by her father Peter Foxen Sr. Alexandra Phillicone. Regan Fisher. Analise Gaffney, Dean’s Leadership Award. Alicia Garamay. Jacqueline Hernandez Flores. Alyssa Hughes. Nicole Elizabeth Johnson. Sara Joseph. Aubrey Cascher, honors. Caitlyn Kinney. Kimberly Legasse. Colleen Latzko. Kayla Claire Layden,
assisted by her sister Emily Layden, class of 2017. Sydney Margaret Lima. Michelle Maka, honors. Sara McNicholas. Ryan Patrick Mertha. Jamie O’Neal, honors. Robin Petrillo, honors. Jacqueline Pfeiffer. Shay Lynn Regan. Emily Rose Segal, honors. Alyssa Nicole Scybo. Kelsey Elizabeth Spenson. Michelle Louise Tatora. Paula Christina Turdine. Katie Verastro. Robin G. Warren. Angel Gabriel Zamora. – [Rupendra] Let’s have
another round of applause for College of Health
Profession graduates. (audience cheering and applauding) I now call upon Dr. Mary Alice Donius Dean of College of
Nursing who will present the candidates for master’s
degree from her college. – Will the candidates for the degree of Master of Science
in Nursing please rise? (audience cheering and applauding) President Petillo on behalf of the faculty of the College of Nursing I present the candidates for
the aforementioned degree and respectfully recommend
that such a degree be conferred upon them. – By virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Connecticut
and by the trustees of Sacred Heart University I confer upon the candidates the degrees of Master of Science in
Nursing, congratulations. (audience cheering and applauding) – [Announcer] Master’s
of Science in Nursing. Sandra Ashilas. Jessica Akin, honors. Sharon Marie Alkashad, honors. Sandra Lynn Armetis. Christina Palvo Babina. Joseph Finzano Barry. Kelly Michelle Bell. Sasha Bennett. Amanda Lynn Benza. Ella Bembay. Caitlyn McKeon Berchel, honors, Outstanding Clinical Skills Award. Amanda Blanchard, honors. Kellyanne Bonifant. Carrie Ann Brennan. Danielle Nicoa Broshue. Gina Shalwonear, honors. Jean Marie Cozveechi. Christina Elizabeth Culler. Zaveyda Laruda Dabrey. Natalia Dobroski, honors,
Outstanding Capstone Award. Shannon Hope Denny, honors, Outstanding Master’s Project Award. Laura Deenacore. Lillian Pasco Dismarra. Marianne Carmen Diaz Raymond. Danielle E. Dunkowski, honors. Christina Drehelaski, honors,
Gold Medal of Excellence. Shawna B. Drowzed. Benjamin Espiritu Jr.,
assisted by his wife Rachel Espiritu, class of 2013. Kelly Elizabeth Flynn. Amy Lynn Fong. Suzanne Lee Francis, honors. Christina G. Fratis. Heidi Fernstall. Ann Marie Gianotti, Outstanding
Field Placement Award. Isabelle M. Nydeck. Altagracia Gomez. Tina Gold Gabalka,
assisted by her daughter Megan Gabalka, class of 2018. Diane Graham. Christina Marie Grakowski. Xu Ling Gua. Roger Kelsey Halbert. Taylor C. Hartman. Michelle Lynn Johanson. Jennifer Lynn Carcos. Bryn Lee Kesler. Sara Kanoche. Brandon Michael Coulak. Mary Ellen Wang. Michelle Lynn Lease. Andrea Corati Lesco. Alyssa Lidado, honors,
Dean Leadership Award. Danielle Lee Mallory, honors,
Silver Medal of Excellence. Gina M. Martino, honors. Catherine Ann Maslin. Catherine Mary McCue. Sandra Lynn McKenna, honors. Danielle Lee Moran, honors. Christine Marusky. Cory Northfell, honors,
Outstanding Capstone Award. Foosay Ogenie. Mahidi Ortis. Miriam Oshima. Margo Robin Ott, honors. Kelsey Pinoski, honors,
Dean’s Leadership Award. Patricia Lonze Papacota. Stacy Lynn Pease. Sherry Reyes Perez. Audrey H. Peterson, honors
Gold Medal of Excellence. Nicholas Clark Picard. Alexandra Day Porter. Amelia Puchosk. Allison S. Reed. Maria Katrina A. Ricaulde. Louisa Sophia Rotullo. Sunny Yu Rugeri. Debra Marie Russo. Nalida Sabay. Yasmeen Dalila Santos. Laura Shack. Michael James Shelgenovich. Opal Therese Smith. Elizabeth Ann Souza, honors,
Dean’s Leadership Award. Margaret Starbard, honors. Linda S. Swirling. Jacqueline A. Tierney,
Outstanding Clinical Skills Award. Lori Torado. Jordan Tuttle. Tracy Susman Umbright,
assisted by her sister Kaira Umbright, class of 2016. Gina Valentay Lang, honors,
Outstanding Capstone Award. Madonna Wadalowski. Jennifer Walker. Wen Wu Wang, Dean’s Leadership Award. Amy Wargo. Benedita Yankee. Annette Loretta Young. Bethany Ann Zoufalay,
assisted by her sister Marissa Livend, class of 2016. Maria Guadalupe Thierman. (audience cheering and applauding) – Graduates you may be seated. Although my Apple watch just
nudged me, said time to stand. So why not everybody
stand and congratulate all the students, this concludes
the awarding of degrees. (audience cheering and applauding) I would also like to thank
all of our staff members who helped us in the reading
the name of the graduates, they are helping us to
keep this tradition going, so let’s give a round of
applause to all the readers. (audience applauding) Please be seated. It is now my pleasure to introduce to you Peter Johnson representing
the graduate students to give the student congratulation. – Good afternoon everybody. Well guys look how many of us made it across the finish line! (audience cheering and applauding) I’m happy to see so many proud and yawning faces in this room. (audience laughing) And very thankful that you
could all come out to be with us so early on a Saturday. God only knows how many
cups of coffee it took. It is an incredible honor
to stand before you, representing the graduating class of 2019. I, like many others would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the many folks who made this day possible. The Board of Trustees,
honorees, and special guests. President John J. Petillo,
deans of the university. The many hardworking
professors, the very people who helped us grow to reach this moment. The wonderful staff that
keeps SHU running so smoothly. A very special thanks to the Graduate School Advisory
Committee and Kathy Dilks. And of course to my family and
friends I’ll simply say this, you are forever and always
the well spring of my success, the very core of my heart. (audience applauding) Thank you. I came to Sacred Heart seeking a change. To gain mastery over new skills, and to open new doors for myself. And while I can safely
say with much gratitude to you all that that
much has been achieved, I never imagined I would be standing here addressing a room full
of so much potential. With over 1,000 students
graduating in this class, there is so much here. A plethora of backgrounds, of stories stretches out before me. Some who have crossed oceans to be here, others who have lived in
this place there whole lives, some improving upon a
long established career. Others who are just starting
out on a new path in life. I’m humbled to look out at this spectrum of heritage, experiences, and ideals. It’s bewildering to think
what every person here could have in common. What shared aspect could
tie all this together? And yet there is one
thing everyone graduating today shares, a single
commonality that unites this room in spite of the differences. Regardless of the challenges
and hardships they faced in earning their place
here, each and every person wanted to press forward. To press forward, accepting the challenge of mastering new knowledge and skills. To press forward through the
long often midnight hours of study needed to meet each exam. To press forward, facing each setback, improving upon what was needed
and growing as a result. Regardless of it being for
passion of a discipline, opening the doors to a better
life for you and yours, or simply seeing just how
big you can make it in life, you have the desire, the will, to get to a better place in this world. To climb higher than you
once were, and to make the sacrifices necessary along the way. That is what allowed
you to reach this moment and why today so many have gathered to recognize your achievements. So now what? Frankly I have no idea. Like many of you I’m moving
into uncharted waters myself. But one thing I can say
with great confidence is that it is almost
certainly a great idea to keep that drive going. To keep seeking to improve. And to keep pressing forward. As is Sacred Heart’s
intent for all its students you are now poised to make a difference in the global community. And that internal spark, a key and precious aspect of yourself will certainly serve you
well in doing just that. So harbor it, fan it’s
flames and always protect it. Because regardless of
surrounding circumstances it has won you this day. And I believe it can take
you much further still, to the next day to be won. Maybe for you that means a distant goal at the far end of a
new path of challenges. Or a much closer, more
practical accomplishment. Honestly I think most of
you just wanna be able to pay your student debt. Some of you may not even
know yet, and that’s okay. When you encounter a goal
that you can truly believe in the same inner fire
will flare up once more. Keep it burning until you are satisfied with the life that you lead. But, if I can make one humble request, that same drive, same will,
the desire to improve, ignited in another, one
day pass it forward. Because another commonality
everyone in this room has is that they have someone
they can thank for this day. Someone who passed that will onto them. To that end you are carrying
on that person’s legacy. A legacy that is continuously shaped and made your own through your actions. And while your ownership of that legacy may indeed be marked
by great achievements, in the end what will truly
define your time in this world as has been the case for so
many who have come before, lies in inspiring, the
same spirit in others as has brought you to this commencement. And improving tomorrow in kind. So pass it forward, to your
children, if you have them, in whichever way is best for them. To your friends and family
as those who know you best. To your colleagues as this will define your professional legacy. To those that look to you for guidance, as this will define your wisdom. Even to those at odds
with you as this will define your empathy. Hell pass it to the Starbucks barista if it comes down to that. The point is even if
it is just one person, that’s fine, as long as
you’ve truly imparted that drive to persevere
and make things better, as far as I’m concerned you’ve
done your job in this life. So while I encourage you to press forward, and to enjoy all the
success earned in kind. Remember whether in the here
and now with each moment of your life, or a distant
day in your winter years, whether to all those you can, or to a single, special
person, impart that same drive that got you here today
to one who will carry it into the future. Press forward, pass forward,
be you, be kind, thank you. (audience cheering and applauding) – Thank you Peter, it is now my pleasure to introduce Mr. Daniel Pascone class of 2006 bachelors,
and 2012 for M.B.A., and the President of Sacred Heart
University Alumni Association to offer the students words of welcome to their new status as alumni. (audience applauding) – Good morning everyone,
I guess afternoon now. And happy Mother’s Day
for the moms out there. (audience cheering and applauding) Dr. Petillo, Dr. Paliwal,
members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and fellow
alumni, thank you for allowing me to be among the first to congratulate the exceptional class of 2019. (audience applauding) Fellow Pioneers, it is with much pride that I stand before you
today to welcome you as the newest members of the Sacred Heart
University Alumni Association. We exist to foster a
life long bridge between the university and it’s 44,000
plus living alumni members. As the president of the alumni association I work with a committed group of undergrad and graduate volunteer leaders. Our focus is to plan and
promote a diverse range of activities to actively involve alumni in the life of Sacred Heart University. Our efforts on behalf of
all alumni across the globe are guided by a commitment to
creating enduring friendships, serving the common good,
having fun, advancing careers, inspiring life long learning,
making new connections, and raising charitable
support for the areas that SHU alumni care the most about. Our community thrives when
alumni choose to engage so I encourage you all to stay connected. A big thanks to all that attended the Alumni Association Barbecue at our own Great River Golf Club this week. And I’m really excited
to tell you about several upcoming alumni events that I hope that you will all participate in. First, our Pioneer 30
recognition event which is on June 7th on the West Campus. Next, each of our six regional chapters will be hosting a summer
series of social events to allow you to connect
with alumni in your area. So look out for communications
on those programs. And lastly, our flagship event,
Alumni Homecoming Weekend will take place October 4-6th. We have over 25 events
scheduled over 2 1/2 days, and there is definitely
something for everyone. So put these events in your calendar, and start making plans to come back now. As you embark on your exciting next step, I encourage you to embrace the knowledge, experiences, and personal
growth that you’ve endured as a member of the Sacred
Heart University community. I look forward to seeing
your alma mater pride on full display as you continue on a faithful path to success. Welcome class of 2019 to the Sacred Heart University
Alumni Association. Embrace life as the windows
of opportunity open for you. Congratulations and go Pioneers! (audience cheering and applauding) – Thank you Dan, audience please rise as we conclude our ceremonies with singing of our Alma Mater. It will be sung by Michaela
Vieira, Ashlynn Ybarra, Adriana Perigrini, Kevin Gilod, and soloist Timothy McIntosh,
the Alma Mater is found on page five of your program. Kindly remain standing
as Father Anthony Ciorra, Vice President for Mission and Identity offers the benediction. ♪ Hail to thee our Alma Mater ♪ ♪ Pioneers are we ♪ ♪ Sacred Heart’s proud
sons and daughters ♪ ♪ Stand in unity ♪ ♪ Oh swell, swell the chorus ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory on
our fields and in these halls ♪ ♪ Loyal hearts proclaim her story ♪ ♪ Red and white o’er all ♪ (clapping) ♪ Alma Mater will grant us wisdom ♪ ♪ Heart and Mind, renew ♪ ♪ Love and truth, her guiding vision ♪ ♪ Hail to SHU ♪ ♪ Oh swell, swell the chorus ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory on
our fields and in these halls ♪ ♪ Loyal hearts proclaim her story ♪ ♪ Red and white o’er all ♪ ♪ SHU ♪ ♪ SHU ♪ ♪ SHU ♪ ♪ SHU ♪ ♪ SHU ♪ ♪ Alma Mater, SHU ♪ ♪ SHU ♪ ♪ Praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ SHU ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ Oh yeah ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ Praise her glory ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ SHU ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ Oh yeah ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ SHU ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ Oh yeah ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ SHU ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ Praise her glory ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory, SHU ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ ♪ So swell, swell the chorus ♪ ♪ Praise, praise her glory on
our fields and in these halls ♪ ♪ On our fields and in these halls ♪ ♪ Loyal hearts proclaim her story ♪ ♪ Red and white o’er all ♪ ♪ Red and white o’er all ♪ ♪ Red and white o’er all ♪ ♪ All ♪ (audience cheering and applauding) – And so class of 2019 the
last word of today’s ceremony is a blessing, and we send
you forth with great affection with this blessing, entitled
Now I Know What God Is. A homeless man in Ireland
went from town to town until he settled down. And he finally opened a shelter
for others who were homeless and he finally wrote
this about who God is. I have seen a mother at a
crib and I know what love is. I have dazed into the eyes of a child, and I know what faith is. I have heard the pounding of the sea, and I know what power is. I have seen a rainbow in the sky, and I know what beauty is. I have planted a tree,
and I know what hope is. I’ve heard a wild bird sing,
and I know what freedom is. I have seen a chrysalis burst into life, and I know what mystery is. I’ve lost my parents,
I know what sadness is. I have been in prison,
and I know what want is. I have sat with the dying,
and I know what fear is. I have gazed into the night
sky alight with stars, and I know what the infinite is. I have seen and felt all of these things, so now I know what God is. And so graduates you have come
to Sacred Heart University and now you know where God lives. May you take what you
have experienced here and set the world on fire
with your passionate, Pioneer spirit,
congratulations, we love you, and God bless you. (audience applauding) – Thank you Michaela,
Ashlynn, Adriana, Kevin, Tim, and Father Tony, it
is my pleasure to invite all of you to refreshment in Limerick Pub immediately following the ceremony. And encourage your attendance at university commencement mass at 5:00 p.m. on our main campus. Will the audience remain in
place until the platform party and the faculty have processed
from the seating area. Thank you again, and congratulations on your achievement today. (audience cheering and applauding) (dramatic music) ♪ I am not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ No, I am not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ Hey yo, I’m just like my country ♪ ♪ I’m young, scrappy and hungry ♪ ♪ And I’m not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ I’ma get a scholarship
to King’s College ♪ ♪ I prob’ly shouldn’t brag,
but dag, I amaze and astonish ♪ ♪ The problem is I got a lot
of brains but no polish ♪ ♪ I gotta holler just to be heard ♪ ♪ With every word, I drop knowledge ♪ ♪ I’m a diamond in the rough,
a shiny piece of coal ♪ ♪ Tryin’ to reach my goal my
power of speech, unimpeachable ♪ ♪ Only 19 but my mind is older ♪ ♪ These New York City streets get colder ♪ ♪ I shoulder every burden,
every disadvantage ♪ ♪ I have learned to manage ♪ ♪ I don’t have a gun to brandish ♪ ♪ I walk these streets famished ♪ ♪ The plan is to fan
this spark into a flame ♪ ♪ But damn, it’s getting dark,
so let me spell out the name ♪ ♪ I am the A-L-E-X-A-N-D-E-R ♪ ♪ We are meant to be a colony
that runs independently ♪ ♪ Meanwhile, Britain keeps
spittin’ on us endlessly ♪ ♪ Essentially, they tax us relentlessly ♪ ♪ Then King George turns
around, runs a spending spree ♪ ♪ He ain’t ever gonna set
his descendants free ♪ ♪ So there will be a
revolution in this century ♪ ♪ And I am not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ I am not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ Hey yo, I’m just like my country ♪ ♪ I’m young, scrappy and hungry ♪ ♪ And I’m not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ I am not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ No, I am not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ Hey yo, I’m just like my country ♪ ♪ I’m young, scrappy and hungry ♪ ♪ And I’m not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ Everybody sing ♪ ♪ Whoa, whoa, whoa ♪ ♪ Hey, whoa, whoa, whoa ♪ ♪ Let ’em hear ya, let’s go ♪ ♪ I said shout it to the rooftops ♪ ♪ Said, to the rooftops ♪ ♪ Come on, let’s go ♪ ♪ Rise up when you’re living
on your knees you rise up ♪ ♪ Tell your brother that
he’s gotta rise up ♪ ♪ Tell your sister that
she’s gotta rise up ♪ ♪ When are these colonies gonna rise up ♪ ♪ When are these colonies gonna rise up ♪ ♪ When are these colonies gonna rise up ♪ ♪ When are these colonies gonna rise up ♪ ♪ Rise up ♪ ♪ I’m past patiently waitin’ ♪ ♪ I’m passionately smashin’
every expectation ♪ ♪ Every action’s an act of creation ♪ ♪ I’m laughin’ in the face
of casualties and sorrow ♪ ♪ For the first time, I’m
thinkin’ past tomorrow ♪ ♪ And I am not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ No, I am not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ Hey yo, I’m just like my country ♪ ♪ I’m young, scrappy and hungry ♪ ♪ And I’m not throwing away my shot ♪ ♪ We’re gonna rise up ♪ ♪ Time to take a shot ♪ ♪ We’re gonna rise up ♪ ♪ Time to take a shot ♪ ♪ We’re gonna ♪ ♪ It’s time to take a shot ♪ ♪ It’s time to take a shot ♪ ♪ It’s time to take a shot ♪ ♪ Take a shot shot ♪ ♪ Hey yo it’s time to take a shot ♪ ♪ Time to take a shot ♪ ♪ And I am not throwing away my ♪ ♪ Not throwing away my shot ♪ (audience cheering and applauding) ♪ I close my eyes and I can see ♪ ♪ The world that’s waiting up for me ♪ ♪ That I call my own ♪ ♪ Through the dark, through the door ♪ ♪ Through where no one’s been before ♪ ♪ But it feels like home ♪ ♪ They can say, they can
say it all sounds crazy ♪ ♪ They can say, they can
say we’ve lost my mind ♪ ♪ I don’t care, I don’t
care, so call me crazy ♪ ♪ We can live in a world that we design ♪ ♪ ‘Cause every night I lie in bed ♪ ♪ The brightest colors fill my head ♪ ♪ A million dreams are keeping me awake ♪ ♪ I think of what the world could be ♪ ♪ A vision of the one I see ♪ ♪ A million dreams is
all it’s gonna take ♪ ♪ Oh a million dreams for
the world we’re gonna make ♪ ♪ There’s a house we can build ♪ ♪ Every room inside is filled ♪ ♪ With things from far away ♪ ♪ The special things I compile ♪ ♪ Each one there to make you smile ♪ ♪ On a rainy day ♪ ♪ They can say, they can
say it all sounds crazy ♪ ♪ They can say, they can
say we’ve lost our minds ♪ ♪ I don’t care, I don’t
care if they call us crazy ♪ ♪ Runaway to a world that we design ♪ ♪ Every night I lie in bed ♪ ♪ The brightest colors fill my head ♪ ♪ A million dreams are keeping me awake ♪ ♪ I think of what the world could be ♪ ♪ A vision of the one I see ♪ ♪ A million dreams is
all it’s gonna take ♪ ♪ A million dreams for the
world we’re gonna make ♪ ♪ However big, however small
let me be part of it all ♪ ♪ Share your dreams with me ♪ ♪ You may be right, you may be wrong ♪ ♪ But say that you’ll bring me along ♪ ♪ To the world you’ll see ♪ ♪ To the world I close my eyes to see ♪ ♪ I close my eyes to see ♪ ♪ Every night I lie in bed ♪ ♪ The brightest colors fill my head ♪ ♪ A million dreams are keeping me awake ♪ ♪ A million dreams, a million dreams ♪ ♪ I think of what the world could be ♪ ♪ A vision of the one I see ♪ ♪ A million dreams is
all it’s gonna take ♪ ♪ A million dreams for the
world we’re gonna make ♪ ♪ For the world we’re gonna make ♪ (audience cheering and applauding)