More than 350 students, parents, donors, faculty and staff participated in a new approach to celebrating student scholarship in the Grand Ballroom in the Westside Campus Center.
In the past, the schools of Arts and Sciences, Professional Studies, Visual and Performing Arts and the Ancell School of Business all acknowledged their scholarship winners in separate ceremonies in the spring.
For the first time, scholarship winners from the schools, along with the Division of Graduate Studies, were honored at a single ceremony during Homecoming Week. At the same time, donors were invited to meet the students who have benefited from their generosity. The effect was to show WestConn’s best efforts in an even brighter light.
“We have clearly advanced the impact and energy in this event, and I know that there were complex organizational and logistical challenges to be overcome in so doing,” said President James W. Schmotter. “The setting was perfect and the emotions genuine.”
Students and other guests gathered in receptions for the separate schools in rooms throughout the Campus Center before coming together for a ceremony in the ballroom. Each student honoree was acknowledged by name and collected a certificate to applause from the audience.
“The need to promote education is important because it is an investment in the very thing that counts most for our country’s future: the educated population,” Dr. G. Koryoe Anim-Wright, vice president of Institutional Advancement, said as she opened the ceremony. “The audience seated here tonight represents our future leaders and our future source of entrepreneurship and growth. The investment in education by our donors is an important gift that allows WestConn to continue providing students with the key to social mobility. And for many of our students, these awards keep them on the path of higher education and an independent life.”