Hometown: Chappaqua, N.Y.
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Meteorology
Nontraditional student Michael Lombardi received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College in 1974 and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1976. He worked more than 25 years in the corporate world as ... [read more...]
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2008 Commencement Highlights
More than 900 students received undergraduate degrees as their friends, families and loved ones filled the Westside Athletic Complex stadium on Sunday, May 18, for WestConn’s 110th commencement. Farooq Kathwari, chairman, CEO and president of Ethan Allen Interiors, told the graduates that “The new world has brought us many opportunities and also the potential for many conflicts. Globalization has raised the expectations of people all around the world — and if the expectations are not reasonably met, we will have more conflicts. And today, conflicts even in faraway places impact our lives here at home.” Kathwari, a noted humanitarian and advocate for peaceful coexistence, was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
At a separate graduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 16, in the Feldman Arena of the William O’Neill Athletic and Convocation Center, 236 students received graduate degrees. Fifteen educators received the university’s first doctoral degrees: the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership. State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was the commencement speaker.
As important as the actual degrees received are the feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction experienced by our graduates. Whether they enrolled at WestConn upon graduating from high school, after a stint at a community college or other university, or after decades in the workforce — every member of the Class of 2008 had something to celebrate at commencement.
This year, for the first time, graduates were able to tangibly express their appreciation for the support they received from friends and loved ones with the Stole of Gratitude. The white scarf-like garments adorned the gowns of several hundred graduates during commencement ceremonies before being presented in appreciation to loved ones. It’s a new tradition that’s expected to continue and grow.
To follow are highlights of commencement weekend, in images, audio and narrative.
WCSU Commencement In the News
Commencement Ceremony Speeches