The graduation of the first-ever students from the College of
Pharmacy and a new combined ceremony for graduate and
professional programs made Commencement 2015 a historic
celebration for Western New England University. Beginning
with College Honors Ceremonies for Arts and Sciences,
Business, and Engineering on Friday,
May 15, Commencement Weekend
included an Undergraduate ceremony
on Saturday, May 16, a Hooding
Ceremony for Pharmacy candidates
that evening, and for the first time, a
combined Doctoral, Law, Pharmacy,
and Master’s ceremony on Sunday, May 17. Both Commencements were held on campus at the Alumni Healthful Living
Center and streamed live for those who could not attend.
At the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, graduates were encouraged to maintain bonds forged with
members of the University community throughout their
lives and to remember that success is most fulfilling
when it is shared with those lacking their opportunities.
Commencement speaker Anthony Katagas ’92 expressed
these themes in his address.
Katagas is one of the most prolific producers working
in American independent film, and winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture for his role in producing
12 Years a Slave. He delivered an inspirational commencement address and was awarded the Western New
England University President’s Medallion.
As a student, Katagas majored in Government and
was captain of the men’s lacrosse team during the foundational years that set the bar high for the team’s continued success. Katagas took time to acknowledge his
family and group of college friends who had come to
COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND 2015
USHERS IN NEW ERA
BY MARY McLEAN ORSZULAK G’ 10 AND JUDITH CURRAN