Commencement ceremonies are being held this weekend at Western Connecticut State University. Tonight, 160 graduate students will receive their degrees at the O'Neill Center on the Westside campus.
Commencement ceremonies for graduate students will feature remarks by the president and chief executive officer of the Western Connecticut Health Network, Dr John Murphy. West Conn has recognized Murphy for his exemplary leadership and innovation in health care administration as the recipient of the university’s 2011 Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The first physician to serve Danbury Hospital as its president and CEO will deliver the commencement address at 7 pm at the O'Neill Center on the Westside campus.
Commencement ceremonies for 1,155 undergraduate students will have two addresses. One will be from Governor Dannel Malloy. The ceremony will also feature remarks by author and educational futurist, Anya Kamenetz. Kamenetz, recognized for her insights into change and technology, is a syndicated columnist and contributing writer for “Fast Company” magazine.
The undergraduate ceremony is at 10:30 am on Sunday at the Athletic Practice Field on the Westside campus. The ceremony will take place rain or shine.
Traffic is always an issue with commencement because it's the largest crowd that's on campus at any time of year. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. There will be shuttles from the White Street parking garage to the westside campus, where parking is limited. Shuttle service will start at 7am.