SPRINGFIELD – Western New England University’s undergraduate commencement was held on Saturday, May 15. More than 480 students received degrees.
The top five fields of study for undergraduates in 2021 were Mechanical Engineering, Pharmacy Studies, Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Psychology.
In his remarks, President Robert E. Johnson charged the Class of 2021 to go out as global citizens and transform the world. “This journey that took place over the course of the last year has prepared you for that next stage and step in your life as you leave Golden Bear country and go out into the world,” he said congratulating the graduates as they join the more than 48,000 alumni of the University. “There were times where we could not necessarily see the end, but we made it. Each and every one of you hung in there. You are now prepared for the next step in your life. You are prepared for the journey.”
Graduating senior Autumn Kelly (Communication) gave the Undergraduate Class of 2021 student address, reminding her fellow graduates that “this journey has been long and hard, harder than we could have ever imagined, and yet here we are standing. Although each of our paths were different, we all landed here at the same destination, graduation day. Our journeys do not end today. New targets are in view like graduate school, the military, or joining the workforce and, like the strongest Native American warrior, it is time once again to take back that bow string, aim our crooked arrows, and reach our next target.”
The graduating class hailed from 27 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Graduates were also from Canada, China, and India.
Mina A. Abraheem of Natick graduated with a BSBA in Marketing.
A model for the “New Traditional University,” Western New England University (WNE) is among just 13% of private (5,000 students or less) institutions ranked among US News and World Report “National Universities” and a “Top 100 Engineering Program.” Known for its supportive environment and picturesque campus in Springfield, MA, WNE enrolls 3,690 students, including 2,552 full-time undergraduate, in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at its Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy & Health Sciences, and School of Law. A WNE education provides career-span agility through a curriculum grounded in professional/experiential studies, enhanced by the liberal arts, and enriched by mentored research that equips graduates to adapt and succeed in the workplace of the future.