I have been in Luxembourg this week for Sacred Heart University’s 20th Commencement exercises for students attending the John F. Welch College of Business in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. With me is Jim Morley, who recently took on the role of chairman of SHU’s Board of Trustees. While here, we had a meeting with the Luxembourg Board of Regents. It was great to have a chance to thank them in person for their efforts on behalf of SHU.
The graduation ceremony was beautiful, and the weather cooperated with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s. It was my great honor to confer MBA degrees and a Graduate Professional Certificate in Global Investments. In addition, we conferred a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Michel Wurth, senior executive vice president and CFO of ArcelorMittal, which is the world’s largest steel company. He is also chairman of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Union des Entreprises Luxembourgeoises and vice-chairman of the Luxembourg Red Cross. He followed up with a thought-provoking commencement address to the graduating class. The students, their families and guests also had a chance to hear from the incoming dean of the Welch College of Business, John Chalykoff, and from their fellow students François Roser, who gave the Alumnus Award Address, and Valedictorian Didier Robart.
This was also a special week for a much younger group of students as 32 youngsters who will be in first and second grade in Bridgeport in the fall began Horizons at Sacred Heart on Monday. Over the next six weeks, they will participate in academics, arts, cultural programs, sports and will learn to swim.
We officially launched the Horizons at Sacred Heart program with a reception on June 7. At that time, we heard from Paul Vallas, Bridgeport’s interim superintendent of schools, who emphasized the great things that can be done when entities such as SHU and the Bridgeport Public School system collaborate. Greg Middleton, executive director of Horizons at Sacred Heart, also spoke at the launch event. He shared that one 5-year-old program participant lost his mom during the past school year and, with no dad in the picture, is now living with his grandmother. As you might expect, this has been a sad and scary time for this young man. He is the reason why I am so excited to bring Horizons at Sacred Heart to this campus. We have the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of children who statistically might otherwise fall through the cracks. I look forward to sharing more news about this important program as we move through the summer.
Have a wonderful weekend and a happy Independence Day!