Sacred Heart University celebrates commencement

The 55th commencement exercises for Sacred Heart University's class of 2021 were held on Wednesday. Additional ceremonies will be held on Thursday for undergraduates, with the events separated by school. Graduate students will graduate May 22.

Graduation events are being held on Campus Field through the rest of the week. 

More than 4,800 graduate and undergraduate students from the two classes will receive their degrees throughout the week, according to SHU.

“Commencement is a day to celebrate all that we achieved over the past four years,” said Vanessa Parrillo, the 2021 student government president and one of the speakers. “Sacred Heart has given us opportunities to learn, grow and succeed. I’m grateful to all of my friends and professors for everything they’ve taught me. Despite it being an unusual year, we were able to persevere and reach our goals.”