Sacred Heart University -25th Graduation Ceremony: A Night to Remember

36 graduates of Sacred Heart University began a new journey on December 9, 2016, after receiving diplomas and words of advice and encouragement from business leaders, scholars and classmates.

Dr. John Chalykoff, Dean, Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT), commenced the 25th Graduation Ceremony by congratulating the graduates and addressed, “You are graduating from a very special program, one where the faculty and staff have been dedicated to your success. And the Luxembourg students continue to be among the very best we have in Welch College. We will be proud to have you as alumni”.

Dr. John Chalykoff, Dean, Jack Welch College of Business, Sacred Heart University

Before the eager graduates were called upon to receive their diplomas, Ms. Kelsey Hopper opened the ceremony by singing the National Anthem of the United States of America.

Ms. Kelsey Hopper singing the National Anthem of the United States of America – ‘The Star Spangled Banner’

The keynote speaker of the 25th Graduation Ceremony was Prof. Georges Hubner, Professor of Finance at HEC University, Liege and Chief Scientific Advisor at GAMBIT Financial Solutions. After congratulating the graduates and the faculty, Prof. Hubner reminded the students that the real world is tougher and competitive and everyone should be ready to face the challenges.

Dr. Alfred Steinherr, Academic Director of Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg, then announced the conferral of degrees which were awarded by Dean Chalykoff.

Dr. Alfred Steinherr, Academic Director, Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg

The Gold Medal of Excellence was awarded to Paulo Fernandes and Caroline Louise Linel won the Silver Medal of Excellence.

Paulo Fernandes, Gold Medal of Excellence Award
Caroline Louise Linel, Silver Medal of Excellence

In his valedictorian speech, Mr. Fernandes thanked all the members of the faculty, staff and students and shared his memories of being a student of SHU.

Paulo Fernandes, 2016 Valedictory Address

Even though we are different in many aspects, today we are all the same. Today, we are all the same, with the same caps, the same gowns, and the same diploma. Today we are all 2016 MBA graduates from Sacred Heart University! Congratulations!- Paulo Fernandes

The ceremony concluded with a private cocktail dinner enjoyed by all graduates, SHU Alumni, family members and guests.

Presenting the Graduates of the SHU Jack Welch College of Business, Class of 2016

Master of Business Administration

Giridhar Allem
Jefferson Marcon Avelino
Maria Del Rosario Cleofe Chavez Cortez
Sarah Boyes Derengowski
Brian De Witt
Cristian Dumitrescu
Paulo Fernandes Da Cunha
Raquel Franco
Matthieu Goy
Beatrice Guerrier
Mounir Hilal
Konstanze Hoellermann
Maria Hols
Venkatesh Komarvolu
Isabelle Lentz
Caroline Louise Linel
Lyu Liufeng
Iría Martínez
Tanya Natasha McEvoy
Fabián Andrés Mejía Pinto
Piotr Piotrkowski
Sambhav Puri
Liga Purina
Danijela Radic
Tatiana Rangel Zárate
Vishal Sharma
Siddhartha Shukla
Monika Singh
Andrii Tkachenko
Halyna Tkachenko
Martin Weinhold
Yi Chen Yeo

Graduate Professional Certificate

Laura Bragagia- Corporate Finance
Sara Gentile-Modern Business Management
Filipa Grancho- Modern Business Management
Calogero Nicosia- Risk Management