FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Members of the Class of 2018 and new undergraduate transfers were formally welcomed to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield at the annual New-Student Convocation.
The crowd of students, faculty and staff heard from Gov. Dannel Malloy, who was the day’s honored guest and special speaker at the event on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
He shared with the students his own struggles as a student with physical and learning disabilities, but he said with the help of outstanding teachers and a devoted mother, he fought to overcome them. Malloy eventually became the first non-blind person to pass the bar exams orally for New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
“I embraced my college years, and it made me better and stronger. You will never have this opportunity again,” Malloy said during his address. “Here is the most important advice that you will receive for your college program: Get up and go to breakfast!”
The culmination of this special assembly is always the induction by Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Michael Bozzone, who leads the first-year students in a formal oath. In it, they pledge to make the most of their opportunities at Sacred Heart.
Each student also received a special Sacred Heart University pin.