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Commencement

Western New England University celebrated the achievements of our graduates on May 19 and May 20, 2018. Relive the memories through photos and videos. 

Commencement Videos

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    Commencement was streamed LIVE two ways. Watch with others, leave comments, and give us your reactions through Facebook Live on the University's Facebook page.

Commencement Speakers

  • Scott T. Stevens '77

    Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

    Scott T. Stevens ’77 is the founder of the Stageless Players Club at Western New England University. A native of Poughkeepsie, NY, Scott has led a varied career in theatre as an actor, company manager, choreographer, director, and producer. A member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association, his career credits run the gamut from starring in the national tours of Cabaret and Sesame Street Live (as Big Bird), to acting in Little Shop of Horrors starring Dom DeLuise, and the daytime soap opera The Guiding Light. As a multi-talented performer, Scott has been a mainstay in musical tributes and celebrations alongside leading names in show business, landing him on Broadway stages as well as those of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, working with such luminaries as Paul Newman, Bernadette Peters, Alec Baldwin, Carole King, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Bette Midler, Whoopi Goldberg, and many more.

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  • Ilana Diamond Rovner

    Graduate Commencement Speaker

    In 1992, Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Previously, she served as a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois from 1984 to 1992. Born in Riga, Latvia, and raised in Philadelphia, she attended Bryn Mawr College and studied law at King’s College-University of London, Georgetown University, and Chicago-Kent College of Law. In 1977, Rovner became Deputy Governor and legal counsel to Governor James R. Thompson of Illinois. During her time in that office, she wrote the Governor’s Executive Order banning sexual harassment in the workplace and oversaw the creation of the Governor’s Office for Interagency Cooperation and the new Department of Human Rights. She is also the recipient of numerous awards.

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