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Gulluni to be Keynote Speaker at WNE Graduate and Professional Degree Commencement Ceremony May 16

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021 - 12:00 AM Law , Alumni , All News , Pharmacy and Health Sciences

 

In celebration of the Class of 2021, Western New England University will confer Doctoral, Law, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, and Master's degrees during its 2021 Graduate Commencement Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. The themed event entitled "The Future is Ours, Let's Make it Golden" will be a high quality, high spirited virtual ceremony connecting graduates and their families as they watch from home.

District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni '03/L'07 will be this year's keynote speaker and will be awarded the prestigious President's Medallion for his commitment and dedication to building safer communities.

The President's Medallion award, established in 2002, is bestowed upon those who have distinguished themselves in a particular field or in service to an important cause that has benefitted society locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally. The President's Medallion also recognizes men and women in diverse fields who are role models worthy of emulation by all.

A distinguished dual-degree alumnus of Western New England University, District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni was sworn into office as Hampden District Attorney in January 2015 and is currently in the middle of serving his second four-year term. He is a life-long Springfield resident who attended local schools, including Western New England University, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in 2003 and juris doctorate in 2007.

Gulluni had the benefit of witnessing his father's long career in human service and followed that example into his early career work with the Salvation Army, the City of Springfield, and as an assistant district attorney.

As District Attorney, he has promoted his vision of safer communities by innovative and significant investment in community building and outreach, crime prevention and education, and by focusing efforts on the smart prosecution of violent offenders. The Hampden District Attorney's Office has engaged with many community-based organizations, including Roca, the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, and the YWCA to broaden its reach and provide equitable services to all communities in need. His office has also initiated many of its own programs to engage youth, prevent crime, help people overcome addiction, and promote social and racial equity in criminal justice.

Last year, the Hampden District Attorney's Office created a young adult court named EACH, the Emerging Adult Court of Hope. This groundbreaking model engages young adults from ages 18-24 who are ensnared in a cycle of negativity and incarceration. EACH, in partnership with various community organizations and state agencies, was designed by District Attorney Gulluni to disrupt this cycle to which he saw so many young people fall prey. Instead of incarceration, the court provides intensive support and programming focused on the participants' physical and mental health, behavior patterns, housing, and ultimately the development of a pathway for careers through education and job training. The court is the first of its kind in Massachusetts and is already receiving national attention for its innovation and potential effectiveness with this crucial population.

District Attorney Gulluni was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the board that oversees the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance and administers millions of dollars of funds to victim and survivor organizations. Governor Baker also appointed him to his statewide Taskforce on Hate Crimes. He is also the immediate past president of the Massachusetts District Attorneys' Association.

For more information on Western New England University 2021 Commencement Ceremonies and to view live streaming videos visit wne.edu/commencement.

Graduate Commencement
Sunday, May 16, 2021
1:00 p.m.
Watch on YouTube