Alexander Wilde of Weston graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University during the 121st Commencent at the XL Center in Hartford on May 22. Wilde received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and social science.
In all, 1,077 undergraduates and 102 graduate students earned their degrees.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivered the commencement address. Malloy reminded graduates that the ceremony proved that each of them, through hard work and effort, could overcome adversity and achieve. He told the students they should believe in progress and in the future. "We're a forward-thinking people. We internalize this concept--and then we get to work. This class stands as a testament to that mindset."
Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez told graduates not to sit on the sidelines. "As you go out into the workforce and forge your own way, build your professional careers on the values you have been taught. You are now the next generation of citizen leaders in our state and in our nation. Together, you can be the force of change that can keep our country strong. It is your time. You are tomorrow's leaders, and tomorrow starts now!"
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