2017 Commencement
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2017 Commencement

Congratulations to the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions Class of 2017!

Commencement 2016 photo


Paul Armstrong Photo“For the MSPO graduates,
1. To get the heel down, flex the socket.
2. The body was made to move not sit.
3. We don’t fit patients or make prosthesis. We provide people tools and guide their care to help them regain control of their own loves through mobility.”

-Paul Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Prosthetics & Orthotics




Jamie Auciello photo

"Life is a journey, not a destination. Also, never cut your own hair. Nor let a friend do it."

-Jamie Auciello, Collegiate Director of Academic Assessment






Catherine Certo Photo“My congratulations to each of you as you set out for a challenging, rewarding and exciting career in health care. Your responsibilities to the individuals you will be providing care must be paramount, your presentation, your commitment, and dedication will be reflective of you and of the profession. As you receive your degree, let knowledge be the key to your curiosity about the world outside yourself and the opportunity for you to change your world.”


-Catherine Certo, Professor of Physical Therapy




Doug Dix photo
"Folks, I've enjoyed our time together, and I suspect I've learned more from you than vice versa. Thanks for that, and for your enthusiasm and enormous potential. You really are our future, and I'm confident because of that. Live fully, follow your hearts, hold hands when crossing the street, and always look both ways. Best Wishes."

-Doug Dix, Professor of Biology and Clinical Laboratory Science





Karen Duhamel photo

"It was a privilege to serve as an academic conduit to your advanced nursing education. May you transform your patients' well-being as you have been transformed!"

-Karen Duhamel, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing






Michael Goemans Photo

“It has been my greatest pleasure getting to know each of you over the past few years. Watching you develop and mature throughout your time here at the University of Hartford has brought me much joy and elation. I have no doubt that each of you will play a significant role in helping to shape our society for the better and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”

-Michael Goemans, Collegiate Director of Student Success




David Goldenberg Photo"My mother was fond of saying, '…there is nothing so permanent as change.' As you head out on careers in education and the healing arts, I am struck by the pace of change that is taking place in society. Inevitably we feel it in the delivery of services – whether that be education or health – and we feel it in the expectations of society upon us. If change is all around us, then we must keep our eyes open to see it and the opportunities that will arise. The world you enter needs leaders who will sense the changes and lead the changes. Be part of that process and allow your career to excel no matter what direction it may take you. Best wishes."

-David Goldenberg, Dean of the College


Sarah Hart Portrait

"Whatever questions remain following your time at the University, I hope you travel the world to find the answers. All the best"

-Sarah Hart, Visiting Instructor of Special Education






Daniel Lee photo

"I am proud to know that you will be the future professionals of the rehabilitative sciences. Your knowledge, skills, and motivation will help shape the future of healthcare for the next generation. I look forward to seeing you grow as professionals, and know you are always welcome here."

-Daniel Lee, Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences






Colleen Muñoz photo

“Congratulations graduates! We are so proud of you and cannot wait to hear about the great things you will accomplish in the future. In your steps forward, remember to be confident as you have many strengths, but always practice perseverance and humility.” 

Colleen Muñoz, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences




Claudia Oakes photo

"Trust your instincts."

-Claudia Oakes, Associate Professor of Health Science









Peter Oliver photo

“Dear Graduates, I encourage you to reflect from time to time on everything that has happened to get you to this moment – the good and the not so good – it all had its place in making you who you are today. Appreciate the efforts and sacrifices of those who helped to make this day possible (including you). Love fiercely and follow your heart to where it knows you belong – this is your life!”

-Peter Oliver, Associate Professor of Education, Psychology, and Human Development


Sheetal Sood Photo

"Congratulations on your well-deserved success. I am sure that today will be only the first of many proud, successful moments for you. Best wishes for your future."

– Sheetal Sood, Associate Professor of Special Education






Donn Weinholtz photo

“I wish you the very best as you move forward with your lives and your careers. Education and the various health professions offer wonderfully satisfying and meaningful work opportunities. Make the most of yours!”

-Donn Weinholtz, Professor of Educational Leadership





Michael Wininger photo

“Thanks to all the students who made teaching a blast. Hoping you will come back and tell us all about your adventures in professional practice!”

- Michael Wininger, Assistant Professor of Prosthetics and Orthotics