WCOB Holds 15th Commencement in Luxembourg

News Story: November 21, 2013

On Saturday, June 9, the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University held its Fifteenth Commencement Exercises for students earning master’s degrees (MBA) and graduate professional certificates at the University’s campus in Luxembourg. This year, 12 students representing 10 countries graduated.

At the ceremonies, the University presented Father Jan Peters, a Jesuit educator from the Netherlands and the former president of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa. The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Stephen Brown, dean of the John F. Welch College of Business. Dr. Anthony J. Cernera, president of the University, presented the diplomas.

"Every year, Sacred Heart University honors its graduates by publicly acknowledging and celebrating their efforts in the MBA and certificate programs. This ceremony also symbolizes the close ties that Sacred Heart University has been fortunate to establish with this wonderful country over the last 16 years,” Dr. Cernera said. He added, “This is the first year that the John F. Welch College of Business delivers diplomas under the prestigious AACSB accreditation.”

Laura Falletta, an Italian citizen living in Luxembourg and working for ExxonMobil, was the valedictorian and recipient of the Gold Medal of Excellence this year. During her MBA program, she maintained an almost perfect “A” academic average. A second award, the Silver Medal of Excellence, went to Tom Bernardy, employed by the Bank of New York. In addition, Diane Longden received the Dean’s Leadership Award.

MBA graduates included Tom Bernardy, My-Anh Duong, Laura Falletta, Elaine Fernandes, Eleftheria Koufogeorgou, Diane Longden, Claude Luja, Alicia Pellicer Bockel, and Andrea Tranquillini. Earning graduate certificates in Finance were Michael Schmitt and Reidun Valo, and in Leadership, Sylvain Willaume-Lang.

In 1991, Sacred Heart University made the strategic decision to cross the Atlantic and set up a European campus in Luxembourg. For well over a decade, the Luxembourg team has been delivering challenging programs to professionals and students who represent over 30 nationalities. In January 2007, the John F. Welch College of Business earned accreditation by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It joined an elite membership of fewer than 10 percent of business schools worldwide. AACSB International is considered the premier global accrediting body for schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.