Commencement Speakers Announced; First DPT Degrees to be Granted

News Story: May 23, 2007

35 Doctor of Physical Therapy Degrees, the First in the State, Are Among 1,813 Degrees to Be Awarded This Year

Vincent Kennedy McMahon, Chairman of the Board of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 41st Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 13th, at 11:00 a.m. on Campus Field. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

David B. Perini, Sr., chairman emeritus of the Perini Corporation, will address the University’s Graduate Commencement on Saturday, May 12th, at 1:00 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center. He will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Also receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Undergraduate Commencement on May 13th is SHU’s Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Registrar, Douglas J. Bohn.

The University will bestow a total of 1,813 degrees this year, including 35 Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degrees, 655 master’s degrees, 994 bachelor’s degrees, 53 associate’s degrees and 76 professional certificates.

The graduating class of DPT students is a first for both SHU and the state of Connecticut. SHU’s DPT program was the first
of its kind in Connecticut when it admitted its inaugural class in the fall of 2004. The program is fully accredited at both the state and national levels, allowing this year’s 35 graduates to sit for physical therapist licensing examinations anywhere in the United States.

A pioneer in television syndication, a marketing superstar and a high profile media personality throughout the world, McMahon continues to make his presence known as a leader in the broadcast and entertainment industries.

The graduate of a Virginia military academy and of East Carolina University, with a degree in business and marketing, McMahon joined his father’s company, Capitol Wrestling Corporation, in 1972. He later purchased Capitol Wrestling from his father and quickly became a pioneer in the cable television industry by leveraging the new technologies of pay-per-view and closed-circuit television for the first WrestleMania®. In 2006, nearly six million households purchased WWE pay-per-view events, placing the company among the largest pay-per-view event programming providers in the world. WWE television programming and products can be found in 130 countries.

WWE has worked hard to give back to the community, especially with children, education, and civic responsibility. In recognition of WWE’s work to support children over the past 20 years, McMahon was appointed in 2005 to the Make-A-Wish
Foundation of America National Advisory Council. WWE’s Get REAL program brings wrestling superstars to school children across the country to promote Respect, Education, Achievement and Leadership. A tireless supporter of those in service to our nation, the WWE was the recipient of the USO of Metropolitan Washington’s first-ever “Legacy of Hope” award for its extensive support of our troops and the USO’s Operation Care Package program. In 2007, WWE received the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award for its support of deployed service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. WWE also encourages young Americans to become informed voters through its SmackDown Your Vote® initiative.

David B. Perini, Sr., served as director, chief executive officer and chairman of the Perini Corporation, one of the nation’s top 20 construction firms—a leader in hospitality building projects and a major force in overseas construction projects for the U. S. Government.

President of the Perini Memorial Foundation, he and his wife Eileen are trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where they established the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic in memory of their son, David Jr. The clinic provides medical care and counseling to enhance the lives of pediatric cancer survivors and research to reduce or eliminate the harmful side effects of cancer treatments. The clinic has become a national model for the treatment of cancer survivors. They also established the Perini Family Survivor Center which aids survivors of adult cancers.

Douglas Bohn began his career at SHU in September 1964 as an instructor of Mathematics. In his first years at the University, he taught every single student and today retains the rank of a tenured assistant professor of Mathematics. After seven years teaching, Bohn became the University Registrar. As Registrar and the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, he has shepherded every student through the graduation process since then. After more than four decades, Bohn is stepping down from his long-term responsibilities on July 1st, but he will continue to assist the University in the Office of Institutional Research.