To the Class of 2013: Welcome to Sacred Heart!

News Story: September 22, 2009

With a couple days of classes already under their belts, Sacred Heart University’s freshman class was formally welcomed at the traditional

President Anthony J. Cernera, left, welcomed freshman Joshua Avilleira of Jackson, NJ, during Convocation.

ceremony that marked the beginning of their college career. The Convocation and Induction of the Class of 2013 took place on Wednesday, September 9, with all of the pomp and circumstance befitting such a special occasion. The official ceremony, which was held in the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center, welcomed more than 900 students into the SHU family.

Following an academic procession of University faculty and staff members in their colorful and distinctive robes, the University’s Liturgical Choir and 4 Heart Harmony, under the direction of Dr. John Michniewicz, led the assembly in a performance of the National Anthem. The invocation was jointly offered by freshmen Karen O’Hare and Trevor Kelly, and a special student welcome was given by Kelly Leather ’11, president of the Student Government Association. Dr. Rick Magee, associate professor of English, offered greetings on behalf of the faculty.

Continuing a longstanding tradition, Dr. Anthony J. Cernera, the president of SHU since 1988, presented Prayers from the Heart to all new students. This volume includes both familiar classics of Christian prayer and offerings by members of the University community.

The culmination of this special assembly is always the induction by the Dean of Freshmen, Michael Bozzone, who leads the first-year students in a formal oath. In it, they pledge to make the most of their opportunities at Sacred Heart. The oath ends with a rousing promise, repeated three times: “I will learn!”

Along with the newly inducted freshman class, the University community will celebrate the opening of the new Chapel of the Holy Spirit this year. A year-long series of events will begin with the formal dedication of the Chapel on Sunday, September 27. Following the dedication ceremony, Chapel events for the entire University community include the inaugural Student Mass that will take place on Sunday evening at 8:00. Beginning on Monday, September 28, both the Main Chapel and the Chapel of the Nativity will be open for personal meditation and a number of regularly scheduled services including Morning Prayer and daily Mass. On Wednesday, September 30, at 2:00 P.M., the entire University community will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit in the new sanctuary. Special public events have been planned for the entire year including Masses and other prayer services, concerts and lectures.

In addition to the magnificent new Chapel, the SHU campus underwent major renovations and beautification efforts over the summer. New Sacred Heart University entrance signs now welcome visitors to campus, along with new light fixtures and an updated quad. Both floors of the science wing were renovated, including brand new chemistry and biology laboratories. A number of new classrooms were constructed in the Oakview building in Trumbull, and three floors of Seton Hall were completely renovated. The library is also undergoing extensive renovations to include a fresh exterior. A thorough facelift of the Schine Auditorium is already complete.