David Whittle graduated cum laude from Western New England University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Mechatronics. The undergraduate ceremony was held on Saturday, May 20, in the Alumni Healthful Living Center. Approximately 600 students received degrees and several ROTC Cadets were commissioned as officers.
The top five fields of study for undergraduates in 2017 were: Mechanical Engineering, Accounting, Pharmacy Studies, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. The graduating class hailed from 22 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In his remarks, President Anthony S. Caprio challenged the graduates to use their educations for positivity: "You must choose to make a difference. You have responsibility for yourself," he said as he congratulated the graduates in joining the more the 45,400 alumni of the University. "You must create light around you and not darkness. With this attitude, you will be the leader in your family, your community, your place of work, and in your country."