On the eve of their May 13 commencement, 16 members of Assumption College's Class of 2018, including John Brand, of West Wareham, were honored with the College's prestigious Crown and Shield Award. The Award recognizes students who have distinguished themselves throughout their tenure at the College in the areas of leadership and community service. Award recipients have protected (shield) and furthered (crown) the interests of the student body and Assumption as a whole.
"The very essence of leadership is the recognition that one has gifts and talents that can bring to life a vision that can be transformative for individuals, an institution, or society," Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. shared with honorees and their families. "That transformation results from the ability of a leader to inspire, to help people dream of possibilities not yet imagined. Remember that leadership is not about the accumulation of power and wealth or selfish aggrandizement. Rather, it is principally meant for the building up of society by being the advocates, supporters, and defenders of the weak and the little ones against all who oppress them."
Crown and Shield recipients are nominated by faculty, staff and administration for their exemplary service and leadership. Brand was a marketing major and economics minor. As a student at Assumption, Brand servied as a resident assistant and a head resident assistant; a Resident Hall Association advisor; helped lead the Genesis, START, Horizon and SEARCH retreats for Campus Ministry; was a service immersion volunteer on a SEND trip to Immokalee, FL; and participated in the Assumption micro-lending program, working with Professor Cary LeBlanc to provide micro loans to those in the greatest of need overseas. A nominator described Brand as "incredibly personable and relatable" and his "high energy and enthusiasm has inspired fellow students to come out of their shell(s) and get immersed in all Assumption has to offer." After graduation, he will work with the New England Patriots in their Event Operations Department and with Ace Tickets as a part of their game day staff for Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox games.
"The challenge for you as you prepare to leave Assumption College and enter the next phase in your life is to continue to nurture the qualities of leadership that you have cultivated here," added President Cesareo. "As leaders formed within the Assumptionist tradition, our world needs you to bring it hope by making society a better place thereby bringing about the kingdom of God. In this way you will be a gift to others."
Founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Mass., Assumption College is a Catholic liberal arts institution that offers undergraduate students 41 majors and 48 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies; as well as master's and continuing education degrees and professional certificate programs-each through an educational experience that is grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. The curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students-whether on the Worcester campus or at the College's Rome, Italy, campus-become engaged participants in Assumption's classic liberal arts education, exploring new ideas and making connections across disciplines. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, conduct innovative research, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills. Assumption graduates are also known for their thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community. For more information about Assumption College, please visit www.assumption.edu.