Capping off a challenging year for many college students, Bloomfield College conferred degrees for more than 270 graduates in six, in-person ceremonies held on the College Quad May 20-21, 2021.
Distinguished guests, families, friends and graduation candidates joined together for the in-person events on campus, as students walked across the stage to receive Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Bloomfield College.
The 148th Commencement ceremonies included remarks from Chair of the Board of Trustees, William H. Turner, III; Chair-elect of the Board of Trustees, Vernon Endo; College President, Marcheta P. Evans; and student academic leaders Steve Bifano, Carolanne Gibson, Quinn Hodson, Natalie Perlaza, Natalya Porcello, and Andrea Gabriela Sotomayor Proano. The Invocation and Benediction were delivered by Reverend Anita R. Wright.
Honorary degree recipients included “The “Real MVP” Wanda Durant; a “Hidden Figure” of the First Manned Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission, Marion Lee Johnson; and immediate past president of Bloomfield College, Richard Levao.
College President Marcheta P. Evans gave a rousing address inviting students to pay it forward, to choose something they are passionate about and become involved in helping others. "Use your education and your learned skills to be the shining light in your workplace, and in all your volunteer and other life endeavors. Let your actions be a message to others that Bloomfield College is a place where learners can write their own stories — a place where leaders are born, dreamers become achievers and success is duly reachable," said Evans.
Senator Cory Booker sent a video message to the Bloomfield College Class of 2021, asking for the graduates to help unite currently fractured communities.
Videos of the six 148th Commencement Ceremonies held across two days may be found at these links: Business, Creative Arts and Technology/Humanities/Education, Natural Science and Mathematics, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology.
Following the Commencement ceremonies, graduates and guests with smiling eyes continued the celebration among decorated caps, maroon diplomas, balloons and flowers.