In recognition of their commitment to service, 19 members of the Class of 2021, including John Brennan of North Attleborough, have been awarded the prestigious Crown & Shield Award, which honors students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service during their four years at Assumption.
Students were honored during a virtual ceremony on May 6, three days before the university held its 104th Commencement exercises at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.
“The Crown & Shield Award recipients embody the essence of leadership and are examples of the transformative nature of an Assumption education,” said Deborah Cady Melzer, Ph.D., vice president of student affairs/dean of students. “These students, including John, have spent the last four years serving the Worcester community and mentoring their classmates through volunteer work and campus organizations, while excelling in the classroom, as they prepared to pursue vocations that will enhance the communities in which they live, much like they have changed the Assumption community. We are proud of these graduates, and look forward to witnessing the impact they will have long after graduation.”
Crown & Shield Award recipients are nominated by faculty, staff and administration for their exemplary service and leadership. Brennan graduated with a degree in computer science with a minor in graphic design. On campus, Brennan was an orientation leader and parent and family chairperson; a Center for Purpose and Vocation intern; a COMPASS student facilitator; and a Reach Out Center coordinator and tutor at the Nativity School in Worcester.
A nominator described Brennan as a “humble, authentic, dependable and caring student leader who is a fine example of what an Assumption education is all about.” He plans to seek employment in the field of software development.
The crown and shield are two key elements of the Assumption University seal and the award, which has been given since 1952, recognizes graduating seniors who have protected (shield) and furthered (crown) in the interest of the student body and the University community.