On Sunday, Western Connecticut State University held its 119th Graduation Ceremony at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.

Proud Parents, family members, and friends all gathered at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on Sunday to celebrate the graduation of over 1000 students, as Western Connecticut State University said goodbye to the class of 2017.

My family and I were there for the second time in the last three years. Back in 2015, we were there to see my son walk. This time, we attended to celebrate my daughter's graduation.

The graduation ceremony was moved to the Webster Bank Arena back in 2015, due to serious overcrowding and traffic issues on the Western West Side Campus, where the graduation ceremony was traditionally held every year.

As in 2015, this year's graduation went off without a hitch, and aside from a few parking lot delays, traffic moved well into the arena, which made it simple and easy to get out also.

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The thing that amazed me again this year, is the way the ceremony moves along quickly given the number of graduates. Don't forget, each graduate is called by name, and must take the stage to receive their diploma. Given the number of students graduating, you would think the ceremony would last for days, but the coordinators have it down to a science. Within two hours, everyone had been given their degrees, and friends and family were headed for the exits.

Special congratulations to friends, Bob and Dianne Yamin of Danbury, who were given the distinguished President's Medal for their service and commitment to the University, and of course, congratulations to all the graduates of the Class of 2017 that hailed from 17 U.S. states and 127 Connecticut cities and towns.

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