More than 200 students are slated to receive their degrees from the University of Hartford on Sunday during two different Fall Commencement ceremonies on campus.
Approximately 125 graduate students will receive their master’s or doctoral degrees during a ceremony that begins at 10:30 a.m. in Lincoln Theater. Nearly 90 undergraduate students will receive their bachelor’s or associate’s degrees at 2:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater.
The graduate ceremony keynote speaker is Donald Allan Jr. ’86, Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer, of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. since December 2008. Allan earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Hartford and is a certified public accountant.
Allan joined Stanley Black & Decker in March 1999 as director of financial reporting and was promoted to assistant corporate controller in October 1999. The following year, he was appointed vice president, corporate controller and also served as the acting European chief financial officer (CFO) for two separate periods totaling 18 months. In 2006, he was named an executive officer of the company.
Prior to joining The Stanley Works, Allan held financial management positions with Loctite Corporation (1995–99). He also spent nine years at Ernst & Young.
Allan is an active member in the community, serving as chair of the board for Boy Scouts of America Connecticut Rivers Council, a board member of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. He serves on the University of Hartford Board of Regents, the Barney School of Business Board of Visitors, and the Board of Directors for Andersen Corporation.
Alexandra Arroyo ’13 is the keynote speaker at the undergraduate ceremony. She is an associate attorney in the Wiggin and Dana law firm’s Private Client Services Department where she advises clients on trust and estate planning and administration.
Arroyo received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in politics and government with a minor in rhetoric and professional writing from the University of Hartford. While at UHart, she was president of the Student Government Association, a resident assistant, and traveled to India and Kenya with Engineers Without Borders.
After graduation she worked for Teach for America and was a second-grade dual language teacher in the Fort Worth, Texas Independent School District.
Arroyo returned to Connecticut and received her juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she was an associate editor of The Quinnipiac Health Law Journal. During law school, Arroyo was a certified legal extern at the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, she was a legal intern for the International Trade Compliance group at United Technologies Corporation (UTC).
The University holds Fall Commencement ceremonies because students finish their degree requirements at different times during the year and some find it difficult to return to campus for Commencement in May. To provide these students with a formal ceremony that celebrates their hard work and academic accomplishments, Fall Commencement ceremonies began at UHart in 1996 and moved to two separate ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students in 2016.