NEW BRITAIN – The U.S. Secretary of Education will travel to Central Connecticut State University on Friday to accept an alumni association award and meet with students.
US Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, 1997, will visit the CCSU campus on Friday, December 3 to meet with students and attend an awards reception. The CCSU Alumni Association has invited Cardona, a former university student, and he will be awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The award is presented to a former student in recognition of outstanding service to the university, service to the community since graduation, and professional excellence in their chosen profession. Cardona will be on campus from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
CCSU President Zulma R. Toro and student members of the Latin American Student Organization CCSU will meet Cardona at Barnard Hall before attending the reception and awards ceremony. In addition to the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Cardona will receive a special gift on behalf of the university. An original art installation created by CCSU art teacher Vicente Garcia will be installed at Barnard Hall, the location of the School of Education and Professional Services, of which Secretary Cardona graduated.
The artwork was commissioned by Toro after Cardona was appointed secretary of education and consists of a series of ceramic vessels and wall discs containing inspirational phrases in Spanish, which are part of the speech of acceptance that Cardona shared upon his appointment. The visit to the university will be Cardona’s first visit to his alma mater as secretary of education.