WSU announces parade involvement

WESTFIELD- Westfield State University will be joining the Westfield 350th birthday celebrations by participating in the May 19th parade with a contingent of walking students, faculty, and staff.

In an email sent out to all students and staff, Susan Lamontagne, Dean of Student affairs, encouraged people to sign up and take part in the parade despite the fact that it takes place after most students have left campus for the summer.

“Although the city itself has a rich history, it is not complete without Westfield State University,” said Lamontagne, “We are deeply connected to Westfield and we have the opportunity to ensure that the celebrations reflect the genuine influence of WSU on the community.”

Lamontagne added that, while the parade itself occurs after the semester has ended, she is hopeful that they can assemble a group of faculty, staff, and alumni to march for the university. Tricia Oliver, Director of Campus Communication, said that the university will not have its own float, but rather a contingent of participants walking or riding in vehicles.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and is estimated to last about three hours. Participants will be gathering in Stanley Park and in front of the Horace Mann Center at WSU and slowly walk towards downtown. Those who wish to participate must sign up by April 19th in order to receive a free t-shirt to wear during the parade.

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