Newtown First Selectman to be SHU’s commencement speaker



FAIRFIELD – Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra has been tapped as the commencement speaker at Sacred Heart University’s 47th annual undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 19.

Llodra, who will also get an honorary degree, is not Sacred Heart alumna but was chosen for her leadership during and since the Newtown school shooting on December 14.


Llodra previously served on Newtown’s Board of Legislators and Board of Education. During her career as an educator, she has been a math and computer science teacher, principal of Northwestern Region School, interim principal of Newtown High School, assistant executive director of the Connecticut Association of Schools and director of leadership development and executive coaching for the Council for the Advancement of Standards and the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Linda Lambeck