Thomas Ross, of Patterson, Recognized by Assumption for Exceptional Service and Leadership

Thomas Ross, of Patterson, Recognized by Assumption for Exceptional Service and Leadership


WORCESTER, MA (05/24/2023)– In recognition of their commitment to service, 21 members of the Class of 2023, including Thomas Ross, of Patterson, have been awarded the prestigious Crown & Shield Award, which honors students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service during their four years at Assumption. Students were honored during a ceremony on May 5, two days before the University held its 106th Commencement exercises at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.

“Crown and Shield recipients are the students who have exemplified the mission of Assumption University during their time on campus,” said Laura Pena Pantano, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs. “These students help to plan events, serve as ambassadors for Admissions and Orientation, build community in the residence halls, represent the student voice in SGA, tutor and support their peers, compete athletically, spread the mission of the University through Campus Ministry and much more. We are deeply grateful to our students for the role they play in creating a culture of service and for helping us build a strong community that inspires the students who will follow.”

Crown & Shield Award recipients are nominated by faculty, staff and administration for their exemplary service and leadership.

The crown and shield are two key elements of the Assumption University seal and the award, which has been given since 1952, recognizes graduating seniors who have protected (shield) and furthered (crown) in the interest of the student body and the University community.

Assumption University, founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, is a premier New England University for high-quality education, integrating career preparation and education of the whole person, drawing upon the best in the rich and centuries-long tradition of Catholic higher education. Assumption’s graduates are known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and dedication to the common good. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Assumption has undergone a series of major advancements since transitioning to a university, including new academic buildings, degree programs, and athletic facilities for our NCAA Division II student athlete population. The University offers 38 majors and 50 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, nursing, and professional studies, and other areas, as well as graduate degrees and professional credentials. For more information about Assumption University, please visit

Author: Harlem Valley News