COLCHESTER, VTâ Leela J. Hornbach of Wilton (04294) graduated May 13 from Saint Michael’s College with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. On a perfect day for its first outdoor launch since 1979, Saint Michael’s welcomed several hundred vaccinated and distant guests as nearly 300 members of the even larger 2021 class of 437 members graduated in separate ceremonies in the morning and afternoon to meet state COVID safety guidelines. Graduates ‘persistence during a pandemic was a recurring theme in speakers’ remarks at the two nearly identical 90-minute ceremonies, the morning one for those receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, while the afternoon ceremony was for holders of a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree. Including graduates of August / December 2020, the degrees conferred on the class of 2021 at the 114th opening of the College include: 91 masters, 151 BS and 195 BA. Of these, 305 were scheduled to attend the two Thursday ceremonies – both of which were broadcast live so that families or graduates not at home can watch through a link on the college’s website. Several hundred people have logged in to watch each live broadcast.