Local Students Earn Academic Honors

Malvezzi Earns Bachelor’s of Science from Springfield College

Lauren Malvezzi of Jamaica Plain, has earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Human Services from Springfield College for studies completed in 2019.

At the undergraduate commencement on May 19, 695 bachelor’s degrees were awarded. Including the degrees awarded at the graduate ceremony on May 18, a total of 1,265 degrees were awarded over the two days. At the graduate commencement, 522 master’s degrees, one certificate of advanced graduate study, five Doctor of Philosophy degrees, 36 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees, and six Doctor of Psychology degrees were awarded.

Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Nearly 5,000 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.

Jamaica Plain Student Graduates from Saint Joseph Prep

Saint Joseph Preparatory High School held its seventh Commencement Exercises at the Robsham Theater at Boston College on June 6. Diplomas were conferred to 99 members of this graduating class, the Class of 2019, by Head of School, Thomas E. Nunan, Jr. The graduates and their families were treated to exemplary speeches from the Salutatorian, Sarah Gyurmey (UMASS, Amherst), and from the Valedictorian, Daniel Lotti (UMASS, Lowell, Honors Program). Lee Hogan, CSJ, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, offered the Invocation and Board Chair Dr. Carole Hughes, Senior Associate Dean/Director for the Office of Graduate Student Life at Boston College, extended congratulations to the graduates. Mr. Kevin G. Honan, Massachusetts State Representative for the 17th District, was the  Commencement Speaker. Rep. Honan, in sharing his appreciation for and dedication to service, encouraged the graduates to continue to honor and prioritize compassionate service and generosity of spirit in all that they do. In the attached picture is graduate Kate Nee (Penn State University) of Jamaica Plain.

University of Maine Announces Dean’s List

Matthew Flaherty of Jamaica Plain was among the 2,330 students at the University of Maine recognized for achieving Dean’s List honors in the spring 2019 semester. Of the students who made the Dean’s List, 1,649 are from Maine, 623 are from 35 other states and 58 are from 30 countries other than the U.S.

 The student who received Dean’s List honors for spring 2019, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Union College Announces 2019 Dean’s List Honorees

The following area students were named to the 2019 Dean’s List at Union College. Comprised annually, the Union College Dean’s List honors students who have a grade point average of 3.5 for the entire academic year and meet certain other requirements.

Carlos Piedad, of Jamaica Plain; Piedad is a member of the Class of 2020, majoring in Environmental Policy.

Elena Ruiz, of Jamaica Plain; Ruiz is a member of the Class of 2020, majoring in Anthropology.

Union College, founded in 1795 as the first college chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers programs in the liberal arts and engineering to 2,100 undergraduates of high academic promise and strong personal motivation. Union, with its long history of blending disciplines, is a leader in educating students to be engaged, innovative and ethical contributors to an increasingly diverse, global and technologically complex society.

Conklin Named to Union College Dean’s List

Bernadine Conklin of Jamaica Plain was named to the 2019 Dean’s List at Union College.

Conklin is a member of the Class of 2020, majoring in Russian and Eastern European Studies.

Comprised annually, the Union College Dean’s List honors students who have a grade point average of 3.5 for the entire academic year and meet certain other requirements.

Named to Dean’s List at University of Vermont

The following local students were Named to the University of Vermont Dean’s List.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Erin Gallagher

Nina Scheele

About UVM

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Committed to both research and teaching, UVM professors — world-class researchers, scholars, and artists — bring their discoveries into the classroom and their students into the field. Located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the nation’s most vibrant small cities and top college towns, UVM is a Public Ivy and top 100 national research university educating 10,513 undergraduate students, 1,542 graduate students, 826 certificate and non-degree students, and 459 M.D. students in the Larner College of Medicine.

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Fortin Receives Graduate Degree at 151st WPI Commencement

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) President Laurie Leshin and Board of Trustees Chairman Jack Mollen presided over the university’s 151st Commencement celebrations, awarding over 850 master’s and doctoral degrees at the Graduate Ceremony, held on the campus Quadrangle. Daniel Fortin of Jamaica Plain., was awarded a master of engineering degree in power systems engineering.

This year’s graduate address was given by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

In his remarks, Hrabowski expressed his excitement at being asked by his longtime friend, Laurie Leshin, to speak at WPI’s graduate commencement. “I’ve been watching the progress of WPI for a long time,” he said. “You’re a national leader in project-based learning, and you’re the alma mater of Robert Goddard. In my area, that’s a big deal.”

WPI awarded honorary degrees to Hrabowski and to Kevin O’Sullivan, who recently retired as president and CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives.

President Leshin congratulated the Class of 2019 for “enduring stress, overcoming setbacks, and pushing boundaries.” As students leave campus with a degree, Leshin said she anticipates they will continue to “break barriers and open new doors.”

Graduate student speaker Doreen Manning then gave her remarks. Manning, who received her master’s of business administration, told her fellow graduates that she took an indirect route since “earning a master’s degree had simply not been on my career radar.”

Manning said her worldview is different now.

“So as I leave the podium today, I will do so not only with a diploma, but with new insights into myself and my role within the world,” Manning said. “Yet even more important, when I meet with alumni in my position as editor of the WPI Journal, I get to tell them, with pride, ‘I’m an alum, too!’ “

WPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI’s pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more. www.wpi.edu

Students Recognized at UMass Dartmouth

The following local UMass Dartmouth students were named to the Chancellor’s List in recognition of earning a semester grade point average of 3.8 or higher of a possible 4.0:

Marc Almanzan

Camille Nichols

Local Student named to the Spring Dean’s List in recognition of earning a semester grade point average of 3.2 or higher of a possible 4.0 were:

Nicole Condon

UMass Dartmouth is a Tier 1 national research university that provides a private college educational experience and public university value. Dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success, UMass Dartmouth offers 55 undergraduate majors, 33 graduate programs, and 14 doctoral programs to nearly 9,000 enrolled students. Located on the SouthCoast, between Providence and Cape Cod, the university serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale. Follow UMass Dartmouth on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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