Local Students Earn Academic Honors

Students named to dean’s list at Bates College

The following students have been named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the fall semester ending in [December 2019]. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.8 or higher. Though we have been delayed in sharing this news due to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that our pride in our students who reached this high level of academic achievement is as strong as ever. Congratulations to the 572 students on our Dean’s List!

Megan Krieger of Jamaica Plain, a 2018 graduate of Boston Latin School. Krieger, the child of Joel Krieger and Carol L. Dougherty of Jamaica Plain, Mass., is a sophomore majoring in politics and minoring in education and German at Bates.

Amanda Brea of Jamaica Plain, a 2016 graduate of John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science. Brea, the child of Santa M. Lara of Jamaica Plain, Mass., is a senior majoring in politics and minoring in women and gender studies at Bates.

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world. Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin. Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world.

Local Students Receive Bachelor’s Degrees from UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – Approximately 6,600 students received bachelor’s degrees in over 100 majors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as the university held a virtual commencement celebration for the Class of 2020 on May 8.

Below is a list of students from your area who earned a degree.

Hyde Park

Dezyre Lashelle Akins

Ariana Crystal Carr

Aaija Janae Coleman Hall

Gabrielle Nicole Hairston

Ashlyn Paige Melvin

Stephen Michael Rezendes

Sayed Khalid Shah

Jamica Plain

Wylie David Burrell

Jana Annetta Douglass

Nathan William Jewett-Wolf

Vikram Mayadas Norton

Charlotte Sedgwick


Jeremiah Castillo

Alexander Rafael De La Rosa

Nicolas David Fernandez

Greta Elizabeth Gaffin

Fedor Nikolayevich Panikov

Kevin Salazar

Cameron Eleanor Wilkie

Alexandra Elizabeth Zeigler

Pertile Named to Deans’ List at Bryant University

 Bryant University is dedicated to the pursuit, recognition, and celebration of academic excellence. Grant Pertile, class of 2021, from Jamaica Plain has been named to the Deans’ List for the spring 2020 semester.

“These outstanding achievements are particularly commendable as students have overcome significant challenges to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to excellence,” says Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy, JD, LL.M. “I am impressed and proud of their resilience, dedication, and innovative spirit.”

Congratulations to Grant on this outstanding achievement!

About Bryant University

For 157 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. Bryant delivers an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education that inspires students to excel. With approximately 3,800 graduate and undergraduate students from 38 states and 49 countries, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron’s. Visit www.Bryant.edu.

Emerson College Announces Graduates

On Sunday, May 10, Emerson College awarded 959 undergraduate degrees for the Class of 2020. The College is committed to holding a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 in person when it is safe to do so, at a to be determined date.

Isha Marathe of Boston received a BS degree in Journalism.

Abigail Akiba of Jamaica Plain received a BA degree in Media Arts Production.

Timothy Jordan of Jamaica Plain graduated in December 2019 and received a BA degree in Writing, Lit and Publishing.

The College launched an Emerson 2020 Celebration website to honor graduates’ achievements with more than 800 submissions from students, families, alumni, faculty, and staff, which includes photos, videos, audio submissions, and text. The website strives to reflect the many facets of the Class of 2020 and the wider Emerson community – its creativity, daring, thoughtfulness, irreverence, and humor.

Video submissions include well wishes from well-known alumni and celebrities in the entertainment industry, including actors Jennifer Coolidge, Henry Winkler, comedians Jay Leno, Bill Burr, and Steven Wright, screenwriter Adele Lim, actress Chrystee Pharris, and producer Kevin Bright, among others. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has approximately 3,780 undergraduates and 670 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. For more information, visit emerson.edu.

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