Local Students Earn Academic Honors

Krieger Named to Dean’s List at Bates College

Megan Krieger of Jamaica Plain was named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the winter semester ending in May 2021. This is a distinction earned by students whose grade point average is 3.88 or higher.

Krieger, the daughter of Joel Krieger and Carol L. Dougherty, is a 2018 graduate of Boston Latin School. She is majoring in politics and minoring in education and German at Bates.

Bridgewater State Awards Degrees in Graduate Studies

Master’s degrees and certificates of advanced graduate study were awarded to approximately 900 graduate students from the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 at Bridgewater State University’s Graduate Commencement Convocation on Thursday, July 30, at Gillette Stadium.

 The graduate ceremony as the first of four held across three days. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 on Friday and Saturday. BSU was the only college or university to hold graduation at Gillette this year.

Speakers addressing the topic leadership included Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, BSU president emeritus; Rep. Stephen Lynch of the Eighth Congressional District; and former Sen. Therese Murray, the first woman president of the Massachusetts State Senate. All received honorary degrees.

Distinguished Service Awards were presented to individuals who made the Plymouth 400 celebration possible, even during the COVID crisis. They included Ms. Linda Coombs, Wampanoag historian and independent scholar; and Dr. Gary Maestas, past school superintendent of Plymouth Public Schools.

 Messages to the members of the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 were delivered by Keisha Garbutt, ’20, of Belize City, Belize, and Sunder Singhani, ’21, of Bridgewater.

Two academic awards were presented to members of each class.

Receiving the Distinguished Graduate Thesis Award were Joseph Gorman, ’20, of North Kingstown, RI, who received a Master of Arts in English and Emily Ryan, ’21, of Middleboro, who received a Master of Criminal Justice.

The Distinguished Graduate Research-Project Award was presented to John Scopelleti, ’20 of Scituate, and Melissa Harris, ’21, of Quincy, both of whom earned Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership degrees.

Graduates from Jamaica Plain were:

Charlie Martin and Jeffrey Smith

Jaffer Graduates from Commonwealth School

Benjamin Jaffer of Jamaica Plain graduated from Commonwealth School on June 11, 2021.

Commonwealth School, located in Boston’s Back Bay, is an independent co-ed day school enrolling approximately 140 students in grades 9 to 12. Founded by educator and philanthropist Charles Merrill, the school is noted for its intellectual energy, connections to the city, and robust art, music, and athletic programs, all supported by a close-knit school community. Its alumni include actor Hamish Linklater, diplomat and author Peter Galbraith, musician Evan Dando, actress and filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, and geneticist David Altshuler.

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