Local Students Receive Academic Achievements

MacLeod graduates WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) began its 150th Commencement celebrations with the graduate students’ ceremony on Thursday, May 10, awarding nearly 830 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Marissa Freda of Winthrop, Mass., was awarded a master of science degree in bioscience administration.

Julia MacLeod of Boston, Mass., was awarded a master of science degree in fire protection engineering.

This year’s graduate address was given by Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the first woman to serve in this role.

In her address, McNutt told the WPI graduates that, in her experience, people who will achieve the greatest successes are those who are able to “listen to the variety of viewpoints, learn from them, and build shared purpose. “In a fractured world,” she concluded, “I’m counting on your teamwork to carry us through.”

During the ceremony, McNutt and Glenn Yee ’74, trustee emeritus and founder of Pacific Can Company, received honorary degrees.

In her remarks, WPI President Laurie Leshin told the graduates, “With your talent and your WPI education, we know that you will do well in your career, and do well for your families. My charge to you, Graduate Class of 2018, is that you also be sure to do good-for your community, for your nation, for the planet, and for all those who will follow in your footsteps.”


DePaulo graduates from Assumption College

John DePaulo, of Boston, was one of 617 graduates to receive a degree during Assumption College’s 101st Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, MA, in which speaker The Most Reverend Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and evangelist who uses various forms of media, in particular social media, to share the Gospel message and one of the most-followed Catholics on social media, delivered the Commencement address. DePaulo received a bachelor’s degree during the ceremony.

Bishop Barron is founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic faith, which is now a nationally syndicated series. His website, WordOnFire.org, attracts millions and he is followed by more than 1.5 million on Facebook. According to Bishop Barron’s YouTube channel, his videos, which have been viewed more than 25 million times, provide “brief and insightful commentaries on faith and culture” that complement his weekly sermons podcasted at WordOnFire.org.

Bishop Barron has served as a keynote speaker at many conferences and events across the world, and is a bestselling-author on Amazon, having published 15 books and written many articles on theology and the spiritual life. Bishop Barron regularly appears on CNN, EWTN, FOX 1News and NBC News offering clarity from a Catholic perspective on significant issues.


Local students named to Lasell College Dean’s list

Lasell College announced the students named to the spring 2018 Dean’s List. Students with this accomplishment are full-time degree candidates who completed 12 or more credits in the spring semester, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. This semester’s Dean’s List encompasses a total of 707 students from all class years, including 126 members of the school’s first-year class.

Alexa Amato of East Boston

Sarah Biagiotti of Boston

Skyla Buonopane of Boston

For more information contact: Samantha Mocle, assistant director of communications at [email protected] or at 617-243-2386.


Local students graduate from      Curry College

Curry College is pleased to announce that the following residents received degrees on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Commencement Exercises in Milton, Massachusetts:

Renata Pinto of East Boston received a Bachelor of Arts degree

Cassandra Quinones of East Boston received a Bachelor of Science degree

Stephanie Rizzo of Boston received a Bachelor of Arts degree

Carmen Rugamas of Boston received a Bachelor of Arts degree

Social entrepreneur Dr. Navyn Salem, Hon. ’18 served as Commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree. Salem founded Edesia, a nonprofit organization that helps get high-quality “miracle” food into the hands of the world’s most malnourished children.

The College also awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to the Hon. Anthony M. Campo, ’79, Hon. ’18. Campo, an Associate Justice of the Superior Court in Massachusetts, is a Curry College alumnus and trustee.


Porsha McConnell graduates from BSU

More than 2,100 bachelor’s degrees in the sciences, arts, business and education were awarded during two ceremonies at Bridgewater State University (BSU) on Saturday, May 12, on the Boyden Quadrangle. It was the 177th Spring Commencement Convocation in the university’s history.

Alumni William and Denise Richard, both of the Class of 1993, spoke at the morning ceremony and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito served as commencement speaker for the afternoon event. They were also awarded honorary degrees by the university.

The following area residents were among those who graduated:

East Boston

Porsha McConnell with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

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