Local Students Earn Academic Honors

Costanza Named to Dean’s List at American International College

 Matthew Costanza, is among 463 students who have been named to the Spring 2019 Dean’s List at American International College. Dean’s List students are ful time students who have achieved a 3.3 to 4.0 GPA.

Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, doctoral granting institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts, comprising the School of Business, Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Health Sciences. AIC supports and advances education, diversity, and opportunity for its students and the community.

Mendez Earns Degree From Drew University

Iliana Mendez of East Boston earned a degree from Drew University at its 2019 Commencement.

Speakers at the ceremony encouraged graduates to celebrate who they’ve become, actively engage in the world and enjoy the fruits of it without sweating the details.

Paraphrasing a Jane Kenyon poem, University President MaryAnn Baenninger said, “See the pears in your life. Contemplate them. Savor them. All the other stuff is simply just not as important in the moment.”

Looking back on years “filled with opportunities to grow, to find ourselves, make mistakes and learn,” student speaker Alina Qasim said, “I want all of you to remember who you were when you entered Drew and who you are now. The person you are now is capable of so much more and school is the reason for that.”

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman went further, saying that the liberal arts education that the students received gave them the skills they need to help solve vexing problems such as global climate change, gun violence, income inequality, prejudice and intolerance.

“You learned how to collect facts. You also learned how to learn effectively and how to think critically,” said Whitman, who also led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush. “Those two things-learning effectively and thinking critically-are absolutely central to your ability to succeed in how to make a difference in the world. As the author Joyce Carol Oates put it once, ‘At a time when politics deals in distortions and half-truths, truth is to be found in the liberal arts.’”

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and 148 full-time faculty members, 99% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College of Liberal Arts confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.

Emmanuel College Names Local Students to Spring 2019 Dean’s List

In honor of their outstanding academic achievement, Emmanuel College has named more than 700 students to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Emmanuel students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester. The following local students were awarded:

Annabelle Aguirre of East Boston

Ricardo Jimenez Solis of East Boston

Emmanuel College is a co-educational, residential institution with a 17-acre campus in the heart of Boston’s educational, scientific, cultural and medical communities. Enrolling more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, the College provides boundless opportunities for students to expand their worldview through rigorous coursework, significant internship and career opportunities throughout the Boston area and beyond, collaborations with distinguished and dedicated faculty, and participation in a dynamic campus community. Emmanuel’s more than 60 programs in the sciences, liberal arts, business, nursing, and education foster spirited discourse and substantive learning experiences that honor the College’s Catholic educational mission to educate the whole person and provide an ethical and relevant 21st-century education.

Mung Graduates From Becker College

Fong Mung , of East Boston, graduated with a Associate degree in Veterinary Science, Veterinary Technology Concentration from Becker College.

Becker College is an undergraduate and graduate, career-focused private college, providing a supportive and inclusive learning community that prepares graduates for their first to last careers. Nearly 1,800 students from the United States and around the world live and learn on the College’s Worcester and Leicester campuses. With nationally recognized programs in nursing, game design and animal studies, Becker has been consistently ranked as a “Best College” for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.

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