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College Notes: Summer & Fall 2021
03:25PM / Thursday, July 22, 2021
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The University of Rhode Island in Kingston celebrates more than 4,000 of its newest alumni during its 135th commencement held over three days, May 21-23.

Two Berkshire County graduates have been accepted to Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., as a member of the class of 2025. Gracie Towler of North Adams will be majoring in electrical engineering and Kate Kerwood of Pittsfield will be majoring in aeronautical engineering.

Michael Maruk of Pittsfield, a student at Lasell University in Newton, presented at the university's Spring Symposium research showcase "The Invention of Now." The Spring Connected Learning Symposium is one of two annual research symposia held at Lasell University.
He participated in a video presentation, "What Does Conscious Awareness Mean To Me?" as one of Lasell's resident assistants.


Clark University in Worcester awarded 490 bachelor degrees, 501 master degrees, and 10 doctorates, and conferred three honorary degrees during the university's 117th commencement ceremonies this past spring. Graduates were urged to ask the hard questions, drive change, and even occasionally stir some trouble. Among the graduates were Audriana Esperat, of Pittsfield, earning a master of business administration and Setareh Margaret Rossman of West Stockbridge, graduating with a master of arts in psychology.
Maria Deblois of Readsboro was one of 147 students who graduated from practical nursing certificate program at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center this past spring. 
Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology conferred more than 4,000 degrees at all of its campuses in the 2020-2021 academic year. Due to New York state COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, commencement was celebrated May 14-15 in smaller ceremonies by college and were live-streamed for graduates' family and friends. Local residents earning degrees were:
  • Lukas Yelle of Adams, bachelor of science in applied arts and sciences
  • Evan Delmolino of Adams, bachelor of science in computing security
  • Eli Cunningham of Pittsfield, bachelor of science in computer science
  • Kevyn Harris of Pittsfield, bachelor of fine arts in film and animation
  • Jason Konowitch of Pittsfield, master of science in materials science and engineering
Springfield Technical Community College held a virtual graduation ceremony on June 18 to recognize graduates from fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021. Among the graduates were Nathan Turner of Housatonic, Jasinda Brooks of Pittsfield and Cassandra Redd, also of Pittsfield, who earned high honors. 
Nichols College in Dudley conferred diplomas on 245 undergraduate students at an in-person commencement on May 15, including bachelors of science in business administration to Brodie Altiere of North Adams, majoring in general business, and Thomas Astle of Pittsfield, majoring in sports management.
The University of Rhode Island in Kingston celebrated more than 4,000 of its newest alumni during its 135th commencement on May 21-23. Among the graduates were Monica Katherine Thomas of Adams, bachelor of science in nursing; Emmaline Elizabeth Cote of Dalton, bachelor of science in biological science and a bachelor of arts in Spanish, summa cum laude; and Annalise Ellsworth of Dalton, bachelor of science in animal science and technology, summa cum laude.
Tufts University in Medford awarded approximately 1,500 undergraduate students degrees during its online degree conferral ceremony for the class of 2021. The graduates from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering included Elias Sekkal of Williamstown, who earned a bachelor of science degree in quantitative economics, summa cum laude.
Will Dyer Kloman of Lenox graduated after majoring in rhetoric and minoring in education at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Kloman, the son of Alexander S. Kloman and Danielle A. Dyer, is a 2017 graduate of Berkshire School.
The University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., graduated the following local students this past spring: Emily McWhirt of Adams, Leigh Duffin, Heather Hassett and Emily Rada, all of Great Barrington, and Emily Kestyn of Pittsfield.

Academic Awards & Lists

College of the Holy Cross in Worcester named more than 1,451 students to the spring 2021 dean's list. Among them were the following local students: Molly Flynn of Great Barrington, history and political science; Alison Howard of Williamstown, accounting; and Pittsfield residents Joseph Cracolici, accounting and music; Lauren Daury, mathematics; Jena Kaddoura, political science; Daniella Santamarina, visual art history and psychology, and Samantha Scoco, political science and sociology.
Mary Hines of Pittsfield was named to the dean's list at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for the 2020-21 spring semester. She is studying media and culture and political science.
Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology has named the following students to the spring 2021 dean's list:
  • Maya Giron of Clarksburg, photographic and imaging arts program
  • Zachery Tatro of Clarksburg, game design and development program
  • Alex Currie of Dalton, electrical engineering program
  • Charlie Salinetti of Dalton, software engineering program
  • Ashley Martsen of East Otis, physics program
  • John Novitsky of Lenox, software engineering program
  • Chenyang Lin of Pittsfield, computer science program
  • Riley Schultheis of Pittsfield, computer engineering program
  • Nick Soldato of Pittsfield,  film and animation program
The following local residents were named to the dean's list at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., for the spring 2021 semester: Riley Nichols of Pittsfield, a May graduate who majored in philosophy, and four are Mount Greylock Regional School graduates from Williamstown: rising seniors Isabelle Bote majoring in art history, Samuel Dils majoring in literature and Jacob Hane majoring in classical languages, and rising sophomore Xavier Vilaubi. 
Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., named the following Pittsfield residents to the deans' list for the spring 2021 semester: Lindsey Coe, Julia Haddad and Sara Curry.
In recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, Emmanuel College in Boston has named nearly 900 students to the dean's list for the spring 2021 semester, including: Kostandinos Cami of Great Barrington, Autumn Duke of Housatonic and Nichole Lapierre and Cole Lander, both of Pittsfield.
The University of Hartford in Connecticut has named the following students to the honors lists for spring 2021.
President's honors list: Emily Rada of Great Barrington, Derek Alibozek and Mya Daigneault, both of Adams, Karley Deets of Lenox, and Emily Kestyn, Ryan Lapierre and Thomas Rabasco, all of Pittsfield.
Dean's list: Drew Demartino of Pittsfield, Caroline Hadley of New Ashford, Abigail Tynan of Pittsfield and Brayden Smith of Williamstown.
John Cosmus of East Otis was named to the dean's list for the spring 2021 semester at the State University of New York at Delhi.
Tufts University in Medford has named the following students to the dean's list for the spring 2021 semester: rising seniors Matthew Diamond of Great Barrington and Lili Mooney of Pittsfield, and rising juniors Maddie Albert of Lanesborough and Katrina Hotaling of North Adams.
Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., has named the following students to the spring dean's list: graduates Olivia Bresett of Adams, biomedical engineering; Steven Crouch of Adams, mathematics; Adam Hall of Williamstown, mechanical engineering; and Hannah Weeks of Pittsfield, Spanish and Hispanic Studies; and rising seniors Raphael Kummer-Landau of Great Barrington, electrical engineering; William Sohl of Pittsfield, political science, and Mitchell Stechmann of Pittsfield, American Studies.
Natalie Celebi of Pittsfield has been named to the dean's list at Purchase (N.Y.) College for the spring 2021 semester. She is studying creative writing.


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