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Nearly 200 Graduate Students Receive Degrees at Commencement

May 15, 2017 Posted by: Sarah McMaster

With the sound of bagpipes filling the air, almost 200 candidates for graduate degrees in fields as diverse as biotechnology and elementary education filled the Sullivan Auditorium with their families and fellow graduates on Friday, May 12, following a tradition that began in 1974 with the establishment of the Graduate School at Worcester State University.

Degrees were conferred in 11 programs, spanning 31 different degrees. Associate Vice President for Continuing Education and Dean of Graduate Studies Roberta Kyle, Ph.D., acted as master of ceremonies. Greetings were delivered by President Barry M. Maloney; Board of Trustees Chair George H. Albro ‘65, ’68; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lois A. Wims, Ph.D.; President of the Worcester Chapter MSCA and Associate Professor of Communication Donald F. Bullens ‘69, ’75; and Alumni Association’s Advisory Board Vice President Danielle Williamson ‘03.

Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Russ Pottle, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address, focusing on the sacrifice graduates made to achieve their academic goals as well as the value of the advanced degrees they have earned.

Deborah Hall, who was receiving her master’s degree in nonprofit management, was the student speaker.

Albro conferred the degrees, and each graduate stepped across the stage to shake hands with President Maloney, who presented the degrees. Graduates were then hooded by the school deans and graduate program coordinators.

Sullivan Auditorium was at capacity with the families of the graduates, ready to congratulate them on their academic achievement. After the recessional, faculty, administrators, graduates, and their families celebrated at a reception in the May Street Building.

In all, 179 degrees were conferred during the ceremony, with Jeffrey LeBrun and Lan Tao acting as graduate marshals and Professor of Business Administrations and Economics Renuka Jain, Ph.D., acting as faculty marshal. (A total of 274 degrees were conferred for the academic year.)

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