Massachusetts State University alumni gather in Washington, D.C.

September 22, 2023
By: Rebecca Cross

Worcester State alumni living and working in the Washington, D.C., area gathered at the Hart Senate Office Building on September 13 for the first Massachusetts State University Alumni Gathering since 2017. The event, sponsored by the Massachusetts Council of State University Presidents, brought together more than 50 representatives and alumni from nine state universities—Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Salem State University, Westfield State University, and Worcester State University, which brought a delegation of 20 alumni and staff.

Worcester State alumni spoke with President Barry M. Maloney and were able to network with fellow alumni and U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, whose district includes the university, during the cocktail hour. The event brought alumni together in a celebration of public higher education as it also gave the presidents of the nine universities a chance to meet with key government officials.

“Our own Congressman Jim McGovern continued to demonstrate his commitment to Worcester State by being the only member of the Massachusetts delegation to attend the state universities’ event, where more than a dozen of our alumni joined those from across the system,” Maloney said. “I had an opportunity to meet with him separately, as well, and the presidents jointly met with both of our U.S. senators to advocate on key federal issues impacting our students.”

Among the Worcester State alumni in attendance were David Bedard ’74, a Worcester State Foundation Board member; Rocio Bowen ’88; Katie Commerford ’20; Andrew Etheridge ’19; William Cahillane ’91; and Brittany Rheault ’07.

Top image: Left to right, Rep. Jim McGovern, Andrew Etheridge ’19, David Bedard ’74, Rocio Bowen ’88, President Barry M. Maloney

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