408 Degrees Conferred at Nichols College 2011 Commencement
Saturday, May 07, 2011, 9:07 AM
Complete List of Graduates
Nichols College 2011 Commencement Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 7th, under a large white tent on campus in Dudley, Mass.
The Killingly High School J.I.V.E. from Danielson, Conn., sang the national anthem and Director of Spiritual Life, Dr. Wayne-Daniel S. Berard, gave the invocation.
The Commencement Speaker was Keith Anderson ’81 DBA (Hon.) ‘07, chief investment officer for the Soros Fund Management, LLC, and its principal entity, the Quantum Fund. He told Nichols grads that “life is a marathon and not a foot race,” and that “your success will be measured by much more than money and job title.”
Other addresses were made by Valedictorian Krystin A. Kerekes (Barrington, NH) and Senior Class President Alexandria M. Hallam (Assonet, MA).
Kerekes said: "I want you all to remember that in giving your all to your career and your future, not to lose sight of the good or, the truth, as Plato put it. Don't forget about who was there to support you, and the things in your life that are truly important, the things that make you, you."
Hallam stated: "I wish to thank, on behalf of the Class of 2011, everyone who touched our lives in ways that are immeasurable, unfathomable in repayment, and unquestionable in our level of appreciation."
In addition, there was one honorary degree recipient: Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium Yves Leterme received a Doctor of Public Administration.
408 degrees were conferred, as follows:
1 Associates in Arts & General Studies
17 Associate in Business Administration
22 Bachelor of Arts
291 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
70 Master in Business Administration
7 Master of Organizational Leadership
Undergraduate academic honor designations are based upon the cumulative quality point average earned as of March 25, 2011. Honors status may change as a result of Spring Semester grade performance. Candidates earning the distinction of Honors were recognized by wearing a gold cord.
Summa Cum Laude (Cumulative grade point average 3.8-4.0) Magna Cum Laude (Cumulative grade point average 3.6-3.79) Cum Laude (Cumulative grade point average 3.2-3.59)
President Gerald Fels ’66 DBA (Hon.) ‘07conferred degree with the following individuals assisting with the presentation of degrees and awards: Chairman of the Nichols College Board of Trustees John H. McClutchy, Jr.' 72; Director of Enrollment & Marketing for Graduate & Profession Studies Rayanne Drouin; Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, Dr. Jeffrey A. Halprin; Associate Dean of Business, Dr. Libba G. Moore; Registrar Betin Robichaud.
Closing remarks were made by Chair of the Sport Management Program, Dr. Colleen Colles, and Professor of Environmental Science (emeritus) Dr. Richard C. Valle led the singing of the Nichols College alma mater.
Receptions were held for graduates after the recessional.
Award of Academic Excellence: for scholastic excellence in the Graduate program
Thomas M. Stewart
Arthur J.C. Underhill Award: to the student who best represents the ideals of Nichols College
Andrea Marie Braccialarghe
Dr. Quincy H. Merrill Award: to the student with highest standards of character and citizenship
Brandon S. Wallace
Trustees' Award: for best overall achievement
Ashley P. Robidoux
Faculty Award: for industry and consistent application
Sara A. Jette
William Steward Award: for loyalty, integrity and cooperation
Kevin A. Quinn
Colonel Conrad Founder's Award: for the greatest improvement by a student at Nichols College
Cristina Maria Capaldi
Robert Henry Eaton, Dean Emeritus Award:for dedication, service and commitment to perfection
Nicole L. Bowden
Clarence McKeen Award: for excellence in Marketing
Nicole L. Bowden Krystin A. Kerekes
Dr. James L. Conrad, Jr. Bowl: for institutional loyalty, dedication and service to Nichols College
William P. O’Malley
ZETA ALPHA PHI AWARDS
For Excellence in Accounting: Christopher B. Alden, Shelby M. Leone and Michele A. Saucier
For Excellence in Arts and Entertainment Management: Brianna M. Carlino
For Excellence in Business Communications: Sarah R. Rhodes
For Outstanding Achievement in Criminal Justice Management: David Thomas Carrigan
For Excellence in Economics: Krystin A. Kerekes
For Excellence in Finance: Matthew S. Andreoli
For Outstanding Achievement in General Business: Lindsay A. Hassett and Joseph A. Maple
For Outstanding Achievement in Human Resource Management: Holly F. Ventura
For Outstanding Achievement in International Business: Gerald M. Bojanowski
For Outstanding Achievement in Liberal Studies: Andrea L. Ferris, Sara A. Jette, Rebecca C. Smith and Daniel R. Vreeland
For Excellence in Management: Nicole L. Bowden
For Outstanding Achievement in Sport Management: Justin R. Savoie
Nichols College strives to develop tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business education. Founded in 1815 in Dudley, MA, the College’s business program is paralleled by a comprehensive program in liberal arts and teacher preparation. On the graduate level, Nichols offers a Master of Business Administration and Master of Organizational Leadership.