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408 Degrees Conferred at Nichols College 2011 Commencement


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






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.