Class of 2018 Achievements Recognized at Award Ceremony and Toast

On Friday, May 4, two days before the 2018 Commencement Ceremony, the senior class was recognized for their achievements.

Class of 2018 Achievements Recognized at Award Ceremony and Toast

May 10, 2018 – On Friday, May 4, two days before the 2018 Commencement Ceremony, the senior class was recognized for their achievements. The evening began with an award ceremony where honors program students and honor society members were presented with their cords and an outstanding student in each academic program was presented with an achievement award.

Dr. Frank Sargent, Vice President for Academic Affairs began the ceremony. He said, “You’ve all worked very hard to be here and, rightfully so, you should celebrate.” Dr. Sargent also took a moment to recognize the support friends and family provided as the graduating students pursued their degrees.

After the students in the honors program and the members of Newbury’s six honor society chapters (Phi Eta Sigma; Lambda Pi Eta; Alpha Phi Sigma; Psi Chi; Sigma Beta Delta; and Alpha Chi) were recognized, Dr. Laurie Gordy, Dean of Academic Affairs, announced each Outstanding Student Achievement Program Award Recipient. A total of 17 students were presented with these awards for their dedication and success in their majors.

Following the ceremony, Vice President for Advancement, Clare McCully, began the Senior Toast, welcoming everyone and encouraging students to remain connected to Newbury as alumni. Throughout the year, the Class of 2018 fundraised for their Senior Class Gift—a renovated ‘M’ monogram above the Mitton House entrance. The seniors surpassed their goal of $2,018 and raised a total of $2,245.

Newbury President, Dr. Joseph L. Chillo, also addressed the class of 2019, congratulating them on their achievements and wishing them success in their future endeavors.

Julia Leggett ’18 presented Cesar Cruz ’19 with $219 as a gift from the class of 2018 to the class of 2019 to serve as a jumpstart on the fundraising for next year. She then addressed her peers, leading them in the toast. “Everyone please join me in toasting the Class of 2018 towards a bright and wonderful future.”

The following students received Outstanding Student Achievement Program Awards:

School of Applied Science & Human Services

Whitney Teixeira, Criminal Justice
Kristjana Tutulani, Legal Studies
Julia Leggett, Psychology

School of Arts & Sciences

Alexis Desrosiers, Communication
Abdullah Jobe, Computer Science
Janelle Hales, Graphic Design
Sharifah Mukasa, Interior Design

School of Culinary Studies

Catherine Guinta, Baking and Pastry Arts
Kevin Nguyen, Culinary Arts

Roger A. Saunders School of Business & Hospitality Management

Yasmin Santtana, Accounting
Carly Manzella, Business Management
Michael Culbert, Culinary Management
Ansa Nisar, Health Care Management
Katherine Vu, Hospitality Management
Joshua Thorne, International Business Management
Gerald Overton, Marketing
Jacob Pringle, Sport Management

The following students received Honor Cords:

Honors Program Participants

Christina Babcock, Janelle Hales, Julia Leggett, James McGrorry, Joshua Thorne

Phi Eta Sigma Members

Christina Babcock, Ana Bueso, Christina Clifford, Alexis Desrosiers, Joemilynne Dimayuga, Edina Fontes, Edvana Goncalves, Janelle Hales, Julia Leggett, Samantha Libby, Carly Manzella, James McGrorry, Ansa Nisar, Joshua Qualls, Shakeeb Rahim, Yasmin Santtana, Laura Sikora, Joshua Thorne, Kristjana Tutulani, Katherine Vu, Amonique Wint

Lambda Phi Eta

Alexis Desrosiers, James McGrorry, Christine Nearen, Laura Sikora

Alpha Phi Sigma

Jessica Saravia, Whitney Teixeira, Kristjana Tutulani

Psi Chi

Katelyn Audette, Ana Bueso, Edina Fontes, Julia Leggett, Whitney Teixeira

Sigma Beta Delta

Joemilynne Dimayuga, Christina Babcock, Rodens Jean-Baptiste, Carly Manzella, Ansa Nisar, Collette Shahverdian, Abbey Shannon, Katherine Vu, Amonique Wint

Alpha Chi

Michael Culbert, Alexis Desrosiers, Janelle Hales, Tan Le, Julia Leggett, Samantha Libby, Ansa Nisar, Laura Sikora, Katherine Vu




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