Newbury Celebrates 55th Annual Commencement Ceremony

On May 6, 2018, Newbury held its 55th Annual Commencement Exercises at John Hancock Hall in Boston’s Back Bay.

Newbury Celebrates 55th Annual Commencement Ceremony

May 10, 2018 – On May 6, 2018, Newbury held its 55th Annual Commencement Exercises at John Hancock Hall in Boston’s Back Bay. Students across Newbury’s four schools were awarded Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees.

After the procession, Vice President and Chief of Staff, Paul Martin, called the ceremony to order. He introduced Aahkeilah Rogers ’18 and Allyson Calderin Bobonis ’19 to sing the National Anthem. Deacon Del Malloy of St. John the Evangelist Parish led the invocation.

Newbury President, Dr. Joseph L. Chillo addressed the graduates and their families. “This is certainly a joyous occasion as we celebrate the academic achievement and the personal journey of the Class of 2018,” said President Chillo. He congratulated everyone for their successes while at Newbury and for completing their degrees. President Chillo also offered advice to the graduates, “I want each of you to think how you will leave your mark in the future and how you will make a difference in the world and the community in which you live.”

The student address was presented by Ansa Nisar ’18: “Four years ago, graduation seemed far, but with all the experiences and enjoyable moments that we have shared together, it makes it even harder to say goodbye.”

Following Nisar’s remarks, President Chillo invited the Class of 2018 to turn towards the live stream and wave to Nisar’s family in Pakistan who were unable to attend the ceremony. “As you all know, Ansa is something special and her parents should be very proud of her today,” said President Chillo.

President Chillo also presented the President’s Award – the highest honor which can be bestowed upon a Newbury College student, to Julia Leggett ’18. This honor is given annually to a student who best represents Newbury College’s commitment to academic excellence, lifelong learning and the betterment of society. “She’s been a role model in the classroom, in student leadership roles and as a student-athlete,” said President Chillo, “In short, she has made a tremendous difference here at Newbury.”

President Chillo and Newbury College Board of Trustees Chair, Margaret M. Winslow, then presented an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters upon John (Jack) T. Connelly, President and CEO of Longwood Security, who then delivered the 2018 Commencement Address.

Connelly told stories from his life, offering advice he learned throughout his career, to the graduates. He concluded with, “If you’re going to be successful you need to go out there and do that something you enjoy...something you can have fun with.”

The members of the Class of 2018 were then presented with their degrees by Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Frank Sargent, and officially joined the more than 14,000 alumni of Newbury College.

Newbury Trustee, Jean-Philippe Rollet ’90, was presented with the Alumni Achievement Award by President Chillo and then led the turning of the tassels. He said, “Learning is a lifelong journey and you are just beginning.”



About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens. 

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