December 20, 2014
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O’Brien earns graduate degree at UMass Dartmouth

Warwick resident Ashley O’Brien received a Master of Arts degree at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth graduate commencement on May 11.

Walls graduates from UMass Dartmouth

Kelly Walls, of Warwick, graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Visual Design Graphic Design at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth undergraduate commencement on May 12.

Stopyra receives award at St. Lawrence Moving-Up Day

Jonathan J. Stopyra, of Warwick, received an award at St. Lawrence’s Moving-Up Day ceremonies, held April 27 in Canton, N.Y. Stopyra, a member of the Class of 2013, was presented with the Writing Prize (Gender Studies). Stopyra graduated from Warwick Veterans Memorial High School.

The award recognizes students whose writing in any class enhances understanding of gender issues. Writing awards are given in four categories: creative, traditionally academic, suggestive or pragmatic interventions, and first-year program/first-year seminar writing.

Moving-Up Day celebrates student achievements in academics and co-curricular activities. It is a campus tradition dating from 1869, when it began as “Tree Holiday,” to add trees to the campus landscape. In more recent times, the day evolved into an occasion for the recognition of student achievement and a symbolic “moving-up” of students to chapel pews vacated by students a year ahead of them.

Rolin inducted into Connecticut College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

Matthew Rolin, a member of the Connecticut College class of 2013, was inducted into the Connecticut College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa May 18.

Rolin, a 2008 graduate of Toll Gate High School, is the son of Julie Merolla and Thomas Rolin of Warwick.

Phi Beta Kappa is the National Honor Society of Undergraduate Higher Education. Admission to the society is based on exemplary academic scholarship over four years of college; members are in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes.

Local students graduate from Bryant

Bryant University held its Graduate School Commencement on May 16. Among the graduates are the following Warwick residents: James Carter III, who earned a Master of Business Administration; Derryck Coleman, who earned a Master of Professional Accountancy; and Stanley Jarzombek, who earned a Master of Science in Taxation.

Bryant University held its 150th Commencement on May 18. Among the graduates are the following Warwick residents: Andrea Benenato, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting; Michael Steven Casinelli, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance; Michael A. Coscina, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship; Joshua D. Gilmore, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance; James Alden Lineberger III, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance Cum Laude; James Henry Look, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance; Jameson F. Maloney, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting Cum Laude; and Michael R. Shuster, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Management.

Local students graduate from Keene State College

Keene State College’s Commencement honored its biggest-ever graduating class, with a total of 1,219 degrees awarded to 1,146 students, on May 11. This year’s graduates included the following Warwick students: Ryan Gould earned a BA, Joseph Raposa earned a BA, and Mekahla McDonnell earned a BS.


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