On May 29, more than 100 McCormack Graduate School students earned a spring diploma at Commencement ceremonies at the TD Garden. Another 50 completed their degrees in December 2014 or will finish up later this summer.
Dean Ira A. Jackson distributed diplomas at the graduation ceremony and hosted the after-party at a local restaurant in Boston. “The faculty, staff, and I celebrate the vision, passion, and drive that have led our graduates to this day and to the influential careers that await them,” he said proudly to the graduates and their families.
This year’s degree recipients included five new PhDs including Kristen Porter in gerontology and Amy Helburn, Brandynn Holgate, Karen Monaghan, and John Quinn in public policy.
Each year, faculty select a group of outstanding graduates who have demonstrated excellence in academics, service, and leadership to receive departmental awards, many distributed at Graduate Convocation earlier in the week.
The following graduates were recognized for their outstanding achievement: Oceana Elia-Hintsa and Frances Burtness-Adams (Conflict Resolution), Matthew McWhorter (International Relations), Nicole Castillo, Julia Monturo Larson, Palma McLaughlin, and Sylvia Peters (Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy), Christine Howe (Public Administration), and Karen Monaghan (Public Policy).
Wade Cedar, Parfait Gasana, Elysse Magnotto Cleary, and Azure Parker (Conflict Resolution), Mai See Yang (Gerontology), John Curran and Krista Roche (Public Administration), and Ruth Georges (Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy) were honored for demonstrated leadership or service to their programs, communities, or fields of study.
Scholarship awards were issued to Bon Kim (Gerontology), Devyn Keith, and Patrick Lawlor (Public Administration).
Leah Blacken and Katherine Parker Cardinal (Management of Aging Services), Charlotte Carnehl (International Relations), Helena Berbano, Margaret Cahill, and Krista Roche (Public Administration) earned best capstone awards while Kristin Porter won the best gerontology dissertation award for her research on aging with HIV/AIDS.
Other Convocation awards were given to Maha Thaher (Conflict Resolution) and Charlotte Carnehl (International Relations), the second award for this Fulbright scholar from Germany.
We salute this year’s awardees and McCormack’s entire graduating class of 2015 on their accomplishments and distinction for setting the highest standards of achievement.