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University College Confers First Degrees and Certificates at Commencement

Fran Berger | June 06, 2012

This year's 44th commencement at UMass Boston marked a milestone for University College (UC) as it conferred honors on its first graduates.

Approximately 25 University College students received their master of education degree in instructional design and another eight received their graduate certificates in instructional technology design.

"As UMass Boston’s newest college and degree-granting academic unit, we are particularly proud of our first class of University College graduates," says founding dean Philip DiSalvio. “Conferring these first programs as a degree-granting UMass Boston college lays the groundwork for great things to come.”

Check out photos from University College's first commencement on Flickr.

UC graduates were excited to be part of the first class.

Florence Heng, winner of this year's Book Award, began her studies online while living in Malaysia, traveled to the United States to complete the intensive face-to-face portion of the program and returned to China to finish the online program, earning her place among the University College’s first graduating class in Instructional Design.

“The delivery of the program offers flexibility and the courses were wonderful," Heng said. "It is rigorous, convenient, credible and much needed, especially in China.”

She adds her newly earned credential to her master's degree of international economics from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and a bachelor's degree from the National University of Singapore. Heng will remain in China, putting her new body of knowledge to work introducing elder Chinese citizens to the world of the Internet and a technology-driven society.

James Bokesch was director of taxation in Ohio when his job was phased out. He retired but wanted more, so began to search out programs.  He looked at many but found the right match at UMass Boston.

“The program director was fantastic, very cordial and intuitive,” he said.

With his newfound skills, he was recently hired as senior education specialist at AAA Ohio Auto Club and is involved in course design and development there.

“When they saw my capstone project, they were incredibly impressed, as I am with UMass Boston. The other people they interviewed, they said, looked is if they were from high school," Bokesch said.

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