College Notebook: Courtney Woods Receives Prestigious Award, Tewksbury Seniors Graduate
Jun 13, 2015 11:14AM ● Published by Kieran Gilman
Tewksbury Resident Courtney Woods Receives Crown and Shield Award
The recipients of these awards have protected (shield) and furthered (crown) the interests of the student body and Assumption College in various areas of leadership and community service. They were nominated by faculty, staff and administration.
"Each year, Assumption students selflessly give of their time and talent in service to the College and the surrounding Worcester community. Through these service endeavors, they develop leadership skills and refine skills learned in the classroom," said President Cesareo. "The students receiving the Crown and Shield Awards have been leaders who have engaged their talents among their peers on campus, among those they have encountered through the service organizations that they have led, and through the personal achievements they have accomplished by surpassing the challenges they have encountered through hard work, dedication, and perseverance."
Local Residents Receive Degrees at 147th WPI Commencement
The largest graduating class in WPI's history, 1,680 students, received their degrees beneath a large, billowing tent that shielded graduates and well-wishers from the sun that occasionally peeked from behind generally cloudy skies. In all, the Institute awarded 956 bachelor's degrees, 682 master's degrees, and 42 PhDs during its 147th Commencement exercises.
The following local residents recently graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI):
- Jonathan Grasman of Tewksbury, Mass., was awarded a doctor of philosophy degree in biomedical engineering.
- Andrea Caprio of Tewksbury, Mass., was awarded a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering with high distinction.
- Rachel Gerhart of Tewksbury, Mass., was awarded a master of science degree in civil engineering.
The Chairman's Exemplary Faculty Prize was presented to Kathi Fisler, PhD, professor of computer science and director of the WPI Cybersecurity Program. The prize, established in 2007 through the personal philanthropy of Donald K. Peterson '71, former chair of the WPI Board of Trustees, recognizes faculty members who excel in all relevant areas of faculty performance.
In her remarks, Leshin told the graduates, "Each of you - every young woman and young man in front of me - has the capacity, the knowledge, and the opportunity to make an impact."
Ashani Samuels Named to the Dean's List at Mercer University
Ashani Samuels, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, a senior, was named to the Dean's List of Mercer University's School of Engineering for the spring 2015 semester. Inclusion on this list requires students to meet rigorous grade-point-average standards specific to the college or school within the University.
Local Students Named to Mount Ida College Dean's List
- Stephanie Champoux of Tewksbury (01876)
- Samantha Laferriere of Tewksbury (01876)