Commencement 2014

  • Commencement day
  • Commencement day
  • Associate Vice Provost for Gender and Equity Judith Ockene, PhD, carries the mace.
  • Dean and Provost Terence R. Flotte helps Chancellor Michael F. Collins place the honorary degree hood on H. Brownell Wheeler, MD
  • Commencement day
  • From left, Dean and Provost Terence R. Flotte, honorary degree recipients Leonard and Cherylann Gengel, and Chancellor Michael F. Collins
  • Commencement day
  • Commencement day
  • Commencement day
  • Commencement day
  • Commencement day
  • School of Medicine graduates read the Oath of Maimonides
  • Commencement day
  • Chancellor Michael F. Collins presides over the Honorary Degree Dinner on Saturday, May 31.
  • From left, Susan and Oscar Starobin, MD, Brownie Wheeler, MD, Demetrius E. M. Litwin, MD, Bruce Cutler, MD.
  • Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, at the Honorary Degree Dinner.
  • Honorees at Commencement were celebrated the evening before the big day.
  • Be Like Brit founders Cherylann and Leonard Gengel speak at the Honorary Degree Dinner.
  • U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern speaks at the Honorary Degree Dinner on Saturday night.
  • Honorary Degree recipient and UMass Medical School’s first faculty member H. Brownell Wheeler, MD, with his wife Elizabeth.
  • Each year, the Alumni Association hosts a breakfast for School of Medicine graduates.
  • Syed Quadri, MD
  • From left, William (Jerry) A. Durbin, MD, James Kennedy, Jennifer MacDonald and Marianne Felice, MD.
  • Interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs Michael Kneeland presides over the awards breakfast.
  • Michael Ennis, MD, presents the Ann Nemitz Memorial Award to Jennifer Marie MacDonald.
  • Chancellor Michael F. Collins presents the Chancellor’s Award to Christopher Perrone.
  • The UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing Class of 2014 pose for a group photo before the breakfast.
  • Chancellor Michael F. Collins greets attendees to the 2014 GSN Alumni Breakfast and Awards Ceremony.
  • Colette Dieujuste is congratulated by husband Saul and sons Jonathan, 11, and Zachary, 15.
  • Abigail Mathews receives the Academic Achievement and Leadership Award from GSN Dean Paulette Seymour Route.
  • President and CEO Toni Maguire, RN, MPH, holds the award she accepted on behalf of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, flanked by staffers and Chancellor Collins and Dean Terence Flotte.
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean Anthony Carruthers presides over his school's celebration.
  • From left, Mary Ellen Lane, PhD, presents curriculum achievement awards to Gillian Griffith, Benjamin Landry and Janelle Hayes.
  • Eric Swanson and Jeanne Lawrence, PhD.
  • Chancellor Michael F. Collins with Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, and Kendall Knight, PhD.
  • Brian Lewis, PhD.
  • From left, Emma Watson, Craig Mello, PhD, Colin Conine and Shawna Guillemette.

U.S. Rep. James McGovern calls NIH funding levels ‘unacceptable,’ challenges grads to be political

Commencement speaker tells UMass Worcester graduates to ‘pull the plug’ on cynicism and apathy

Under sunny skies, 227 graduates of UMass Worcester marked a milestone in their long educational journey on Sunday, June 1, as they marched across the stage in front of faculty, family members and friends to proudly accept their degrees. U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, who received a Chancellor’s Medal and delivered the Commencement address, used the opportunity to call for more National Institutes of Health funding to sustain the remarkable medical research advances that are saving lives and helping people live longer. Read more...

Text of Chancellor's Speech
Text of Rep. James McGovern's Speech
List of Graduates

Drew O’Brien receives Chancellor’s Medal for ‘unwavering commitment to public service’

Drew O’Brien was honored with the Chancellor’s Medal in a surprise presentation at the 2014 UMass Worcester Commencement-eve dinner held to recognize honorary degree recipients. The dinner feted Cherylann and Leonard Gengel and H. Brownell Wheeler, MD, and keynote speaker U.S. Rep. James McGovern. O’Brien is special representative in the Office of Global Partnerships at the Department of State and a longtime aide to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Read more...


Student achievement celebrated at UMass Worcester

All three schools at UMass Worcester celebrated academic excellence at awards ceremonies on the last days before Commencement 2014. Achievements in academics, mentoring, community service and research were recognized. Read about the ceremonies and see slideshows of the award winners:
• School of Medicine Class of 2014 welcomed into the alumni fold
• New awards top off GSN Alumni Breakfast
• GSBS celebrates end of the academic year with student awards


Combining love of science, teaching and each other, GSBS grads pursue postdocs together

Married in 2011 and about to be hooded as Doctors of Philosophy in the Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology at Commencement 2014, Heidi and Andrew Malaby are pursuing postdoctoral fellowships that will build on their GSBS training, help prepare them for their next career moves—and share neighboring zip codes as they begin a new chapter in their life together. Read more...


First BSN to DNP graduates are health care pioneers

Inaugural graduates of the Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Nursing Practice program are poised to achieve many more firsts in their careers when they receive their diplomas at Commencement on Sunday, June 1. Read more...


UMMS grad represents the third generation of surgeons in her family

When School of Medicine graduating student Alessandra (Alex) Moore begins her surgery residency this June, she will represent the third generation of surgeons in her family—and she will be following both her father and grandfather’s footsteps by training in the operating rooms of Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Read more...


UMMS graduates leave lasting mark on Worcester community

Graduating students realize UMass Medical School’s mission to advance the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth by giving back to the Worcester community. Read more...


Meet the three students representing their classes at Commencement

Among the highlights of the UMass Worcester Commencement on Sunday, June 1, will be personal reflections of the three class speakers who were chosen by their classmates or faculty. In reflecting on their academic journey, they will represent more than 200 graduates who will cross the stage at the 41st Commencement exercises. Read more...


Spotlight on service for honorary degree recipients

The four individuals to be honored at Commencement 2014 share a dedication to helping others. Read their stories:

• U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern
James P. McGovernU.S. Rep. James P. McGovern will deliver the Commencement address and be presented with a Chancellor’s Medal in recognition of his dedicated service to Central Massachusetts.

• Cherylann and Leonard Gengel

Len and Cherylann GengelUMass Medical School will honor the Gengel family’s extraordinary efforts to fulfill their late daughter’s last wish to build an orphanage in Haiti, for the “poorest of the poor.”

• H. Brownell Wheeler, MD

H. Brownell WheelerH. Brownell ‘Brownie’ Wheeler, MD, UMass Medical School’s first faculty member, will receive an honorary degree for his tireless efforts to create and shape the medical school, including a distinguished 25-year career as the chair of the Department of Surgery.


UMass Medical School’s first graduating class led by pioneers and risk takers

Forty years ago, Massachusetts’ new public medical school celebrated an event some thought might never happen: the first UMass Medical School Commencement ceremony. According to some members of that class, their educational experience was exciting and rewarding, but filled with pressure to succeed. Read more...

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