Messages from the Class of 2021

Meet More 2021 Graduates

  • Catherine de Groot
    Marketing

    Catherine de Groot enjoys using her marketing skills to help nonprofits in Lowell.

  • Jennifer Schultz
    Mechanical Engineering

    When she was younger, Jennifer Schultz didn’t want to be an engineer. Yet here she is, a summer intern in the office of Nonspec, a company that offers low-cost prosthetic limb systems. She even trekked to India with UMass Lowell’s B.V.B. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.

  • Hannah Casey
    Political Science

    Hannah Casey signed up for the Model U.N. and Mock Trial teams and student government. She interned with a congressional candidate and a defense attorney. Now she’s student body president.

  • Kelsey Gonzalez
    Public Health

    As a first-generation college student, Kelsey Gonzalez struggled to find a major she liked. Then she studied abroad – and came back determined to help other first-generation students.

  • Biar Kon
    Business Administration

    Biar Kon grew up in refugee camps in Kenya. Now he gives back to the city’s refugee community through his work with the International Institute of New England.

  • Victor Souza
    Accounting

    Accounting student Victor Souza knew all about hard work when he arrived at UMass Lowell. His focus was on getting involved during his undergraduate career — while also gaining valuable professional experience through internships.

  • Madison Reed
    Plastics Engineering

    Madison Reed works as a research assistant with Plastics Engineering Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan in the UML Fabric Discovery Center.

  • Brendon Aylaian
    Business Management

    Army veteran and business major Brendon Aylaian is working on a solar energy project in Haiti for his Honors College capstone.

  • Amos Kungu
    Business Administration

    After a globetrotting career in IT, Amos Kungu of Kenya is setting his sights on starting his own company. He's working on a master’s degree in entrepreneurship — while working full time and raising a family.

  • Kanya Derisme
    Marketing, Digital Media

    Through her coursework, business student Kanya Derisme gained the skills and knowledge needed for a career in digital marketing. Through her leadership roles in student organizations, she learned something about herself.

  • Payal Patel
    Biology, UTeach

    When Payal Patel started college as an engineering major, she missed tutoring and teaching – so she decided to make education her career.

  • Vincent Ciaramella
    Exercise Science

    Even as a transfer student and a commuter, Vincent Ciaramella found friendship and a helpful community at UMass Lowell.

  • Evelynn Cousey
    Environmental Science

    As co-president of the Society of Environmental Scientists student organization, Evelynn Cousey has developed leadership skills that she plans to take into a career in environmental policy and law.

  • Jamie  Smorczewski
    History, Security Studies

    2021 Student Commencement Speaker Jamie Smorczewski knows what it means to persevere, over injury, health issues, the pandemic and life’s curveballs.

  • Michael Hines
    Exercise Science

    Michael Hines, a former college athlete who wants to own his own athletic or physical therapy facility one day, is following the exercise and fitness management degree pathway.

  • Leslie Marrero
    Education

    Leslie Marrero says schools are already inviting her to apply for teaching jobs because she’s earning dual certification in teaching students with moderate disabilities.

  • Melanie Sunnerberg
    Finance and Marketing

    Business administration major Melanie Sunnerberg has a passion for finance that she’s honed through a co-op experience at MFS Investment Management and her leadership roles in student organizations.

  • Akshay Alamuri
    Exercise Science

    Akshay Alamuri says UMass Lowell fit his family’s budget – and his own goal of becoming a physical therapist.

  • Molly Tecce
    Plastics Engineering

    Plastics Engineering major Molly Tecce and partners from the 3D Club leapt into action to make PPE when the pandemic struck.

  • Sydney Fagundes
    Education

    Sydney Fagundes has found her calling: teaching young children, with a focus on science and math.

  • Joyce Vega
    Education

    Joyce Vega is grateful for all of the scholarships she was able to apply for through UML’s scholarship portal.

  • Dannalee Watson
    Medical Laboratory Science

    Dannalee Watson loves working in hospital labs, where she analyzes patient samples for signs of disease. She says it’s like being a medical detective.

  • Rachel Sullivan
    Music Education

    Music studies major Rachel Sullivan discovered more than a way to earn money through her campus job with Transportation Services. She also found a genuine camaraderie that has enriched her college experience.

  • Maxwell Aaronson
    Political Science

    Maxwell Aaronson is pursuing international experiences and languages, with the goal of working in the Foreign Service.

  • Kyle Mehan
    Nutritional Science

    Kyle Mehan began researching nutrition when trying to heal his own injuries. Now he promotes a plant-based diet.

  • Ben Jeter
    Sociology

    Ben Jeter’s experiences at UMass Lowell, including participating in the professional co-op program and his job as a resident advisor, turned him into a student leader.

  • Rachel Jordan
    Economics

    Rachel Jordan says that discovering the chair of the Economics Department was a woman helped convince her to come to UMass Lowell.

  • Marvens Francois
    Economics

    Marvens Francois says switching his major to economics was one of the best decisions of his life.

  • David Nguyen
    Nursing

    Nursing student David Nguyen learned how to provide hands-on care to COVID-19 patients during the pandemic.

  • Daryle LaMonica
    Biology

    Marine Corps veteran Daryle LaMonica is on the fast track to becoming a doctor through the UMass Medical School Baccalaureate to M.D. Pathway Program.

  • Coral  Gonzalez
    Nursing

    Coral Gonzalez set her sights on becoming a nurse after she was hospitalized in middle school. The Honors College student won one of the first Oprah Winfrey Scholarships to help her succeed.

  • Dana Ibrahim
    Peace and Conflict Studies & Political Science

    Dana Ibrahim chose UMass Lowell for its peace and conflict studies program, which lets her combine classes across the social sciences and humanities to suit her goal: to become a diplomat and aid refugees.

  • Julie Lawton
    Political Science

    Joining a club as soon as she arrived on campus got Julie Lawton experience on two political campaigns as well as internships in the Boston mayor’s office and the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus – all within a year.

  • Flore  Stécie Norcéide
    Computer Engineering

    Flore Stécie Norcéide won an Oprah Winfrey Scholarship to study computer engineering here.

  • Benjamin McEvoy
    Business, Finance & Management Information Systems

    Benjamin McEvoy has been racking up wins as a DifferenceMaker competitor with partner Edward Morante and their idea for an inclusive combination of baseball and cricket, Benji Ball.

  • Tim  Murphy
    English Literature

    Tim Murphy says his experiences at UMass Lowell have increased his confidence along with his expertise.

  • Brigid Archibald
    English

    Brigid Archibald always wanted to be a superhero. Now the editor of the student newspaper, The Connector, she sees journalists as today’s heroes.

  • Sofia Savoca
    Civil Engineering

    Sofia Savoca chose UMass Lowell for the opportunity to be in the Honors College and to study civil engineering. She’s found a dozen new opportunities since arriving on campus.

  • Christina  Han
    Criminal Justice

    Christina Han’s work with Multicultural Affairs, her club leadership and her studies in criminal justice converged in her honors capstone: running a “Support Space” for Asian American and Pacific Islander students during a surge in hate crimes.