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Senior Spotlight

The Countdown to Commencement Is On

Photo collage showcasing photos of two seniors getting hands-on experience before they graduate in 2018 against a backdrop of spotlights with #UML2018

By University Relations Staff

As Commencement draws near, we checked in with our soon-to-be graduates. They've made the most of their time here, in the classrooms and research labs, at internships and co-op jobs, on sports teams and in student clubs. They’ve prepared themselves for their next steps, through hands-on learning opportunities like running therapy sessions, teaching schoolchildren about the environment or working with people recovering from traumatic brain injuries.

Now, our seniors are ready to make their mark on the world, whether they pursue graduate education or launch their careers. Below, they share some of their stories and the lessons they learned along the way.

The class of 2018 share their legacy and lessons learned after four years. Watch more grads in action

Student Speakers

Two students are selected from a crowd of applicants to deliver speeches before thousands of proud grads and their families, university administrators and faculty.

Larry Siegel, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and University Events, and Chancellor Jacquie Moloney with three honored student award winners at the 2017 Commencement Eve Celebration

The 11th Annual Commencement Eve Celebration

Friday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for Commencement Eve, a time when the entire university community comes together to celebrate the important achievements of the year. Honorary degree recipients, speakers, distinguished alumni and talented students are honored during this elegant event. Learn more and get tickets

Meet Some of Our Graduating Students

  • Moiz Khan

    Business Analytics

    Already on track for a successful marketing career in Pakistan, Moiz Khan has shifted gears to pursue a master’s in business analytics from the Manning School of Business.

  • Bridget McSherry


    Bridget McSherry seized every opportunity she could while earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at UMass Lowell, and now she’s ready to begin her career at Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico.

  • Abigail Giarrosso


    Honors chemistry major Abigail Giarrosso found a work-study job her freshman year in the lab at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. Now she’s helping develop and test a safer paint-stripper – with great success.

  • Alejandro Lopez


    The Model U.N. program and a semester interning and learning in Washington, D.C., helped Alejandro Lopez put economic and political theory into practice - and paved the way for a successful career.