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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

  • Briannah Larsen

    Marketing & Management

    Briannah Larsen came here to play Division I field hockey – and stayed for the business school and the Honors College.

  • Anna Jiang


    As President of the UMass Lowell Chinese Students and Scholars Association, finance major Anna Jiang stays connected to her culture — while sharing it with others.

  • Atthaphon Mumi


    With a dissertation on social media’s role in the entrepreneurial process, Thailand’s Atthaphon Mumi became the first graduate of the Manning School of Business’ Ph.D. in entrepreneurship program.

  • Syeda Nizami

    English & Psychology

    Syeda Nizami is using scholarships, research fellowships and work-study jobs to graduate with low debt, so she can afford a career helping others instead of working to pay off student loans.