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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

  • Patrice Olivar

    Exercise Physiology & Psychology

    While double-majoring in psychology and exercise physiology, Patrice Faith Olivar has gained both research and practical experience. UMass Lowell has opened more doors than she thought possible.

  • Mary Everett

    English & Environmental Studies

    Mary Everett combined her interest in environmental science with a love of writing. An honors fellowship gave her the support to write a group of short stories – which won her admission to a top-ranked M.F.A. program in creative writing.

  • Matthew Fowler


    After Matthew Fowler's mother underwent heart surgery, he observed the nurses, who worked with both intelligence and kindness. The experience inspired him to choose nursing as his career.

  • Daniel Howell

    Public Health

    When Daniel Howell interned at the City of Lowell Health Department, he helped run a forum addressing opioid abuse.