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2021 Graduates: The Heroes Among Us

UMass Lowell celebrates the heroes among us who persevered amid the pandemic to shine. Share your "Congratulations" video with UML grads using #UML2021 on social media!

Class of 2021 Changed, but Not Defined by Pandemic

Montage of five graduating students


For some, the COVID-19 pandemic opened their eyes to the inequities of the health care system. Others said it made them appreciate life’s little moments that they used to take for granted. And for others, the pandemic has actually led to new and innovative ways to think about their careers.

For the Class of 2021, COVID-19 will forever be a part of their college experience. 

But it also won’t define the entirety of their time at UMass Lowell.

One week before Commencement, we asked eight graduating seniors to join us for a roundtable discussion on — where else? — Zoom, where we talked about their favorite UML memories, how the pandemic has affected them and what advice they’d give to themselves four years ago, among other topics.  Read what they had to say.

Jamie Smorczewski

Meet Our Student Speaker

Army veteran Jamie Smorczewski, a Double River Hawk who is graduating with a master’s degree in security studies, will share some of what he’s learned about persevering as the university’s 2021 student Commencement speaker. Read his story.

Meet More 2021 Graduates

  • Vincent Ciaramella

    Exercise Science

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

  • Flore Stécie Norcéide

    Computer Engineering

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Meet Andrew Marshall '21, Commencement national anthem singer and contestant on NBC's "The Voice."

News about the Class of 2021