Jamie Smorczewski '09, '21
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.
I’m from a blue-collar family and there wasn’t a ton of money for me to attend college, so I found my own way.
Tyler Davis '19
For Tyler Davis, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, the dream of being a pilot came true at UMass Lowell through Air Force ROTC Detachment 345.
This place truly made me a better man. The faculty are amazing; they see their job as a calling, a mission.
Daryle LaMonica '21
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.
I have a new appreciation for arts and the humanities.
Michael Venetti '20
Peace and Conflict Studies
Marine Corps reservist Michael Venetti says the Peace and Conflict Studies master’s program helped him win a Presidential Management Fellowship to work at the U.S. State Department.
You could study high-level things like diplomacy, but you could also study person-to-person, on the ground situations and how you could bring peaceful solutions to them.
Chris Perez '16
U.S. Marine veteran Chris Perez knew he wanted to further his education, but wasn't sure of his path until he found UMass Lowell and its student veteran population.
I found purpose with the veteran’s population here.
Nicholas Marinelli '17
Chemical engineering major, Nicholas Marinelli, finds the campus veteran community to be very welcoming. He says it really helps to be surrounded by fellow student-veterans who share a unique bond with him.
The campus veteran community is very welcoming, and it really helps to be surrounded by fellow vets who share such a unique bond with you.
Brendon Aylaian '21
Army veteran and business major Brendon Aylaian is working on a solar energy project in Haiti for his Honors College capstone.
Being part of a team that is focused on delivering energy to people who don’t have it just seems like a really good thing to do.
Criminal Justice, UMass Lowell Police Sergeant
When UMass Lowell Police Sergeant Frank Sullivan isn’t keeping the campus safe at night, he’s working on his master’s degree in criminal justice, helping raise three teenagers and training for a marathon.
I want to show my kids that anything is possible if they put their minds to it.