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Commencement

Commencement Photo Gallery 2021 Undergraduate Commencement Program 2021 Top Academic Awards

The Westfield State University Classes of 2020 and 2021 were recognized during five separate Commencement ceremonies, held May 13 and 14 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

On Thursday, Westfield State recognize 866 undergraduate students who graduated as members of the Class of 2020,

and in a separate ceremony, 486 graduate students from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 were recognized.

On Friday, 794 undergraduate students were awarded their bachelor’s degrees as members of the Class of 2021.

Four members of the undergraduate Class of 2020 shared the honor of valedictorian:

  • Julianna Campbell, an English graduate from Springfield, Mass.;
  • Carly Thibodeau, a dual environmental science/economics graduate from Mendon, Mass.;
  • Jessie Walton, a movement science graduate from Huntington, Mass.; and
  • Vita Yurovsky, a business management graduate from West Springfield, Mass.

Sarah Dunn, an elementary education/liberal studies graduate from Holden, Mass., was recognized as the class salutatorian.

The Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence was earned by Jason Richard, a criminal justice major from Granby, Mass., in recognition of finishing with the highest institutional GPA among undergraduate students in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE).

A posthumous degree was awarded to Wildalie Lopez, of Springfield, who passed away in 2019. Her B.A. in Spanish was accepted by her parents, Denisa Nunez and Willie Lopez.

Click on the links below to view local media coverage of the event.

May 13 – WWLP-TV
https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/westfield-state-university-2020-and-2021-commencements-begin-thursday/

May 13 – MassLive (The Republican)
https://www.masslive.com/news/2021/05/westfield-state-university-recognizes-2020-graduates-at-commencement-for-class-of-2021.html

May 13 – Western Mass News
https://www.westernmassnews.com/news/wsu-honors-2020-and-2021-graduates-at-massmutual-center/article_32a4390e-b44f-11eb-84eb-d7dc512c5adc.html

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