Massbay Comunity College

MassBay Honors Students at 55th Commencement Ceremony

Award Winners Commencement 2017
Left to right: Christine Dufresne, Megan Grandolfi, Aprille Downey, Alan Savill.

WELLESLEY HILLS, MA (May 19, 2017) – MassBay Community College honored students at the College’s 55th Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 18th at the Wellesley Hills campus. Nearly 300 students participated in this year’s Commencement ceremony, representing students from 45 countries from around the world. This diverse and talented group also recognized five students who earned a 4.0 GPA; six students who earned the highest GPA in their academic divisions; a student who was honored as the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 29 Who Shine recipient; and a student who was awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, and the Foster Furcolo Scholarship.

This year’s recipient of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 29 Who Shine award is nursing student Elizabeth Halliday of Medfield, who was recognized by Governor Charlie Baker at a State House ceremony honoring one student from each of the 29 public higher education institutions in Massachusetts who have excelled academically and have future goals that include contributing to civic life and advancement to business and innovation in the Commonwealth. Halliday is the current President of the MassBay Nursing Club, helping transform the club into a true service-oriented group by leading her group to hold Red Cross blood drives on campus, clothing drives for the Epilepsy Foundation and coordinating volunteers for service events that benefit families and young children in MetroWest. She plans on becoming a Registered Nurse and pursing her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing to eventually become a nursing educator and mentor future nursing students.

Westborough resident Bernard Brown was named a 2017 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Foundation, the awarding body for the highest national undergraduate prize for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics. He is one of only two community college students nationwide to be named a scholar this year by the prestigious foundation, which also awarded student from research powerhouses, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins University. He plans to pursue a doctorate in Molecular Biology to pursue his passion on the filtering mechanisms that govern the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Brown is MassBay’s 22nd Goldwater Scholar.

Daisy Escobar of Waltham was awarded the Foster Furcolo Scholarship, named after Massachusetts’ 60th Governor, John Foster Furcolo. He was the first Italian-American governor of the Commonwealth, and active promoter of community colleges and also a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1949 until 1952. Each year one graduate from each of Massachusetts 15 community colleges is awarded a prestigious Foster Furcolo two-year scholarship to attend UMass Boston to honor the legacy of Governor Furcolo. She is also a recipient of the One Family Scholarship, which are awarded to Massachusetts low-income single parents enrolled in Associate or Bachelor’s degree programs at colleges and universities. Escobar plans to transfer to UMass Boston and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Walpole resident Aprille Downey was awarded the Divisional Award for her 4.0 GPA in the Division of Business and Professional Studies, earning her Associate of Science Degree in Accounting. She dropped out of high school and returned to school nearly a decade later to pursue her college degree. Downey will be attending Northeastern University this fall to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

Alan Savill of Natick was also awarded the Divisional Award for his 4.0 GPA in the Division of Business and Professional Studies, earning his Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration. He started college when he was 51 years old and completed MassBay in just three semesters. His driving force has been his three children, who he credits as the motivators to his academic success. Savill will attend Framingham State University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Management.

Norwood resident Christine Sheehan was awarded the Divisional Award for her 3.87 GPA for the Division of Health Sciences, earning her Associate of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology. She is the first in her family to earn a college degree and a single mother to a 14 year old son. She thanks her family for their encouragement and support. Sheehan plans to work as a Radiologic Technologist at a hospital in Boston.

Megan Grandolfi of Framingham was awarded the Divisional Award for her 4.0 GPA for the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, earning her Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts: Humanities. She said MassBay has been, “an exercise in learning to love learning.” She plans to enroll in MassBay’s Nursing program to pursue a career in Nursing.

Natick resident Jessica Wilson was also awarded the Divisional Award for her 4.0 GPA for the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, earning her Associate of Art Degree in Liberal Arts: Humanities. She plans to attend UMass Amherst this fall.

Christine Dufresne of Waltham was awarded the Divisional Award for her 4.0 GPA for the Division of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, earning an Associate of Science Degree in General Studies. She will attend Lesley University this fall and her long term goal is to earn her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy.

MassBay had five students earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average, earning an All-College Academic Award. The awards went to;

  • Aprille Downey, from the Division of Business and Professional Studies;
  • Alan Savill, from the Division of Business and Professional Studies;
  • Megan Grandolfi, from the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences;
  • Jessica Wilson, from the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences; and
  • Christine Dufresne from the Division of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

 

MassBay graduates who were awarded Divisional Awards are given $200 and All-College Academic Award winners are given $250 from the College.

For more information on MassBay Community College; www.MassBay.edu.


MassBay Community College was recently ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for 2-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England and ranked #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.