UConn's CLAS Graduation Marks End of a Journey for 2,700 Students [VIDEO]

Twenty-nine residents of Simsbury took part in one of two commencement ceremonies Sunday for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest college at UConn, held at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.

Thousands of family and friends watched on Sunday afternoon as nearly 2,700 students from the ’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) became UConn graduates during commencement ceremonies at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.

Representing 55 different majors from 23 departments, students received their diplomas in dual ceremonies Sunday in disciplines ranging from journalism, psychology and political science to communications, human development and family studies. Twenty-nine of the new graduates call Simsbury home.

Students were addressed by Cindy Luo, a graduating senior from Madison, a dual-degree student with majors in linguistics and philosophy, classics and ancient Mediterranean studies and English. UConn President Susan Herbst delivered the keynote address.

"College is only the first step, a place where our budding interests are nurtured and developed," Luo said. "Keep on learning. Be flexible. Try something new. But remember yourselves: remember what makes you happy – keeps you going," she said.

Herbst praised students for their hard work, and urged them to define their own lives.

"I hope you will be able to look back at this brief, precious time spent here at the University of Connecticut as among the best and most rewarding years of your life," Herbst said. "Don’t forget no matter how old you are, you will always be Huskies."

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Here's the students who live in Simsbury who received degrees this weekend:

  • Sasha Asheghi, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Benjamin Charles Bartholomew, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Bryan J. Castater, Bachelor of General Studies
  • Jason M. Cornelio, Bachelor of Science
  • Sean Thomas Corrigan, Bachelor of Arts
  • Cassandra Anita Eilers, Bachelor of Arts
  • Merrick George Forader, Bachelor of Arts
  • David C. Fryxell, Bachelor of Science
  • Melissa Ann Hauser, Bachelor of Arts
  • Grace Anne Jasminski, Bachelor of Science
  • Omik Keshav Kamat, Bachelor of Arts
  • Hyejin Kim, Doctor of Pharmacy
  • John Thomas Kornacki, Bachelor of Science
  • Michael Anthony Kugler, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Aaron Garrick LaPointe, Bachelor of Science
  • Katherine Jane McAlpine, Bachelor of Arts
  • Christopher David Meyer, Bachelor of Science
  • Michael David Nathan, Bachelor of Science
  • Ryan Joseph Nelson, Bachelor of Arts
  • Ryan Joseph Nelson, Bachelor of Science
  • Jordan Alexa Perry, Bachelor of Arts
  • Karen Lanwah Poon, Bachelor of Arts
  • Matthew Skyler Ramos, Bachelor of Science
  • April Marie Rivera, Bachelor of General Studies
  • Michael John Roundy, Bachelor of Arts
  • Mary Catherine Scully, Bachelor of Arts
  • Justin Louis Silluzio, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Abigail Alicia Vacca, Bachelor of Arts
  • Christopher Thomas Wood, Bachelor of Science
  • Meghan O'Connor Cunningham, Bachelor of Science
  • Wonchi Ju, Bachelor of Arts
  • Robert Bowne Coburn, Bachelor of Science
  • Emily Kathleen Eagen, Bachelor of Science
  • Michelle Amy Lescarbeau, Bachelor of Science
  • Chelsea Marie Miller, Bachelor of Arts
  • Thomas David Nelson, Bachelor of Science
  • Elizabeth Mary Nissen, Bachelor of Arts
  • Samantha L. Pendergast, Bachelor of Arts
  • Andrew William Taylor, Bachelor of Science
  • Erin Elizabeth Townsend, Bachelor of Arts
  • Jeffrey Span Wergeles, Bachelor of Arts
  • Fauve Hart Wilton, Bachelor of Arts

Did you have a loved one who graduated from UConn Sunday? Give them a shout-out in the comments, and upload your photos to add them to this gallery!


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