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Commencement 2021

View our 2021 Commencement ceremony. The broadcast first premiered on Sunday, May 23rd

Pine Manor College’s 110th Commencement Ceremony was held in person on Sunday, 23 May, at 11 a.m.  It was also live-streamed for families and friends watching at home. Eighty-eight graduates were awarded their bachelor’s or associate’s degree in a beautiful ceremony under a tent on Commencement Lawn.  Social distancing and masks were required due to state regulations for academic ceremonies during the pandemic.


William Stargard, Ph.D.,
Professor of Art History and College Marshal, opened the ceremony and invited President Thomas M. O’Reilly, M.B.A., to give welcoming remarks.


Thomas M. O’Reilly, M.B.A.,
President of the College

“Today, we honor you.  You have proven you are college-capable, and then some.  You are prepared to take meaningful steps in your lives: engaging in new jobs and careers, continuing to learn, and positively contributing to your communities.  You are Pine Manor College graduates.  Congratulations! “

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Robert Shea, Ph.D.,
Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Robert Shea, Vice President for Academic Affairs, served as master of ceremonies for Commencement.  He graciously introduced each of the speakers throughout the hour-long ceremony.  Each graduate’s name was read aloud by Dr. Shea before the graduate marched across the stage to pick up their diploma.

Alma Mater and Reflection

Lisa Rodrigues ’06, M.Ed.,
Dean of Student Affairs

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Latoya C. Johnson, M.Ed.,
Director Of Co-Curricular Education / Student Success Coach

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Alumnae/i Greeting

Nakia Richardson ’07
Associate Producer, Entertainment One, Los Angeles

“To you beautiful people, I wish you nothing but positive vibes, open minds and open hearts. If I can leave you with a piece of advice it would be:  Stay open-minded, try new things because the career you may think you want, you may change your mind and you will receive many blessings once you stay open-minded.”

Commencement Poem

Rebecca Connors ’20
Poet, MFA Graduate

For the Commencement Poem


Recognition of
Faculty and Staff

Ruth Allinger Gibson ’26 Award for Teaching Excellence 

Diane Mello-Goldner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean of Assessment

Pam Palmer Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Support of Student Success

Sandra McElroy, Ed.D., 
Professor of Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership

Rosario Tosiello Award for Integrity in Scholarship 
Emily Cury Tohma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Political Science

Senior Class Speaker

Ashley Smith ’21
Psychology and Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership

Student Honors and Awards

Pine Manor College Faculty Award 

Ashley Smith ’21
Psychology and Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership

Jane French McCall Dill ’39 Exemplary Achievement Award 

Dorys Goncalves ’21 
Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership

Pine Manor College Award 

Joseph Mello, ’21

President’s Cup – 2021

DeAngelo Clarke ’21
Sociology and Political Science

President’s Cup – 2020

Feven Bedard-Khalid ’20
Business and Management

Conferring of Degrees

Thomas M. O’Reilly, M.B.A., 
President of the College  

Robert Shea, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs 


Closing message

Dorys Goncalves ’21 
Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership


William Stargard, Ph.D.,
College Marshal, Professor of Art History