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[Chestnut Hill, MA, July 2014] On Saturday, July 19, 2014, the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College awarded the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree to six students: Fiction writers Alexandra Hupertz, Jessica Kennedy, and Eileen Jones, Creative nonfiction writers Margaret Krell and Carolyn Smith, and Poets and Class Speaker Von Thompson.

Dean Diane Mello-Goldner opened the ceremony with welcoming remarks for graduates and their guests, and multi-genre author Rigoberto González —author of fifteen books of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and bilingual children’s books—delivered a short commencement speech, followed by presentations of each graduate by MFA faculty members. A reception for graduates and their guests took place afterward.

·         Alexandra Hupertz, a resident of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, read from her creative thesis, Asclepius, and delivered a lecture on “The Purpose of Loving: How Relationships Build Characters and Help to Lead Them Through Their Narrative Journeys.”

·         Jessica Kennedy, a resident of Millbury, Massachusetts, read from her creative thesis, Only Skin, and delivered a lecture on “Applicability: What Makes Science Fiction Human.”

·         Eileen Jones, a resident of Woburn, Massachusetts, read from her creative thesis, Craving, and delivered a lecture on “Deep Views of Characters.”

·         Margaret Krell, a resident of Framingham, Massachusetts, read from her creative thesis, Night Stories, and delivered a lecture on “Uses of Enchantment.”

·         Carolyn Smith, a resident of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, read from her creative thesis, Chant of Denial, and delivered a lecture on “Comedy and Tragedy: The Thin Line Separating Laughter and Pain.”

·         Class Speaker Von Thompson, a resident of Monroe, Washington, read from her creative thesis, Wholly with the Dance, and delivered a lecture titled “But How Do I Know They Are Learning? Student Engagement in an Online Classroom”


As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.







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