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Alumni Excellence in Action

  • 2013 Graduates

    2013 Graduates

    Meet members of the Class of 2013, who graduated at the College's historic 225th Becker College Commencement. These profiles exemplify the Becker College graduate: individuals who are guided by the core values of accountability, excellence, community and diversity, social responsibility, integrity, and creative expression, and who are prepared to fulfill our mission to thrive, contribute to, and lead in a global society.

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  • Arielle Burdulis '11

    Arielle Burdulis '11

    Not many students win program awards in two concentrations, but Arielle received the honor in both biology and criminal justice. For as long as she can remember, she has been interested in forensic science and the way it is used to help determine the truth.

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  • Esmerelda Taraj '11

    Esmerelda Taraj '11

    "It's great when you love waking up for an 8 a.m. class." Esmerelda Taraj and her family moved to America in 2001, when she was 11 years old. Esmerelda's parents made the sacrifice to leave their home and lucrative jobs in Albania, recognizing that education...

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  • Christine Peters '10

    Christine Peters '10

    Christine Peters ’10 made the decision to redefine her life and embark on a career path that originally began as one of her passions —a love for animals. As a kid, “I was the one in my family who was always bringing home an injured turtle or a bird that had fallen out of a nest to try to nurse them back to health,” Christine shares.

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  • James Diossa '09

    James Diossa '09

    James Diossa ’09 always possessed an interest in government, but it was not until after he enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at Becker College, participating in several diverse government courses, that he developed his strong passion for politics.

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  • Erjon Metohu '08

    Erjon Metohu '08

    "My Becker education has opened many doors for me so far, and I'm fortunate to have earned one of the most well-respected design degrees in New England."

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  • Colleen Murphy '81

    Colleen Murphy '81

    When Colleen Murphy graduated from Becker College in 1981 with her degree in social services, she certainly did not expect to be an award-winning producer and stage and screen actress one day. As she recalls, “I had some strong ideas about what I wanted to do after graduating from Becker and I am very happy with where I am today. Becker played a really valuable role in my life. I met my best friends in the world there – Penny Bacchiochi ’81 and Sharon Uhlman ’81. We are forever sisters."

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  • Robert Shaffery '72

    Robert Shaffery '72

    Robert Shaffery '72 educates communities on how to protect themselves against one of today’s most prevalent crimes: identity theft.

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  • Paula Proctor '71

    Paula Proctor '71

    The opportunities afforded to Paula Proctor '71 through a financial scholarship from Becker College forever changed her life. Growing up in the ’50s and ’60s on a farm in a small town, the idea of attending college seemed unattainable. That opportunity, in many ways, opened Paula’s eyes to the world for the first time. “When I arrived at Becker, I just exploded with ideas,” she says.

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  • Charles W. Roche '63

    Charles W. Roche '63

    “Paige Rowden had a significant impact on my life because my experience at Leicester Junior was transformational. I can remember that the classroom was competitive. They posted our test scores for everyone to see, and I didn’t want to be in the middle of the pack. So, I worked hard and made the Dean’s List. My accomplishments in the classroom and on the basketball court gave me confidence and helped me believe that I could achieve anything that I set my mind to.”

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  • Carol Ried '56

    Carol Ried '56

    As a former counselor in Becker College’s Admissions Office, Carol Reid ’56 experienced firsthand how essential closing the gap between financial aid and financial need is to Becker Students. Carol gave her time and support to the College as a member of the 2007-09 Becker Fund Committee in order to assist students financially.

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