While the pandemic continues to present challenges to safe gatherings, we are moving ahead with Commencement planning for both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021.
This decision to combine ceremonies will not, in any way, take away from the celebration of each class—and will also recognize the unique challenges both classes have experienced in this difficult time. Both graduating classes will be acknowledged separately, with invited speakers for each class as well as Honorary Degree recipients.
Our current date to celebrate the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 is Saturday, May 8, at 10 am. However, please be advised that this date is not confirmed.
We are currently exploring several options to best honor and recognize both classes in ways that will prioritize the health and safety of our community, which may occur at another date/time. More information will be forthcoming as plans are finalized. The final decision will be based on the course of the pandemic over the next several months.
Because we may have to limit the number of guests per graduate, at this time we do not recommend making any non-refundable travel plans.
Students from both the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 will need to indicate intent for attendance at a ceremony in order to anticipate numbers to best ensure the health and safety for all. A request for registration information will be provided at a later time.
We welcome your ideas for celebrating both classes safely, which can be sent to Vice President of Communications Amy Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dean’s Award is the highest academic honor bestowed upon a graduate of Becker College. It is based solely on academic achievement and is given to a graduate of a Bachelor’s Degree Program. The recipient of the Dean’s Award is revealed during the Commencement ceremony. This year’s Dean’s Award recipient is Michael McMahon.
This distinguished recognition is presented to a graduating senior who has shown outstanding school spirit throughout his or her time at Becker; is recognized as a leader by students and the administration; and is an active member of the Becker community through campus-wide involvement in clubs, organizations, and community service. This year’s President’s Award recipient is Michael McMahon.
Each year at Commencement time, an award is presented to an outstanding student of the graduating class – one who has shown scholastic achievement, excellence in character, personality, and leadership throughout their years at Becker. This award was established in memory of the Reverend Samuel May by his grandson, Herbert Samuel May. The Reverend Samuel May was the first minister of the Unitarian Church in Leicester and he served as a trustee of Leicester Academy for twenty-five years. Reverend May took an active part in the Abolition Movement and was widely recognized for his leadership as General Agent of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. This year’s Samuel May Award recipient is Harumi Nishi Sanchez.
Recognizes students, selected by faculty, who show outstanding accomplishment in their respective programs. For a list of names, click on the following link: Senior Program Awards
Recognizes both graduating students and underclassmen for their achievements inside and outside the classroom. Students receive awards for academics, leadership and club/organization participation. A Virtual Academic Awards Ceremony was held on May 7. To watch a video from the Zoom event, click on the following link: Academic Awards Ceremony
The national constitution of Alpha Chi limits membership to the highest 10% of full-time students in the junior and senior classes, combined. For a list of inductees, click on the following link: Alpha Chi
The Theta Nu Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society recognizes students who are beyond the traditional college age and who have excelled in continuing education programs. For a list of inductees, click on the following link: Alpha Sigma Lambda
Junior and senior student-athletes who maintained a 3.4 – 4.0 GPA and earned a letter in their sport. For a list of inductees, click on the following link: Chi Alpha Sigma
Sigma Theta Tau is the Honor Society of Nursing. To be inducted, students must have completed at least half of the nursing curriculum, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, rank in the top 35% of the graduating class and meet the expectation of academic integrity. For a list of inductees, click on the following link: Sigma Theta Tau
At Becker College, our faculty play an essential role in helping our students achieve their dreams in an atmosphere that promotes academic excellence, inspires innovation and entrepreneurship, and fosters an agile mindset. In recognition of the contributions of our faculty we are bestowing three awards for Excellence in Teaching. Nominations for all of these awards were submitted by peers, students and staff. This year’s Excellence in Teaching recipients are:
Gillian Fraser, DVM, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Science
Kelsey Briggs, MBA,M.ED., Accelerated Learning Adjunct Faculty Department
Jennifer Fay, ESQ., Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice
To see a list of all of this year’s Becker College graduates, click on the following link: Class of 2020