Alumnae/i Events

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The Office of Advancement and Alumnae/i Relations produces events and programs that connect alumnae/i to Simmons and to one another.

Programs tackle timely topics addressing the needs and interests of alumnae/i while showcasing initiatives of the University.

Check out our event calendar to see what is coming soon!

Upcoming Alumnae/i Events

Book Talk with Sacha Lamb

  • Feb 29, 2024
  • 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Trustman Art Gallery

Elevating Alumnae/i Voices: The Triggered Project Presents Social Work Education and the Arts

  • Mar 14, 2024
  • 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Management & Academic Building, 5th Floor, C-520

119th Simmons University Commencement Ceremonies

  • May 17, 2024
  • 9:00 am
  • MGM Music Hall at Fenway, 2 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02115

Alumnae/i features

Mbita Mbao ‘22PhD

Mbita Mbao ‘22PhD Offers Wisdom and Caring for an Aging Population

When Mbita Mbao ’22PhD was looking for a doctoral program in social work, Simmons met all of her requirements: a Boston location and the ability to take all of her in-person classes in one day per week. More important than these criteria, Simmons had Dr. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Interim Director of the School of Social Work.


Molly Riportella holding a book amoung shelves of library books

Molly Riportella ’12MS is helping victims of domestic violence

Molly Riportella ’12MS, a librarian in Westwood, Massachusetts, found a way to discreetly supply resources to people in violent relationships.


A composite photo of Jan Taylor ’07MS and Allyson Irish ’04MS

A Friendship Born at Simmons: Allyson Irish ’04MS and Jan Taylor ’07MS

In honor of "Galentine's" Day, Simmons friends Allyson Irish ’04MS and Jan Taylor ’07MS share their thoughts about entrepreneurship, making bold (and unexpected) career moves, and what makes Simmons friendships special.


Ann Marie Fudge '73, '98HD

Ann Marie Fudge ’73, ’98HD Opens Doors for Women in Corporate America

Ann Marie Fudge ’73, ’98HD has enjoyed a fruitful career in the corporate world, having served on the boards of General Electric, Marriott, Honeywell, Novartis, Unilever and Infosys, as well as several non-profits. In 1994, she became the first woman...


Three shelves full of books in the Simmons University library

Protecting the Freedom to Read: Sadina Shawver ’17MS on Book Sanctuaries, Handling Criticism, and Rising to the Challenge

Sadina Shawver ’17MS is Assistant Branch Manager in Youth Services at the Harris County Public Library in Texas, which was designated a book sanctuary in September of 2023. Shawver shares how she handles challenges to library materials, and protects the freedom to read.


Bishop Jeffrey Mello ’00 MSW

Simmons School of Social Work Alum Helps Bring Christianity out of the Closet

A recent CBS news segment chronicles the journeys of openly-gay bishops within the Episcopal Church. The story centers around trailblazer Bishop Gene Robinson, and also spotlights Jeffrey Mello ’00MSW, who became Bishop Diocesan in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut in 2022.


A row of books in the Simmons University library

Director of Archives Stacie Parillo ’11MS Talks Torpedo Testing, Love Letters, and the Value of Archival Collections at the U.S. Naval War College

When Stacie Parillo ’11MS was unhappy with her career, she began investigating her childhood dream of being a librarian. Now she is the Director of the Naval Historical Collection Archives at the U.S. Naval War College.


The exterior of the Clinton Street Bakery

Co-Owner of Clinton St. Baking Co. Dishes on the Value of a Women-Centered Education

After an earlier career in magazine journalism and writing, Dede Lahman ’93 became the co-owner of Clinton St. Baking Co., a restaurant and bakery on NYC’s Lower East Side. The eatery specializes in breakfast and brunch with notorious 2 hour lines around the block. We spoke with Lahman about how her studies at Simmons shaped who she is now.