Congratulate the Class of 2021

Share a message of congratulations to the Class of 2021! You can also see video messages of congratulations from the Simmons community.

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Dave Heigl
Parent of a graduate

Congratulations to the class of 2021! I am proud of you! There were difficulties on your way that you were able to overcome with dignity and I am sure that you will not stop there. When I graduated from college, my parents gave me a set of branded pens, which became a special symbol for me. My husband and I decided to continue this tradition and using the recommendations from this article we also chose such a set for my daughter. Traditions are very important to me, so I hope that this one will take root in our family.

Uncle Tom and Aunt Missy
Aunt and Uncle

Rylan, We are super proud of you. Congratulations on your new journey.
Love, Uncle Tom and Aunt Missy

Mary Ellen Sinkiewicz
Family member

Congratulations, Lauren Shannon Jeefferson, BS, MA

Veronica Doherty

Congratulations to my sister Michelle Nappa from all here in Ireland. Well done! What a fantastic achievement.Hope you enjoy your celebrations. We will celebrate this irish style as soon as possible. Love you sis xxxxx

Jim Doherty

Congratulations Michelle

Lisa Gilmore

Congratulation McKinley Croteau!
There are not enough words in the dictionary to even begin to express to you how PROUD our entire family is of YOU! Not even a pandemic can hold you back! You continue to amaze us. You are so gifted and talented. YOU GO GIRL!
We love you so much,
Auntie Lisa & Uncle Richie

Lynn Kaleita

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Having completed your degree has opened up new opportunities for you and life will be rewarding.

Special Congratulations to our daughter Shelley Kaleita in Political Science! We are so proud of all your accomplishments. Your passionate determination will lead to great success and happiness in life. We can't wait to see what the next chapter in your journey will be!

Judith Jefferson

Congratulations Lauren Shannon Jefferson. You are a brilliant, resilient woman. Today marks another pinnacle in your life's journey. In addition to working fulltime and raising a family, you have completed your program of study and are receiving your MS in Library and Information Science and maintaining a 4.0. You have demonstrated that goals and dreams can be reached with planning, determination and support. Bravo!

Dayna Cummings
Friend of student

Congratulations to all of the graduates! A special shout out Latashia White! You are so amazing and you are going to do great things! We are so proud of you! Love- Dayna and Scott

Kenyora Parham
President, African-American Alumnae/i Association of Simmons University

Welcome to the next phase of your life's chapter, Class of 2021! As you go on to enter that next phase of your life, your career, remember: Every moment in your life serves as the next stepping stone to something greater. Stay true to yourself. Be self-aware. Know your strengths. Continue to Learn. Most importantly, lift others as you climb!

Pat Shannon

It's with great admiration for your tenacity and acknowledgment that you'll be the creators of our future that my heart truly swells with hope. I humbly place it in your hands. Onward & Big Congrats to the Class of 2021!!!

Simmons Sirens
Simmons Organization

Congrats to our graduating seniors: Shannon, Leah, and Hannah! We are excited for you and will miss you so much

Simmons Hillel
Simmons Organization

Congrats to our graduating seniors! We are so proud of you and excited for your next steps!

Andrew Henderson

Kecia Boyd - Congratulations!!!!

Dad, Birgit, Carl, Mom, Don, Russell and Aunt Essie

Cheryl & Tim Rickard

Congratulations to Kate Rickard!! A Masters in Social Work!! TREMENDOUS accomplishment!! We are so proud of you. A new job and a big move coming up. You continue to impress us. All our love to you...

Renae Nembhard

Congratulations class of 2021.
Special shout-out to my brother Lushane Nembhard we are so proud of u.

You did it.

Lisa Trahant

Congratulations Emma Trahant and the Class of 2021!
We are beyond proud of your amazing accomplishments. Keep reaching for the stars and enjoy your next adventure!

Anthony Souza
Proud Parent

To Laura Elizabeth Souza

From all of your family, we are so very proud of your hard work and achievements.
Congratulations!! Go into the world and do well...
We love you very much!

Roshanta Hurt
Family Member of Graduate

I am super proud of my big cousin! You’re amazing and you’re already doing great things as we speak! Congrats on one of many great accomplishments!

Lenette Azzi-Lessing

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 and especially to our amazing daughter, Madeline Lessing, who is receiving her MSW! This battered world is in desperate need of the skills, empathy, courage, and passion for social justice that you bring! We are so proud of you!! Love, Mom & Dad

Joni Fernandez
Parent of an undergraduate

To the class of 2021, Congratulations and Best wishes!!

To my daughter Julianna Fernandez, you are so amazing and I have loved watching you grow over these past 4 years. I am so proud of what you have accomplished and I can't wait to see you save the world. you and your classmates give me hope for the future. Good luck and I know you will do amazing things. I love you.

Lauren Wagner’s Parents =)

Very proud of you Lauren and the Class of 2021! Your growth and accomplishments over the past four have been wonderful to watch. All the best for you and the Class of 2021 as you embark on the next phase of your life’s journey!

Annie Baskin
Student, my granddaughter McKinley Croteau..QD

McKinley Croteau, I can not tell you how proud I am of you for all you have accomplished to get to your goal of becoming a Future Doctor.. Your perseverance is understated and your will to become the best you can be is who you are.. You have grown so much since you entered Simmons College.. You are a beautiful person, inside and out.. I love you very much..

Grammy Annie

Diane and Peter Ware
Family of Jennifer Ware

Jennifer Ware,
We are incredibly proud of the perseverance and hard work that you have given to pursuing your Masters in Public Health. Your devotion to health equity and quality health care for all will make the world a better place.
We are excited for you in the coming years!

Much Love from Diane and Peter

Ryana Jones

Congratulations to the Class of 2021.

Special Shout-out to Safiyyah N. Elahi! I am so proud of you. You’ve worked so hard to get to this moment! All of your sleepless nights paid off. I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you accomplish next. Congratulations again, scholar!

Beth Zinn
Alumna, 1993 BS Mathematics

SHOUT OUT to the amazing SHARKS graduating, especially McKinley Croteau. You are all strong! I am so proud of you! Peace, love, and Simmons.

Moira Croteau

Words cannot begin to express how proud I am of you and what you have accomplished in your four years at Simmons. You spread your wings and have developed into strong woman personally, professionally and academically. We are confident you will be an outstanding doctor and your patients will be lucky to have you care for them.

Todd Herrmann
School of Business faculty

I arrived at Simmons at about the time you did. You've already witnessed lots of changes in the world around you. I've also witnessed changes in your skills and confidence. You're ready to go! Congratulations! You make us proud.

Kristie Ferrantella '12

Congratulations Class of 2021! Welcome to the alumnae family - it's one of the best ones to be a part of. Stay connected as you go out and conquer the world!

Carol Mulkern

To Krystin McDermott!!

I am so proud of you!! You have demonstrated such integrity and perseverance while attending a top nursing school and working at an iconic Boston hospital. I know the future holds only the best for you!

Blessed and honored to be your Mom

Ann Ramos

I am grateful for the opportunity to study and learn from the faculty and new life long friends! We made it Keri Furtado, Sarah West, Shanice Golay and Dahlia Prince! Congratulations to all of my fellow MSW c/o 2021 classmates!

Lisa Miller

Congratulations to the Class of 2021. April Rose Miller we are so incredibly proud of you. This has been a challenging and unique experience for you and we have seen you grow and flourish despite the struggles. We are so VERY excited for you as you journey overseas to continue what you've started!!! We Love You!!!!! Mom, Dad and Mary xoxo

Dr. Sharron Credle
Office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity

Congratulations and well wishes to all our 2021 graduates. Please know that earning your degree from Simmons University is a great accomplishment and should be celebrated.

Remember, the world is vast so follow your dreams wherever they take you. The world needs your gifts and talents. Remember to always trust your heart, tap into your passion, and identify your purpose.

Jennifer Baruffaldi - Harris

Congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2021! A special shout out to my daughter, Sarah Baruffaldi! The last four years have had many challenges for you and our family, you are stronger than you know and how you have persevered shows that you can overcome whatever life throws your way. Follow your dreams and enjoy the ride! I am very proud of you and your accomplishments!
With much love, Mom

Marc L'Heureux

Congratulations Eliza L'Heureux and the Class of 2021! Eliza, you are amazing and are so ready for the next chapter in your life. We are so proud of you and wish we were there to celebrate. Looking forward to the summer when we can be back together.

Mum and Dad

Claudia Townend
Parent of an undergraduate

So proud of you Laura Elizabeth Souza, BSN, class of 2021!!Such a huge accomplishment !!!You made it through a historic year...And a very demanding academic program. !!Congratulations to you and your classmates!Love you to the moon and back. Mom. XOX

Jane MacKenzie

Congratulations to the Class of 2021. So immensely proud of Cara MacKenzie for four amazing years of learning and growth, my heart swells. This always reminds me of you:

"Books everywhere. On the shelves and on the small space above the rows of books and all along the floor and under chairs, books that I have read, books that I have not read." - Edna O'Brien

Graduation is just the beginning!

Lindsay Flammey '16

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! May your perseverance and strength carry you through all of your life experiences, from the challenges, to the heartaches, to the joys and celebrations.

Ron & Terri Glenn

Congratulations Class of 2021! After arriving as Freshmen and wheeling your most important possessions to your new dorm room in those orange carts, you now leave as graduates with the most important possessions in your mind and heart. Congratulations to Cameron Glenn and the Class of 2021. YOU DID IT.

Beverly Sealey

Congratulations to all students on your successful completion of your program and for your graduation.

Chris Freeman

Congratulations, I am very proud of you, Mallory McArthur. This is just the beginning of what you're gonna accomplish.

Simmons ASA
Simmons Asian Student Association E-Board

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Special congratulations to our ASA family, especially our ASA bigs and our fearless leaders on executive board Josephine Tran-Vong and Vivian Le.

So much love, y'all are going to do amazing things, we are always here for you to come back, see you in the future at Alumni Brunches and all of the other events too ;)

Renique Kersh
Vice President of Student Affairs

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! It's your time. Live in your purpose. We are proud of all that you have endured and all you have accomplished. The best is certainly yet to come!

Juri Villesvik
Parent of a graduate student

Miranda! You did it! I am so proud of you for getting the master's degree while working full-time. Please use the skills and knowledge you acquired to further your career and personal fulfillment. You cannot imagine how proud and impressed I am. Congratulations!

Steven Edson

So very happy for Imogene Edson's accomplishments in being awarded her Masters degree in social work. Her family is thrilled for all the hard work she has put into receiving this degree. Whatever you put your mind to, this degree is proof that there is no reason why you can't realize your potential. Love you always, A very proud Dad!

Lisa Lynch
Parent of student

Congratulations Katie, Vivian, Josephine and Christina! You all stuck together and made it through. You all should be very proud of yourselves all worked hard individually and together. Best wishes for even more success! - The Lynch Family

Steve Vitkauskas

Congratulations Class of 2021! A special acknowledgement to Marylynn Sokolowski!! A very proud uncle salutes all your accomplishments. Take a deep breath to appreciate all your hard work then push-on to that PhD.

Richelle K. Smith

WE DID IT!!! Congratulations to each of you! This has been a journey!!! I lost my 17 year old nephew right at the start of my year one internship. The pain of losing him is what pushed me to the finish line. We may have all dealt with hardship during our educational journey but we made it through! Congrats! Congrats! Now go change the world, don't let the world change you!

Lola Pelaez

Congratulations class of 2021, we are so proud of you! Remember that not only viruses, but courage and dreams are also contagious, so please go and spread your own dreams.

Renata Bule '15

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Your Simmons experience is going to continue to grow and expand beyond the day you graduate- you're now a part of a vibrant alumnx community and we're all so excited to have you!

Lindsay Laguna

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! The Simmons community is proud of you for having reached this milestone. You have accomplished so much while navigating a new world. I wish all of you the best as you celebrate this great achievement!

Jamie Witkus

I am so proud of my daughter and the class of 2021, you have climbed to the highest challenge. You all have to be so proud of yourself to get through this particular crazy year. But you did it. It will make you Stronger to be able to accomplish your dreams and become very strong young adults. Now fly high and become the best of the best in your future endeavors.

Randi Lite

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! You rock! In honor of the marathon senior year you have had, I am offering the best Marathon Toast I could find in Google: "A marathon is not about winning, it is about completing. A marathon is not about rapid gains, it is about ability to endure... A marathon is not about the thrill, it is about stamina and skill."

You are almost at the finish line - keep breathing!

Eduardo Febles

Congratulations on all of your achievements, especially during these difficult times! I wish you the very best in all of your future endeavors. Keep in touch with us as we are always happy to learn how our graduates are making positive changes in the world.


Laureen Lee

Congratulations to the class of 2021! This year has been like no other and your dedication and fortitude during this pandemic is much to be admired. You will all be qualified and compassionate future leaders. I am proud to have a daughter (Elise Therriault) who has graduated with such a stellar group of women. Cheers!

Amanda Arpe
Athletics Staff

Congratulations to the Field Hockey Senior Sharks!

Thank you for all you have given to the program over the past four years. You have made a lasting impact on the field and in the hearts of your team mates! Wishing you all the best in your bright future!

Jason Wood
University Archivist

Simmons Class of 2021, you have made it through a most challenging, most memorable, most bleary-eyed year--truly one for the history books. We are all so impressed by your dedication, hard work, and resilience. Congratulations for all you've accomplished and for all that you will!

Carol Mulkern

Congratulations Class of 2021!! Shout out to Krystin McDermott !! We are so proud of all of your accomplishments!!

Shawna Butler

Congratulations to all the graduating seniors! You have weathered a challenging storm as you have finished up your education. This shows your strength and tenacity. I hope it only gets better from here for all of you. Don't ever dull your shine!

Amber Stubbs

Congratulations, Class of 2021! We are living through strange times, but you pulled through with humor and grace. I hope you will come back to visit -- we'll miss you!

Nanette Veilleux

Congratulations Class of 2021!

What a long, strange trip it's been. As seniors, I am so grateful for your leadership during these chaotic times. You were patient with the last minute changes, the months of "not-knowing-for-sure". You were game to try new things, patient with bumbling zoom breakout rooms, gracious as we tried different combinations of synch and asych modules, patient -- did I say 'patient' already? -- with faculty and technology and, finally, kind and generous to first year students who you have never seen in RL.

Plus, in a year of moving and shaking, you lived up to the Simmons tradition of moving and shaking this place! Love it and love you!

Erin DeCurtis

Congratulations Class of 2021! Best wishes for the great things you will accomplish!

Charlene Spiceland

Congratulations Simmons Graduates! Best wishes for all your tomorrows! I know life has many more wonderful things in store for you. Bask in your success today and rise to the challenges of tomorrow!

Niloufer Sohrabji

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! You have been amazing during this challenging year. We are so proud of you. Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

Stephen Pusateri
Office of Military & Veteran Services

Congratulations to all of our student-veterans and military family members. What an enormous achievement during extraordinary circumstances. I'm so proud of all of you and wish you all the best as you embark on your next career move. Please stay in touch and let us know how and what you're doing.

Kim Harriman

Congratulations Class of 2021! You will always be remembered as the class that endured the most challenging of years - and you persevered nonetheless. Special shout out to my daughter, Annie Harriman. We love you and are so proud!

Rebecca Beitel

Congratulations to all of the 2021 graduates and best of luck! Special shout out to Julia Waldron. You’re achievements have made me so proud and this is only the beginning! Looking forward to seeing you soar at grad school! Next stop Fordham University!

Melinda Gushwa

You did it! You are going to go out into the world and do amazing things. Congratulations to the Class of 2021-- nothing can stop you, not even a pandemic!

Denise Horn

We are so proud of you, Class of 2021! You have shown amazing resilience in this difficult year, and have met every challenge with strength and grace. You'll always have a home here at Simmons. Congratulations!

Meagan Chambers '13

Congratulations on graduating from Simmons! Welcome to the alum family, we're proud to have you in our community!

Anna Beasley

Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!

Kristina Pechulis

Congratulations to the Class of 2021. Wishing you the best in your future endeavors.

Sophia Vale

To the Class of 2021, congrats!

This year has been full of so many challenges, but you all have persevered and made it to that final stage in your Simmons journey. No matter what the future holds in store for you all, know that you are bold, brave, and brilliant. You can handle anything that comes your way!


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Commencement Celebrations

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! This is one of the most exciting times of the year as we prepare to recognize your accomplishments and celebrate the promising journey ahead.