Congratulate the Class of 2020

Read messages of congratulations to the Class of 2020!

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Bill Davenport

Congratulations to Mr pokci Van Chesnel Moussopo, you have done an amazing job staying positive through this challenging time of COVID-19. Your persistence, determination, and resilience will take you far in our Cybersecurity program. Wishing you all the best as you embark upon your new career! Stay safe and see you in 2021

Shelly Malbranche
Twinzie of Graduate Jayne Semexant

Congratulations to the 2020 Graduates of Simmons University. Special shout to Jayne Semexant, You did it!!!!

Lynne Helfand

Rachel Stone
We are so proud of all you have accomplished and who you are. This is a great accomplishment! You are amazing and I'm looking forward to all your we adventures! With love,
Mom and Dad

Diane Murphy

Congratulations Brittany Hunter! You worked so hard to get this degree while working for most of the time, raising 4 children all under the age of 9 and keeping your home under semi control. I am so proud of you and your accomplishment. You will do wonderful things and I am blessed to be your mother. I love you so very much!

Jacquelyn Hopper

I am so proud of my daughter, Rebecca Nicole Hopper. She is such an amazing, talented, hard worker. She cares for people with such intensity and fights hard to make sure that those with any kind of disability or trauma are taken care of. Perhaps that is why she sailed through graduate school with a 3.97 GPA in 18 months, while working full time.

Becky, your spirit of compassion, love, honesty, commitment, joy, justice, and concern are such a part of you. I am so proud of all that you have accomplished and I really look forward to see how you will change the world for the better.

"She believed she could, so she did" was the quote I gave her at her undergrad celebration. This graduation's quote is “The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.” —Maya Angelou as well as “Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.” —Nora Ephron and I would add children.

Go forward with courage, knowing that you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to. I am honored and so proud of you.

Love always, your number 1 cheerleader,

Lisa Konrad
Friend - Rachel Jaffe

My dearest Rachel
I want to congratulate you from the bottom of my heart. Even from the other side of the world (Europe), I could be invited to your graduation during these times and I'm grateful for witnessing you - one of the most special and wonderful friends - graduate. Well done, my Lady!

Nancy McGinn

Amanda Smith we are so proud of all that you have accomplished. Your determination and hard work shows your children and us all that you can do anything. Wishing you continued success, you deserve it!!!!!

Love and Big Hugs,

Nancy and Bud

Cherry Valera
Best and favourite aunt ever

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020! Special shoutout to Rachelle Sue, Master of Science in Nursing! We live our lives vicariously through you! You make us so proud. To God be glory! Love much and always, sissy and uncle

Natalie Pereira
Her favorite aunt....

Amanda Nicole Kasper....
What an amazing young lady you have become...
I am so proud of all that you have accomplished in your 4 years at Simmons.
Could not love you more...

Marlene Lautenschlager

Congratulations, Miriam! Mom, Dad, and Grandpa are so proud of you! (Angel, too!). We miss you!

Oscar Treviño

Adam Valsahum:
I congratulate you and send you a big hug, I am very happy for you and grateful to be part of your family.

Angeline Sue
Proud parent of Rachelle Sue!

Congratulations, Rachelle, Master of Science in Nursing !! You make us so proud of your accomplishments! When you graduated from Elementary, we told you "Aim high and hit the marks!", you graduated with Honors in High School. When you graduated from High School, we told you "Aim high and shoot for the stars!" You did it!! This is not the end - life is a journey. Wishing you all the best in life!!

Love, mom, dad, Justin and Boston.

Kimberly Boothby-Downing

Congratulations to all FNP graduates! You have done an amazing job staying positive through this challenging time of COVID-19. Your persistence, determination, and resilience will take you far in our NP profession. Wishing you all the best as you embark upon your new career!

Norma Mann

Congratulations to all the nursing at Simmons graduates. We are so proud of your accomplishments!

Jim Byrd

We are all so very PROUD of you and your accomplishments. You have made our family HAPPY, and we are GREATFULL to HONOR you and your classmates TODAY.
Showing lots of LOVE from Crockett, TX all the way to NYC

Keri Petersen
Meredith Dean, Masters Graduate 2020

Meredith Dean - congrats you beautiful woman!! So proud of you and miss you lots. :) cheers to your bright and wonderful future!! And an extra cheers bc you know I need to finish this drink lol. Love you! -Keri

Ethel Wright

Katoya Yvette Mudd Wright,
Congratulations on your degree "Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner"!!

Your family is so proud of you. May God's Grace and Mercy continue to Bless You Katoya, as you pursue your new career!!

Aunt Ethel

Garrett Callahan
Proud fiancé of Meredith Dean, Masters of Science in Special Education Graduate

Congratulations, Meredith!! I am so extremely impressed and in awe of how amazing you are! You've accomplished so much in the last year and a half and have worked so hard for your Master's degree. You are an incredible teacher, so talented and I'm so happy and proud for you!!

I can't wait to continue to celebrate you and be alongside you as you continue to shine! Love you so much!

Love, Garrett and Winston

Kareemah Stepney

Congratulations Tanya Mills!!! I am so proud of you and all of your hard work.

Kenyora Parham ‘10
President, Simmons’ African American Alumnae/i Association

Happy Commencement Day and Congratulations to the Class of 2020!! May all that you have learned at Simmons continue to carry you through in life. Wear Simmons proud and loud! Welcome to the alumni side!

Special Congratulations to the Black, Latinx, and Asian graduates! You are resilient and a force to be recognized. Continue to be who you are and empower others to see in themselves, what I see in you. You are a Simmons graduate and don’t ever forget that. #ClassOf2020

Spela Trefalt

CONGRATULATIONS to the wonderful, amazing, and inspiring MBAs and HCMBAs of 2020!! I feel so lucky to have been with you on your path to this fabulous achievement. Congratulations and please, stay in touch!!

Karen Cowan
Alumnae/parent of Graduate student

Resa we are all so proud of everything you have accomplished in your life. Wishing you all the success that this milestone will afford you! Lovingly Mom & Dad!

Meaghan DeSoto
Proud future Sister-in-Law, Brother-in-Law, Nephew and Nieces of Meredith Dean, M.Ed

Congratulations Meredith! You're the best! We are so proud of your hard work for your Masters in Education! You are already a fantastic teacher, and we can't wait to see what you do! Love you!

Meaghan, Jonathan, Sarah, Jack and Eleanor

Brenda Robert

To my daughter Alicia Robert Volel: this is one accomplishment of many that you have met and I know there are many more to come. I've witnessed the countless hours, hard work, the sacrifices and the amazing grades. You are an amazing daughter, mother and friend. Congratulations and conquer your dreams sweet daughter!

Janet Locke
Mother of student

Congratulations to all the graduates. Best wishes for a bright future. May your contributions make the world a better place.

Janna DeRupo

Congratulations, Sarah!
We are so proud of you!!!!!

Maru Flowers

Adam Valsahum
Dear Bro
We are very proud of you, you are great, everything is effort reflected in this graduation

We love you

Josephine Atinaja-Faller

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!!!
Go forth and make your mark in the world. You have made history. Best wishes for a bright future!

Ayainna Volel

I love your hard work and dedication that got you through.even though you cried every piece of hurt got you to victory

Miranda Dean

I love you so much sista! I’m your biggest fan now!!!

Maryann Borden

So proud of my daughter Brittany Brady. You always amaze me with your drive and commitment to help yourself and others.
This year was a tuff one..
You endured, pushed and finally ..
You Finished.Looking forward to the next chapter in your life.

Love you,

Taylor Callahan
Future Sister-In-Law of Meredith Dean, M. Ed Grad, Class of 2020!

Congratulations Mere!!! I am so so proud of you and all the hard work you put in to achieve your Masters in Education!! It wasn't easy, but you did it!!

I'm so lucky to call you, not only my future sister-in-law, but also a best friend!! Can't wait to celebrate you and all your exciting events of 2020!! We love you!!

Emily Aleman

Congratulations Meredith!! You’re amazing at everything you do, I’m so happy for you and excited for your future! I love you so much :)

Sumaira Afzal
Religious Advisor

Congratulations Class of 2020!
A group of remarkable, dedicated and brilliant individuals!

Wishing you all the best!
With love and prayers

Cecilia Sosa

Congratulations to my daughter Alexus Danielle Cruz. You have achieved the first milestone , a bachelor's degree ... God Bless you always, we are beyond happy and thankful to God for your life.

Felicidades Hija mia, te amo! mom! Cecilia Sosa

Lisa Caloss
Friend of Meredith Dean

Congratulations, Meredith! My heart bursts with pride for you as I know you’ve worked so hard to achieve this milestone, I’m thinking about you today and sending you lots of love and hugs from Mississippi!

Laura Brink Pisinski

Congratulations to the class of 2020! While it wasn't exactly the celebration you anticipated, it was so wonderful to see your families, your dogs and other pets, and your decorated homes! Best wishes and all good things for your future!

Gail Indeglia

Congrats Shane on earning your Master's Degree!! We are so proud!!

Love you,
Mom & Dad

Jane Hill

Congrats to Amanda Smith!
We are all so proud of you.You deserve a ton of credit!!
Love The Hills xxxooo

Debbie and Bill Trull
Parents of Olivia Trull

Congratulations Olivia Trull and the Class of 2020! We are so very proud of you!!

Robin Stroike

Congratulations to Meredith Dean!!!!!!! You have worked so hard for this and we couldn’t be more proud of you!!!! We love you so much!
Greg & Robin

Mary Struzska-Tyamayev
Director, Center for Global Education

Congratulations Class of 2020! You did it! You should be all so proud of completing your degree, through all the challenges and all the difficulties that this year has brought!

A special congratulations, congratulazioni, felicidades, félicitations, parabéns , chúc mừng, 卒業おめでとう, 恭喜 , 졸업을 축하해, and مبروك to all of our International Student graduates and Study Abroad participants! We are so proud of you and your global Simmons journey!

Elaine MacKay
Aunt of student

Congratulations to my niece Lauren Russo! So proud of you!

Jewell Weekes

Congratulations Sasha Weekes-Medina on your accomplishments and milestones. I am do proud and happy that you achieved your goal after all that hard work. One of your greatest strengths is your determination & enthusiasm, you're great contributor to society. God bless you and may you earn many more achievements. Congratulations. May 15, 2020 Love Mother

Lorcan Carleton

Congratulations Clara Carleton!!!! We(Auntie Nicole, Matthew, Holden and I) are so proud of you and everything you have accomplished. I can’t believe it’s been four years since I helped move you into your dorm. You are going to do amazing things in the future. We love you and wish you the best of luck.

Kathleen Rogers

Congratulations to everyone in the Class of 2020. I wish you safe passage through the next chapters of your life.

Lynne Pellegrino
Aunt of Kellie Cann

I want to congratulate to my wonderful niece, Kellie Rose Cann. I am so proud of you! I know you’ve worked very hard you’ve worked to get where you are today. You should be so proud of yourself. You are such a wonderful nurse! I love you so much!

Betty Slatko

Dear Lynnie- We are so very proud of you and all you have accomplished. With four children & a full-time job you have completed your MSW at Simmons University with determination & style.
Much love and admiration,
Barto & Mom

Spela Trefalt

I couldn't be more proud of the School of Business class of 2020! You are an amazing group of women. Individually and as a group you have impressed me and inspired me. I am excited for your new adventures - and thrilled for the world to have you contributing to it. To you and to all other Simmons graduates of 2020 - CONGRATULATIONS!

Louis Kaplan

Congratulations to the graduates of 2020!

Sina Sam

CONGRATULATIONS dear Sis!!!! You are the first person in our family to graduate from private university, and one of the very few Cambodian Americans (if not the FIRST one) to join Simmons University as an ELITE Dix Scholar, campus leader, and overall phenomenal Alumna. We are so, soooooo very proud! Thank you for leading the way for a brighter future for our family, the Khmer community and all the meaningful impact you'll be making on the literary world to come! CHEERS TO YOU, Scholar Sis!

Valerie Bassett
Friend of student

So proud of Milagros Sanchez! Congratulations on this accomplishment. There are many more ahead. Love,

Janice Weekes
Family member of grad graduate

Sasha Weekes, we are soooooo proud of you. What a major accomplishment. You have always been a "go getter". The sky is the limit for you. Continue to dream BIG!!!!! Your dad would be sooooo proud of you. Looking forward to a LIVE celebration soon. Love, Aunty & Uncle

Kathleen and Michael Callahan
Future mother-in-law and father-in-law of a student

We are so proud of you Meredith!
Congratulations on your Masters in Education Degree!
Michael and Kathy

Derek Tymon
Family of student

Congrats Meredith Hansen!!! #champion

Mukund Kapadia
Proud Parent of Nancy Shashank Kapadia, MSN Grad, Class 2020

Congratulations Nancy on your Graduation.
It's a dream come true to be a Nurse practitioner. We are proud of your accomplishment and the hardships, ups & downs you have faced for the last 3 years. Now you are ready to face new and bigger challenges in life. Always think of giving back more and more to society which is a way to happiness.

It's disheartening that in-person convocation is not held this year due to Covid-19 pandemic. Still we feel that this is a special day for you and all of us as you have become a part of Nurse Community and are ready to serve the society when it is needed most in fighting Covid-19 pandemic.

Keep believing in yourself as you always do and there is no limit what you can do.

Thank You for making us Proud.

Tammy Burns

Rita Cook, my Boston daughter
You were a gift and a true blessing to meet four years ago. I could not have asked for a better roommate and introduction to Boston than you and your wonderful family. I wish you all the best as you embark on your next chapter and know that you can always count on your Chicago family for anything. Congratulations!
***Class of 2020***

Tammy Burns

To my most wonderful daughter, Vanessa Burns. I am so proud of you, graduating with your Bachelors and Masters in four years and making it look easy! I cannot wait to see what you do next. I am lucky to have such an inspiration to look up to. All my love and CONGRATULATIONS!
***Class of 2020***

Kristi Dean
Parent of Graduate

Congratulations to all the 2020 Graduates!!
Sending much love especially to Meredith Dean, receiving her MSEd. I am beyond proud of all your hard work Meredith! Big huge Hugs from your momma in Texas!

Kline Jones
Friend of Meredith Dean

Howdy Meredith! I want to congratulate you on earning your Masters degree. You earned it! You are such a light to be around and I know that you continue to share that light with many others in your future. I wish you all of the success in wherever God takes you!

Heidi Petersen
Friend of Meredith Dean, Masters Degree recipient

Meredith, you have always been a top-notch friend and a star in the classroom. I am so proud of you for always challenging yourself in new ways, and for encouraging those around you to be the best version of themselves. You are compelling in the way you care for others, and this next step in your education and career is a testament to that. You set a high bar for yourself and bing bang boom you have achieved it!

You are my go-to, my sister, and my move-a-couch-with-a-Prius-breakfast-for-dinner best friend. Congrats on your HUGE year, and the many good things coming your way - you are so deserving and I’m so happy to watch you continue shining!

Jill Dooley
Proud Parent of Lauren Meredith Kaye, Class 2020

So proud of you Lauren. These past four years, I’ve seen you grow and explore all your passions from thriving in your courses, to creating friendships of a lifetime, creative internships, volunteering, mentoring incoming freshmen to international travels. You’ve accomplished so much with dedication and perseverance. I see you doing wonderful things in your life. All your dreams are ahead of you. Enjoy the journey!! Congratulations! You did it sweetie! Love Mom

Steven Soqui
Proud Father of Alexandra Soqui 2020

Congratulations Ali (CHIGGY)!

You have always been destined for greatness, and today I could not be prouder of you. Your hard work, dedication, and mental toughness has led you to achieving this great accomplishment today. I have enjoyed watching my princess flourish into a college educated, well rounded, independent, kind hearted, woman who is full of life and energy. Your future is bright, and I cannot wait to see what is next in your life adventure. It seems like yesterday when I was catching and coaching you in softball from age 8-18. Those days are precious to me and I will always hold them close and dear to my heart. I love you Ali, congratulations princess.

Kathleen Smith
Parent of Graduate Amanda Smith Master’s Degree

Congratulations Amanda,
You should be so proud of yourself. Your strong will, determination, and desire to make a better life for you, your two children, and others has finally come to fruition earning this degree! We can’t wait to see what your future holds. You are proof that where there’s a will there’s a way!

Wishing you all the happiness you deserve in this next chapter of life. You CAN make your dreams come true after all! This is proof. YOU can do anything you set your mind to.

Congratulations! We are so proud of you.

Dad and Mom

Carmen Benjamin
Simmons MSW Graduate Class of 2020

Quanesha Boykins, I am so incredibly proud of you! You did it! Thank you for being a wonderful classmate and friend! I am looking forward to witnessing the impact of your professional work.

Robin Smith
Proud Family of Kennedy Smith

Congratulations Kennedy!

Even though graduation looks different for you, the achievement is still the same. You’ve put in the hard work. You’ve learned and grown so much. We couldn’t be prouder. We’ll always be here for you, cheering you on.

Love, Nana, Poppi, Aunt Robin and Jessica

Charlotte Russell

To everyone in the Class of 2020, especially those in Biology and Nursing, I am very proud of all that you have achieved and I am honored to have been your professor. Remember to come back and say Hi! and remember that I am always there if you need me.

Congratulations to all - Prof "Russ" Russell

Leanne Doherty
Faculty, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Here are my remarks from tonight's Celebration for the Class of 2020.

Good evening. Thank you to the Class of 2020 for bestowing this honor upon me. When I spoke to Maralee about what would be some good themes for tonight’s remarks, she told me to “just be myself.” Well, just being myself often scares people, but I will give it a shot.

It would be very easy to give the graduating class of 2020 an eloquent breakdown of their grit, determination, and resiliency shown not only over the last two months, but of their entire four years while at Simmons. Those words often find their way into culminating speeches – and they are true. However, I am going to try to put into words what I have seen, especially over the last two months, that situate you uniquely in the world we know in May 2020.

When you have taught for as long as I have (twenty years this spring), you get known for certain catch phrases, mannerisms, and dare I say quirks within the student population. My love of NSYNC, all things sports, a snide, cynical comment of “well, that’s an interesting choice” when it comes to policy makers have been things I have known about myself (and students remind me of them often). Teaching remotely and looking at myself every day has showed me I do this weird side smirk with my mouth – always to my left- when I think I am being funny. Tonight, I thought I would focus on a phrase I often like to say, typically before tests and assignments are due; “when it comes down to it, just get it done.”

We were thrown a major curve ball in March this year – yes, that really is only two months ago – when time still had meaning. I left campus on March 6, like many of you did, getting ready to enjoy the downtime that is Spring Break and get ready for the last weeks of the semester. I never thought it would be the last time I was on campus, the last time I saw my students in “real life”, the last time I would get to have coffee with my colleagues, my last torturous commute from Boston to the MetroWest suburbs. And it very well could have been the last time – we could have just quit, said it was too hard, tapped out, and said, well, that was that.

However, Class of 2020, you did not do that. When it came down to it, you just got it done.

You drove to local libraries to use their Wifi in the parking lots to do your now synchronous and asynchronous work. You worked on the frontlines – medical facilities, National Guard call ups, grocery stores, delivery services, child care for siblings and your own children – all of this now fell on you. For some of you, before Covid-19, these tasks already did fall to you and now were multiplied by the pressure of school work that was changing as well.

Some of you had to figure out how to get home, whether to Dorchester or to Los Angeles, in a record time, when the entire world was trying to get home. Some of you had to stay, without the support systems that was your Simmons community, but Simmons was your home.

All the while, things continued to be cancelled or changed – these things you were waiting for, dreaming about, counting down until – all became things that would happen next month, or next year, or who knows when….

And yet, you still just got it done. You checked in on your friends, peers. You sent notes to your faculty to make sure they were doing ok. The staff you had worked so closely with became even more important to check in on. You turned in papers, you came to class, you continued internships remotely. None of us ever signed up for this, however, just showing up and engaging made enough of an impression on your faculty (especially this faculty member) that some of us got creative about ways we engage with students when we couldn’t just have our office door open for you to walk through.

So, in my mind, getting it done is helped through setting achievable goals. Showering, wearing pants that have a button once every two weeks, Zoom cocktail hours, and twice a week emails to Political Science and International Relations students have been examples of me getting it done. These things made the remote teaching, advising, and engagement easier to adjust to – routine helps.

You, Class of 2020, have gone above and beyond that, as I stated before. Just think about this – you are graduating college during a pandemic. Five, ten years down the road - at an interview, a party, a reunion, you get to be the class that says that. Therefore, you need not use the words “hardworking” or “problem solver” or “critical thinker” or “ready for a challenge”. All you need to say, when asked when you graduated, say, Spring of 2020 and folks will already know you are indeed special and ready to do the nearly impossible. That you just got it done, no matter what sacrifices needed to be made. That is above and beyond an achievable goal – that might just be the most amazing accomplishment imaginable.

So, to the incomparable Class of 2020, I leave you with this. These are very “interesting” times. However, you hit the game winning shot at the buzzer. You get to say “Bye, Bye, Bye” to Simmons University knowing full well that what you accomplished was nothing short of amazing. Those of you I know well, a sincere thank you for lifting my spirits through your emails, your Instagram posts, and your amazing work ethic. To all of you, I don’t think I have ever been prouder to know a graduating class. It is because of all of you I will continue to get it done, as I owe it to those that come after you. It will be an honor to teach in the memory of your class. Congratulations to the Class of 2020.

Maria Gamba
Proud family of Juliana Gamba, Class of 2020

Congratulations Juli!! We are so so proud of everything you've accomplished and all the hard work you did these past four years. We know that your future is going to be so bright and we are so excited to see what you do next!! Te queremos mucho! Love, Papi, Mami y Dani

Meredith Alfred

Congratulations SLIS graduates! A special congrats to my wonderful girlfriend, Katie Carlson. It has been an honor to be your cheerleader these past 2 years. You are an incredibly hard worker and I can't wait to see where life takes you. I couldn't be prouder. I love you!

Rebecca Davis
Faculty/School of Library and Information Science

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!!

To all of the SLIS graduates, you all have persevered and shown that you are capable of accomplishing more than you thought that you could. I wish everyone the best as you move on to pursue your dreams!

Katie Conboy
Former Provost—and Proud mom of Caitriona O'Grady, MSW '20

Caitríona O'Grady, you are a star! You've showed brilliance and perseverance in achieving your MSW! We are so proud of you, and we know you'll be an amazing social worker. The world needs you!

Katie Conboy
Former Provost

Class of 2020, we wish we could have celebrated with you in person, but please know how proud we are of your accomplishments and how grateful we are to you for your contributions to Simmons University during your time as a student.

We will all remember—FOREVER—this season of commencement, probably in a way no other class ever will! Stay in touch with each other, and stay in touch with us! Best wishes always!

Heather Fortin

Congratulations to the 2020 Simmons-NECC Autism Specialization Program graduates. I am so proud of all of you.
Many special education students will benefit from your teaching for decades to come.
Enjoy this day - you did it!

Judith Aronson

Congratulations to the class of 2020. To the students I have taught over the past 4 years: I will miss seeing your faces at graduation, but your accomplishments and dedication to serious professional work has been apparent wherever you are - a pleasure to see. There is no question that you've learned how to cope, not only with the subject matter of the classes taken, but an extraordinary upheaval to life and your education as we've known it. This experience is not without its benefits in moving you to understand life on earth and your futures. Keep in touch and another huge congratulations.

Nerie Mena

Adaliz Cruz:
You were born to excel and succeed. It was a promise. Congratulations on your newest achievement. We know there will be many more to come. Continue working with passion for what you set out to do.
Adaliz, you make us proud!
God bless you,
Your Family (Ma, Pa, Joey y Alexa)

Edie Bresler

Dear class of 2020, your resilience throughout this spring semester is a reflection of all you have achieved and accomplished. I hope you can take some time for yourselves to savor today and know how proud and grateful we are for your spirit and commitment. Class of 2020, You rock!

Stephen Pusateri
Assistant Director of Military & Veteran Services

Congratulations to all of you. You've completed a difficult task made more difficult by the pandemic, and are going to be all the stronger as candidates in your future school and career endeavors for it.

Congratulations to all of our graduating student-veterans and military families. I know you're going to become leaders in your field. Please stay in touch. Wishing you all the best!

Susan Antonelli
Former Dean of Students

From the first day you arrived on campus, the Class of 2020 has been remarkable. Your talents, your brilliance, and your gifts were obvious from the moment we all met you. Our undergraduates came ready to learn and make a difference in the community and the world. Our graduate students were already pillars of their professions who we became lucky to know. This special class will be remembered, yes, for the way your days with us ended...and no one will ever forget the light you brought to Simmons in the days that you were here.

Brian Norman
Dean, The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities

Thank you, Class of 2020, for the knowledge, passion, and hard work you will bring to your professions and your communities. I hope you will pause to celebrate your accomplishments—not to mention your resilience—and reflect on all that you have to offer. Simmons has prepared you to ask hard questions, tackle complex problems, and care about justice. The world needs you right now.

Adam Kriesberg

Congratulations to all of our Simmons SLIS grads this year! You've certainly had a wild final term and while we are sad not to be able to celebrate your accomplishments in person we are still proud of all you've done. We are looking forward to following your careers as leaders in libraries, archives, and as all manner of information professionals!

Allison Lunt
Sister of MSW grad!

Congrats class of 2020! A very special congrats to my sister, Marianne Lunt! You did it! I'm so proud

Adrienne Pomeroy

Congratulations Class of 2020! The world needs you more than ever!

Niloufer Sohrabji

Congratulations class of 2020! We are so proud of you. To my Econ students, I will miss you.

Todd Herrmann
School of Business Faculty

You are a special class that has been tested for your resilience, courage, and flexibility. These are qualities that will serve you well in the years ahead. I've had the opportunity to teach a few of you, and you make me proud! Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Lynne Devnew
Co-President of the Alumnae/i Association

I've had such fun filming for my small parts in your very special commencement ceremony - with lots of ingenuity the planning team found ways to keep commencement traditions alive and well. I'm looking forward to being with you, virtually, for this important event.

It seems hard to believe, but I don't even remember my commencement ceremony. I expect you will all remember yours and have stories to share "forever"! Congratulations on your achievements, best wishes for the future, and WELCOME TO THE ALUMNAE/I ASSOCIATION.

Nakeisha Cody
Assistant Provost & Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

Congratulations to the class of 2020! I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with some of you and look forward to seeing your continued success and positive impact on our world!

Michelle Lifton
Former Director, Events for Advancement

Thanks to any senior at Simmons who helped with events on campus. Our team was always truly impressed with your professionalism, positive attitude and energy to promote the Simmons community. Congratulations!

Lynne Devnew
Co-President of the Alumnae/i Association

I've had such fun filming for my small parts in your very special commencement ceremony - with lots of ingenuity the planning team found ways to keep commencement traditions alive and well. I'm looking forward to being with you, virtually, for this important event.

It seems hard to believe, but I don't even remember my commencement ceremony. I expect you will all remember yours and have stories to share "forever"! Congratulations on your achievements, best wishes for the future, and WELCOME TO THE ALUMNAE/I ASSOCIATION.

Sanda Erdelez
SLIS Professor & Director

Dear graduates of Simmons School of Library and Information Science (SLIS)! Congratulations on completing your master’s degrees in library and information science. You are joining the ranks of librarians, archivists and many other information professionals who are dedicated to connecting people with information. We are proud of your achievements especially during this unprecedented time. Current public health and political situation clearly shows the importance of timely, complete, unbiased information supported by science. You will have critical roles in making this information accessible, easy to find and use. While the future brings many unknowns, you should trust in the skill set you gained at SLIS and look for the opportunities to translate it into various professional contexts. And don’t forget to stay in touch! SLIS is here to support you in your new adventures.

Amy Ballin

Congratulations to special education teachers. It is exciting to know you are out there changing the world. Stay in touch!

Jacqueline Jones
Alumna Class of 1979

Congratulations Class of 2020 with a special shout out to my sorority sister Precious Figueroa-Solztek! We all have something to offer the world, and for you, Precious, this is just the beginning!

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." Thoreau

Dianne Cann
Parents of John Cann Simmons FNP Program

You have made us beyond proud - The time and dedication you have put in to achieving your dream is beyond AMAZING! And incomprehensible! We love you and just continue making your amazing choices!

Love- Mom and Dad
Proud Parents of John W. Cann, FNP, RN

"It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
-Albus Dumbledore

Chris Evans

To all the graduates in the Autism Specialization program at NECC:
You are the real HEROS/SHEROS today and everyday! I am so proud of the work that you do for our students to provide them the highest quality education. You are truly the most hard working, dedicated and inspiring teachers I know. You have earned your letters... M.S. Ed.
Today is your day to SHINE! Well done!

Debra Perez
SVP Org. Culture, Inclusion and Equity

Congratulations to the incredible class of 2020. Your strength, determination and courage was tested until the very end and yet let the Phoenix, you rose to the challenge. Your gifts and talents are needed now more than ever. Go forth and fulfill your divine purpose.

Sara Squeglia
Associate Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Congratulations Class of 2020! While this is not the celebration you expected and deserved, you should be immensely proud of all you accomplished. It has been an absolute joy watching you all grow, learn and thrive over these last four years, and you will always hold a special place in my heart as my first undergraduate class at Simmons. I envisioned watching you across the stage since your first days on campus, and I will be there cheering (very loudly, from my kitchen) on Zoom for you. I can't wait to see what you do next!

A very special shoutout to the Class of 2020 Nursing students! Since your first semester, I knew you were all destined to do great things, and now more than ever, your passion, dedication and love for the profession is shining through. THANK YOU for all you do, and will continue to do. Celebrate yourselves today!

Erica Schuling
Associate Athletic Director/Head Soccer Coach

Congratulations Class of 2020! Your transformation during your time at Simmons has been amazing to watch. I wish you the best as you embark on your next adventure.

To the 32 student athletes graduating: I am in awe of all you have accomplished. Balancing your sport with the rigorous academic workload is not an easy feat. You are true CHAMPIONS! Sharks for life!

Eliana Taveras

Congratulations Isis Danielle Rivera. "Through hardships untold..." you've seen it to the end, you made it and I am so very proud of you! Congratulations. And to the rest of class 2020, sending my love to all of you and a great big congrats! I'm so sorry Corona stole the show this year.

Kate Tighe
Alumnae, Class of 2005

Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment!! Never, ever stop believing that you can do whatever you set your mind to. You’ll hear “no” so many times, but your belief in “yes” is what will change the world.

Sharon Callender

Congratulations to the Dotson Students and Nursing Class of 2020. The long hours of studying have paid off. Job well done. Looking forward to welcoming you to the Nursing Family. Next Step....passing the NCLEX. You got this!!!

Sharon Callender
Friend and Faculty

Congratulations Jenny Valdez. You did it and you should be proud. So glad that I get the opportunity to work with you and have seen you grow professionally. Enjoy this new accomplishment and get ready, because great things are about to happen for you.

Alicia LaPolla

Congratulations, Class of 2020! You should be so proud of this incredible achievement. As you look back on your time at Simmons, I hope you will remember the moments both in and out of the classroom who have shaped who you are. Take the time to thank those who have helped you get here. Although your time on campus may come to an end, you will always be a part of the Simmons family. Go do things that make you happy!

Caitlyn Shoemaker
Alumnae/i class of 2015

Class of 2020- As you depart Simmons for you respective career paths, think on the current situation not as a negative but as a situation that made you stronger and more prepared for the future. Combined with your amazing experiences at Simmons, you're ready to rock anything life throws at you! Congratulations, Sharks, you did it!

Elizabeth Willoughby

Congratulations on being part of the class of 2020! While your celebrations might be small your accomplishments are huge! You are all going to accomplish great things, and have the memories of your time at Simmons to help you!

Enjoy your moment and be proud of all you have done!

Kristin Nelson

Congratulations to all the seniors and graduate students in education. Please keep in touch and let me know how your job searches go!

Christine Ryberg
Class of ‘02

You will do amazing things! Graduation may not be celebrated the way you expected, but you will always have the Simmons community supporting you the best way possible.

Lola Peláez
Professor of Spanish, Co-Chair MLL

Félicitacions! Enhorabuena! Auguri! Zhùhè ( 祝贺)! Omedetōgozaimasu (おめでとうございます)! to the class of 2020 from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures with our best wishes for your next adventure in life. It has been a privilege to share our languages and cultures with you!

Sharyn Lowenstein
Beyond proud parent of Emma Lowenstein, Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020,
You are graduating in extraordinary times. Please carry your passion, drive, and resilience forward. These will keep you strong, alive, and aware. We have faith that you will make this world a better, more compassionate place, and use your skills and talents to move mountains.

Alie Wilkins
Assistant Director Campus Visit Services, Undergraduate Admission

Congratulations, Class of 2020! YOU DID IT! The celebrations may be smaller this year, but the accomplishment is still just as big. You should be so, so proud. I know we are.

Lois Rockcastle

Congratulations!! Best wishes for your future as family nurse practitioners. Being a part of your educational journey has truly been a pleasure. You will be most welcome and valued as colleagues.

Talia Hirsh
Associate Director, Undergraduate Advising

Class of 2020! You hold a special place in my heart as you are the first class I worked with for an entire academic year at Simmons. I had always envisioned watching you walk across the stage at commencement and while things might look a little different this year, I am thrilled to be able to watch you obtain your degrees and celebrate virtually. You are a special, dedicated, motivated and fierce group of students and I am so proud of your accomplishments! Congratulations Class of 2020! Sending big hugs to you all!

Beverly Sealey
Faculty of Social Work & Alumnae Class of '77

Congratulations to our 2020 graduates on your successful completion of your academic studies, especially during this very difficult time. I would have preferred to see you in person, hug you or shake your hand. However, I am glad we have an alternative option in which to extend our congratulations and well wishes to you in a virtual format. I hope we will see one another again in person in the near future. All the best. Dr. Sealey

Clauder Aspilaire

Congratulations class of 2020! You have made it despite all, know that you are strong, resilient and ready to tackle whatever life throws at you. Special shout out to all study abroad and international students for contributing to global Simmons. Best of luck in this new chapter!

Alumnae/i, Simmons University, class of 1991

Congratulations class of 2020! You didn't end the year as anticipated, but in true Simmons form, you persevered! We may not be able to cheer you on in person, but we are celebrating virtually your success!

Josephine Atinaja-Faller
Associate Professor of Practice

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!! Best Wishes on your next adventures! Good luck!!!

Cherie Ramirez
Faculty, Chemistry & Physics Department, CNBHS

Congratulations, dear seniors! Even in what may seem to be the darkest of days, I hope that you will continue to make the best of each opportunity to learn and grow, today and always. I look forward to watching you shine! Fiat lux! Please do keep in touch!

Kelli Kirshtein

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020 and special shout out to the School of Social Work and my students that have taken Mindfulness in SW Practice. You are an amazing group of students, well prepared to bring care and healing to fellow humans in a world of grace and brokenness. Stay in touch and know that you are remembered with great affection and admiration.

Paul Gould
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Congratulations Class of 2020! You have achieved an important milestone in your education and respective career trajectories. Nothing can diminish your accomplishments. We come together in a new way to celebrate your graduation this year because your faculty, family and other loved ones are proud of you!

Linda Moniz

Congratulations to all of our graduates but most especially to our UG Nursing Graduates. It has been a pleasure to be a small part in your becoming a Registered Nurse. You are going to add a wealth of caring and compassion to our beloved profession. We are now nursing colleagues. Good luck in all your endeavors and I wish you a wonderful, fulfilling nursing career. Best wishes, Prof. Moniz

Valerie Geary
Lecturer and Honors Program Coordinator

A huge congratulations to the Class of 2020! You are a remarkable group of students, and we can't wait to see what you do next.

I'm sending a special shout-out to all of the students I've had the pleasure of teaching in PLAN. It's been a joy having you in class.

Finally, sending so much love to the graduating members of the Honors Program. It was a privilege to work with you in the classroom and in the Honors Suite over these last four years. I will miss you tremendously. Please keep in touch!

Aaron Rosenthal
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Congratulations Class of 2020! I know this is not how you pictured your graduation, but I am amazed by how well you have responded to this adversity. Be proud and remember that Simmons is always here for you.

Brett DiMarzo
Director of Graduate Admission, Nursing and Health Sciences, Simmons University

It is an honor to work with you all as you reach for your educational goals. Congratulations on completing this part of your journey. I know you will all be successful in the next chapter, as you were in your time at Simmons! Congratulations and make a difference in the world!

Kristen Haack
AVP, Enrollment Management

The class of 2020 is resilient, courageous, and strong. You will do amazing things and we can't wait to watch. Share your voices with the world - we need them now more than ever!

Kris Erickson

Congratulations to the class of 2020. I came in with you all (my first year also at Simmons was yours), and I was most excited to be on stage to watch every one of you get your degree, especially having taught so many of you through almost all the PLAN courses.

To the COMMUNICATION students: I so thoroughly enjoyed having so many of you in classes and also getting to know you. This class is one of the most dedicated and best I’ve seen in my time at Simmons, and you all have totally rocked your time in the department and made teaching (and working with you) fun!

A special shout out to all the NURSING students: I’ve had soooo many of you in either PLAN and/or some of my COMM courses, and I just want to say thank YOU, for all the work that I know many of you have already been doing in the clinics, hospitals, and as EMTS, and Paramedics. You’re needed now more than ever, and although I wish you could’ve gotten pinned and graduated in person, the skills and experience you’ll be going into the world with will be like no other class before you.

Congratulations to you all!!

Colleen Kiely

On behalf of the Department of Art and Music, congratulations to each and every member of the Class of 2020 ! I hope you give yourselves credit for persevering and earning your degree amidst trying circumstances, and really let that sense of pride and accomplishment sink in - you have earned it. Treasure your accomplishments, your dreams and your friendships - they will carry you into the future. Wishing you all health, joy and resilience!

Denise Horn
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Women's and Gender Studies

I am so proud of the class of 2020. You've come through so much, and showed yourself to be resilient and courageous in this difficult last semester. Simmons will always be here for you!

Erin DeCurtis

CONGRATULATIONS Class of 2020! It has been such a privilege to teach many of you over the past several years. It is a challenging time, but one of my favorite quotes is "Great things never come from comfort zones." When times get toughest, try to imagine what great things can come from these challenging times.

Remember - you are stronger than you can ever imagine!

Ray Pfeiffer
Associate Professor of Accounting

I've only been part of the Simmons Community since July 1 of last year, and I've only had the chance to teach a handful of the class of 2020, but I am so incredibly impressed by them. It has truly been a pleasure to work with such dedicated, talented, inquisitive, and genuinely kind people. These qualities will take you far. Please keep us in the loop - we want to be able to cheer as you do amazing things in your post-Simmons career!

David Morgann

Congratulations Well Deserved God Speed

Amy Caruso
Mother of Isabella Caruso, BSN

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Simmons University graduates but especially to the Nursing Students! Most of you have completed your degrees while managing the isolation and stress, and fear of working with Covid-19 patients. You have lost your senior year, senior week celebrations, recognition of honors earned, commencement ceremony, NCLEX bootcamp, and most importantly your nursing pinning ceremony. You have all worked hard to accomplish this goal and all of your losses do not even come close to overshadowing what you have gained personally and professionally.You are well-equipped to go forth and take on the world! How many nurses can say they graduated into a pandemic world? You can, and you managed it with bravery and grace. You are true heroes and that can never be taken away from you. Well done class of 2020!

Josephine Atinaja-Faller

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

You are smart, strong and resilient. Go forth and make your mark on this earth. Because of all of you, the world is a much better place. Thank you for the privilege of being part of your journey.


Dayna Bradstreet
MS '19, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission

As admission counselors, commencement is our proudest day of the year! We had the pleasure of guiding you when you first started considering Simmons, whether that was in high school or as a transfer student or Dix Scholar; and now we get to see you complete your journey. You have brought so much to the Simmons community, and we are better because of you. It's been amazing to see you learn and grow throughout your time as Sharks. Congratulations to the class of 2020!

Mary Lohman Mitchell
Extremely Proud Parent of Maralee Hunter Lohman Mitchell, 2020 graduate of Simmons University

Congratulations to everyone in the Class of 2020!!!

Losing your typical graduation ceremony is just the first of many unique and EXTRAORDINARY events that will continue to make you - YOU!

Graduating in such unbelievably CHANGING TIMES is, in many ways, a testimony to all the CHANGE you will bring into our world. Carrying all you have learned during your time at SIMMONS, both in and out of the classroom - YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Celebrate knowing all of us, who are so very proud of you , are watching with great anticipation to see what EXTRAORDINARY things you will do next to make all of our worlds a better place.

Maralee Hunter Lohman Mitchell, Thank you for sharing the enormous climb with all of us who LOVE you! We are so proud and so inspired by your raw courage and determination in the face of over 8 years of inconceivable challenges.

As Pap Pap always said, we truly can see the stars in the sky shining in your eyes!

Shine on Maralee, Shine on!!!

Theresa Brewer
Co-President, Alumnae/i Association Executive Board

Congratulations Class of 2020! What a huge accomplishment! You not only survived, you thrived during what has to be among the most difficult times in your lives. I wish to thank each of you for your determination and tenacity even in the face of adversity. Thank you for never giving up on yourself. Thank you for finishing the race, at times against all odds. Thank you for your narratives which are integrated in the fabric of the Simmons community. Thank you for your undying support to each other. And thank you in advance for the contributions and change you will make in the workforce, your communities, and the world. Welcome alum! Shine on!

DeLene Hoffner
Proud Mother of Brianne Wagner, 2020 graduate of Simmons University

During a world-wide pandemic, many sacrifices are made. Your graduation ceremony is one of them! All those hours of hard work, studying, testing, and writing all paid off... you are a 2020 GRADUATE!! We are so proud of YOU!! Yea, Brianne!! May your graduation be the opening door to a remarkable new journey in your career path! Per Aspera ad Astra (Through hardship to the STARS!!) Shine brightly!

Jasmine Clark '15
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Dear Class of 2020, You have worked so hard to reach this amazing milestone in your life. You deserve to celebrate despite everything going on in the world. You have persevered to this point and you should be extremely proud. Although it is not a typical way to celebrate, you still have every right to do so! Keep your head held high and make sure to do something special for yourself. This is a big deal! Congratulations!

Roberta (Fine) DiNitto '80
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

CONGRATULATIONS!! Wishing you every success !! It took a lot of hard work to reach this goal. You had to show up every day, whether you felt like it or not. I hope you feel great about what you've accomplished, and I hope you'll continue to be a person who shows up day in and day out for those things that are worthwhile and important in life. We welcome you to the community of Simmons Alumna/us!! Be Well - Stay Safe!!

Marcie Lang Calcagno '86
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations on your college graduation. The class of 2020 will go down in history. You are entering a supportive community of alumna that will always be there if you need any career or other support. Just like 2020 vision, the future is clear, vivid and strong.

KC Murphy '11
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations on your incredible achievements! We are cheering you on from all corners of the world, your future is bright and we are all behind you! Welcome to the club :)

Tenisha Ramsay '00
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

I know that this is not the type of graduation that you were expecting, but you made it through and will have a lifetime of stories to tell for generations. This is just the beginning of an extraordinary life. Enjoy, breathe, and take it one step at a time. I can't wait to see what you do!

Carol Nesson '66
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations & good luck as you graduate. You have received wonderful preparation to make a real contribution to the world but your first job probably won't be your last. It doesn't matter; just learn from every experience. Simmons graduates make the world go round! Good luck!

Martha Distler Wittbrodt '85
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations! I wish you all the best in your future. Simmons has given you a great foundation. I know you will build upon your knowledge and will help to make the world a better place for you and future generations.

Jaleh Mostaghim '13
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations on your graduation! You should feel confident that the education and experiences you had at Simmons have prepared you for whatever steps you decide to take after reaching this important milestone. Just be prepared to miss Simmons every step of the way! It’s such a special place!

Meghan Backus Haney '05
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations & best of luck on your journey beyond Simmons!

Jacqui Lantagne '07
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

There's nobody better prepared to persist, innovate, and lead than a Simmons woman. Times may feel uncertain, but you have what you need - that's the true gift of Simmons.

Alison Frenz '04
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

From one graduation-less class to another, this will be the thing that bonds you all for life. It may not have ended the way you expected, but you are destined for great things simply for being you, and being a Simmons graduate. Congrats on this amazing accomplishment!

Melissa Horton '03
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 on the occasion of your graduation. While you may not be able to celebrate traditionally, know that the entire Simmons community is sending each of you the very best wishes for your bright & exciting future. I’m cheering for you!

Bre Vader '05
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Class of 2020! Simmons has been for me, and for my sister Jaleh who graduated from Simmons 8 years after me, one of the finest experiences of my life. It holds such a special place in my heart, and I consider it to be one of the singularly most supportive educational experiences I've ever had! I hope my own daughters, now 12 and 13 can benefit from it as well. I know you'll look back and feel similarly. Now is your time to put into practice what you've learned and experienced. A favorite quote of mine from the Baha'i Writings is: "Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self." - now is your opportunity to contribute your vast, wide embracing vision and knowledge to the betterment of the world. Shine on, all of you!

Susan Press '64
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations on your graduation from Simmons. This is a great achievement to be celebrated in a most unique and memorable way.

Danielle Hirsch '04
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

A piece of advice from a member of the class of 2004 who’s graduation was also canceled. Things will be okay. As upset as I was that graduation was cancelled and we got our diploma out of a cardboard box, ultimately it all turned out to be alright. You will look back on this year 20 years later and realize that at the time it was terrible that your family couldn’t watch you walk across the stage and get that diploma you worked so hard for, it’s what you do with that diploma later in life is all that matters. Your family is still proud of you and all that you accomplished. Now use that Simmons education and make yourself an amazing female contributing to something bigger and better in this world!

Alicia Cook '00
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

As your time at Simmons is coming to end and life is not what you expected it to be, know that you are not alone. You are and will always be a part of the Simmons community. Embrace life. Take risks. Go on adventures. Dream big. Shoot for the stars. Love with all of your heart. Take the memories and friendships with you from Simmons because they will last a lifetime. As I am about to celebrate my 20th college reunion, my life has not turned out the way I expected. From dreaming of becoming a public relations superstar, I switched careers and I now teach high school. The tools I learned at Simmons in public relations, I am still using in my current career. The importance of supporting each other is something I teach my students. The desire to question the norm and dig deeper are tools I learned at Simmons. I will forever be grateful for my education and how it shaped me into the woman I am today. I hope when you look back in 2040, you will feel the same way about your experience at Simmons as I do 20 years later. Congratulations Class of 2020 and Good Luck!

Sonya Bertini '80
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

To my Simmons sisters - the class of 2020 - I extend my warmest, most sincere congratulations to you. These are dark and uncertain times and you have been deprived of the graduation ceremony you so deserve. are a Simmons woman. You are made of the right stuff. You are fine and can put this in perspective. You are prepared to face life's challenges because you have received a formidable education. Much love to you young women. Now ...go out and shake things up!

Molly Maidman '13
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations!!! You should be so proud of all you have accomplished over the last four years! Leaving Simmons is never an easy thing to do. It is such a special community- one that is caring, and empowering, and full of incredible people. But, you should know, that this community is going to be with you no matter where you go! Don't forget to look for it, and to seek it out whenever you need help. We are always here for you! Good luck on your next adventure! I have no doubt that you will be an incredible asset to wherever you go next. Congratulations, again!

Anne Crockett '15, '17MS
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Dear Graduate, Congratulations on the completion of your studies in this most difficult year. While there is little, if anything, normal about your senior year you will be able to look back and see how much you accomplished in the face of adversity. Take this strength forward with you into the world as it will become. It will be a world that you and your classmates will help to rebuild and you have the capability. My very best wishes for your success; I have every confidence in you!

Sarah Cormier '05
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

This is so tough...but you are tougher! Congratulations on making it this far, the Simmons alumnae/i community knows you will go even father and we are so proud to have you joining our ranks!

Judith Hargreaves Fichtenbaum '66
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations on your Simmons graduation during challenging times. The new world taking shape will benefit from the courage and enthusiasm of the Class of 2020!

Sara-Rivka Davidson '03
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

CONGRATULATIONS! You did it! I know this is bittersweet, you won't be able to celebrate with your friends and family the way you wanted to. Despite this, I hope you look back at your years at Simmons with fondness. My Simmons friends are some of the most important people in my life. When you feel lost or hopeless or that you don't know what you want to be when you grow up... most adults feel the same way! Heck, I'm almost 40 and feel that way. But, wherever life takes you, it will help you grow, learn, and become the most amazing person you can be. Best of luck! You got this!

Pam Roberts '80
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

To the class of 2020: This wasn't the plan, was it? Interrupted final projects, abbreviated classes, and missed opportunities for both professional and social connecting. Not having a physical graduation ceremony hurts. But you will go on to write your own stories, and create your own class traditions, because Simmons women rise up and make the most of what is dealt to them. Hopefully, you will all come out of this pandemic with your health, as well as heightened senses of humor. Whoever you are, wherever you are, YOU SHINE.

Elissa Bar '75
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations on your graduation! You made it! But you are graduating into the most uncertain of times. We hope that in better times, you will be able to return to Simmons for a graduation celebration. In the meantime, be strong, be creative, be resilient, be giving, and look for opportunities because I know they will be there- if not today- in the near future. Good Luck!

Susan Kupor McHugh '71
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations on your great achievement! Simmons women have accomplished wonderful things and you now become part of a long chain of strong, caring, productive, world changing people. You're ready to face the challenges ahead -- and to appreciate all of the joys. I'm counting on you!!!

Sabika Mirza '19
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations to you all, Class of 2020! Though these are unprecedented times, I think it’s worth remembering and commemorating all the amazing chapters and memories you’ve added to Simmons’ history! The world is waiting for all you leaders and trailblazers to take it by storm, in true Simmons fashion. Good luck in all the incredible things you do and welcome to the Alumni world!!

Renee Spring '66
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations on all you have accomplished over the past four years. You have so much to be proud of. More than 50 ago I received my BA in Clinical Psychology feeling excited, scared and unsure of my future. Of course for you too, graduating into this especially frightening and uncertain time, your feelings will likely mirror mine. Of course the circumstances bear minimal comparison but nevertheless we have things in common. Simmons prepared us both to think deeply and clearly, to trust our instincts and intuition, to work hard for the things that matter to us, to connect with others and use the connections for growth and support. Simmons women are resilient and smart and prepared for the things life will throw in our path.

Over the past years I have stayed connected to my classmates, sometimes more, sometimes less often, but they have formed a backdrop to my personal and professional story. In early March, as this pandemic began to unfold, I found myself writing to some of the women in my class and each of them reported how grateful she is for these decades of friendship and support. In significant ways we still anchor each in shared history and in our hopes for the future.

My wish for you is that you can celebrate this milestone without allowing the crisis around you to diminish your pride and belief in a healthy, happy and successful future. I am proud to have you as a "sister Alum"

Barbara Campbell Harvey '75
Alumnae/i, Simmons University

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! I had hoped to attend and wish you all well and maybe we will be meeting at a rescheduled event, but because I am in the Class of 1975, we WILL have reunions together! See you for sure in 2025 for my 50th! However, I have been thinking about my senior year, some fond, some anxiety-ridden times, but mainly I look back with joy, which is why I am now working on the Alumnae/i Executive Board to stay connected with my spirit at Simmons.

I DO have a funny story that I hope brings you some laughter at this time of joy and disappointment. This is the short version...I had worn a long white dress under my cap and gown and my father had given me a large presentation bouquet of red roses for graduation which I carried. My parents were planning the "after party" at our house in Newton with the families of my college roommates, and a bunch of MIT guys. Since I did not ride in with them, my parents left WITHOUT ME and I had to ride the subway home in a long white dress with a bouquet of roses on a Saturday! I had a quarter in my shoe to pay the fare and then I glared at driver when he said that it was ten cents more! Someone came up and paid my ten cents and they all looked at me like a 'runaway bride" and said nothing, but as soon as I got off, I heard them all burst into laughter. I laugh about it now also and I can still hear my father laughing when I got home, but I kept my diploma tucked under my arm and would not let it drop. I hope this brought a smile to your faces and please find the light in every adversity.