Outstanding Students Honored at UMass Amherst Commencement

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Amherst is honoring some of its finest undergraduates for their outstanding leadership, talent and achievement as part of the Undergraduate Commencement being held Friday, May 13. The graduation ceremony begins at 5 p.m. at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Eleven members of the graduating class will be honored as 21st Century Leaders. The award recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary standards of achievement, initiative and social awareness. They are:

Trent P. Ainsworth, of Westport, a kinesiology and pre-medical major; Michael Housni Basmaji, of Westford, a classics major; Caitlin C. Bogdan, of Neptune, N.J., a mechanical engineering and classics major; Celeste M. DiGloria, of South Easton, a psychology major; Marina K. Garas, of Arlington, a psychology major; Sophie Kolchin-Miller, of Amherst, an anthropology major; Andrew J. Kalinowski, of Shrewsbury, an accounting and information systems and economics major; Saranthip Rattanaserikiat, of Northampton, a civil and environmental engineering major; Christina L. Roth, of Hingham, a psychology major; Teresa Skelly, of Springfield, a sport management major, and Brian Tino, of Tewksbury, a finance major.

In addition, two graduating students, Joseph Bliss and Igor Dobrusin, will be recognized for their leadership and executive ability as Jack Welch Scholars. Bliss, of Medway, is the student member of the UMass Amherst Foundation Board of Directors and a mechanical engineering major. Dobrusin, of Needham, is a finance and philosophy double major. Funded by a gift from the GE Foundation in honor of alumnus Jack Welch, the scholarships provide full funding for recipients throughout their undergraduate years, including support for summer research and study abroad. Welch Scholars are chosen for their academic achievements, social responsibility and leadership potential as demonstrated throughout their high school careers.

The student speaker at the Undergraduate Commencement will be graduating senior Alan Taylor Ulichney, of Stow, a dual major in journalism and economics. He won a competitive internship at Jones & Bartlett Publishing in Sudbury last summer, and used the opportunity to work in several departments at the firm. Ulichney says he intends to go to graduate school after taking some time to travel and relax following his graduation.