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Graduating International Students Honored at 5th Annual Reception

Friday, May 4, 2018

The UMass community celebrated the 200+ graduating international students at the 5th Annual 2018 International Graduation Reception on May 2. The event, MC’d by Director of International Students and Scholars, Kenneth Reade, featured speeches by Associate Provost of International Programs, Kalpen Trivedi, student Jessica Furtado, and a musical performance by PhD students Sheikh Muhammad Sarwar and Anirudh Sabnis. 

The campus community was represented by Dean of Students Cara Appel-Silbaugh; Special Assistant to Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Life Sid Ferreira; Interim Director of Student Legal Services Office Corey Carvalho; Associate Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer Anna Branch; and Director of the Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program/Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, C.N. Le.

Trivedi, the event’s keynote speaker, emphasized the unity and diversity implicit in origins of the medieval university, and the power of individuals coming together to accomplish shared goals. “We are many things made into one; everyone wins when boundaries are crossed,” he said.

Furtado—who was recently named as the International Programs Office’s Barbara Burn scholarship winner—reflected on her academic career at UMass, recalling finding her love for research, co-managing the Peoples Market, and work as a Teaching Assistant and Peer Mentor. She concluded her speech with a call to her fellow international graduates: “We’ve made it—the rest of the world is waiting for us.”

Sarwar and Sabnis performed two songs—one Hindi, one Bengali— on guitar and piano. The duo is graduating from the College of Information & Computer Sciences.

The international students will join more than 5,500 other graduates at this year’s UMass Commencement May 11 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.