David Lawrence Will Be the Student Speaker at UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement

AMHERST, Mass. – Senior David Gregory Bentley Lawrence, of Mapleville, R.I., who is graduating with departmental honors in physics, has been selected to be the student speaker at the 136th Commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Sunday, May 28 at 10 a.m. in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Lawrence says he is pleased to represent his class as the student speaker this year. “In a graduating class of this size and with so many very different people, one person cannot speak for everyone,” Lawrence says. “I am honored to be given the chance merely to see this group off, just as I have been honored to share this great university with them over the past four years.”

At UMass, Lawrence has been a staff columnist for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, the student newspaper, writing a weekly column since the spring of 2005. He also has worked with the Dinsmore Research Group laboratory, under Anthony D. Dinsmore, an assistant professor of physics, on the self-assembly of micro-containers.

During the summer of 2005, Lawrence spent eight weeks at the Universit?t Stuttgart in Germany studying 20th century architecture and the German language. In the summer of 2004, Lawrence was a judicial intern in the office of Rhode Island District Judge William Clifton and observed the operations of district, family and superior courts in that state.

Lawrence studied classical piano from 1990-2002 and trumpet from 1998-2002 and has played piano and sang in the Tent City band, a rock cover band from 2002 to the present; and as a trumpet player in the ska band LGLF from 2000-02. At Burrillville High School, in Rhode Island, he was president of the National Honor Society.

After graduation Lawrence says he will attend law school at New York University.

Lawrence was chosen to be the student speaker by a committee of faculty and students.