AMHERST, Mass. – The student speaker at Undergraduate Commencement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be Elkhansaa Elguenaoui. She will address the undergraduate ceremony that takes place on Friday, May 6 at 4:30 p.m. at McGuirk Alumni Stadium where about 5,500 students will receive bachelor’s degrees.
Elguenaoui, of Medford, majored in neuroscience and psychology with a minor in biology. During her four years at UMass Amherst, Elguenaoui says she is most proud of serving as a resident assistant, traveling to Turkey where she taught English and worked as a hospital intern and serving as the president of the Muslim Student Association in 2014. She also participated in interfaith programs on campus as part of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. After graduation, Elguenaoui plans to go backpacking in Europe and then work in neuroscience research for two years, after which she hopes to attend medical school. She also says playing intramural soccer while attending UMass Amherst has been a point of pride for her.
In addition, two graduating seniors will be recognized during the commencement ceremony for their leadership and executive ability as Jack Welch Scholars. They are:
- Timothy Contois of Danvers, a dual degree recipient in computer science and mathematics. He intends to pursue a master’s degree in computer science at UMass Amherst after graduation.
- Bianca Tamaskar of Westford, an operations and information management and computer science major. She will be working for Ernst & Young in Boston in the forensic technology and discovery services group after graduation.