UMass Amherst to Recognize 21st Century Leaders at Its Undergraduate Commencement May 28

AMHERST, Mass. – Fifteen seniors will be presented with 21st Century Leaders awards during the 136th Commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Sunday, May 28, at 10 a.m. in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

The awards are designed to recognize students who are academically accomplished and who have contributed to the university by exceptional achievement or have enhanced the reputation of the campus. The recipients are nominated by faculty for strong leadership qualities; noteworthy original research; community service; the achievement of success by overcoming extraordinary personal circumstances, or public presentation through art, performance or athletic ability.

This is the fourth year the awards have been given. The awards are sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office and the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. The presentation of the senior awards during the undergraduate Commencement is designed to focus the ceremony on the accomplishments of students and to recognize the support they have received from their families, says UMass Chancellor John V. Lombardi.

This year’s recipients are:

Steven J. Alden, an accounting major, from Charlton, Mass.

Kate G. Baldacci, a psychology major, from Bangor, Maine.

Kristen M. Bouley, a history major, from Auburn, Mass.

Elisabeth Aileen Budd, a history and psychology major, from Springfield, Mass.

Heather A. Harrington, a mathematics major, from Concord, Mass.

Jonathan Peter Korhonen, a communication major, from Gardner, Mass.

Sarah Catherine Krill, an English major, from Longmeadow, Mass.

Jonathan D. Moreno, a chemical engineering and biochemistry and molecular biology major, from Chelmsford, Mass.

Stephanie R. Murphy, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Hopkinton, Mass.

Nissa Lindholm Perrott, a theater major, from Amesbury, Mass.

Jochebed A. Pink, a biology major, from Holyoke, Mass.

Theresa M. Ray, a psychology major, from Littleton, Colo.

Yomarie Silva, an accounting major, from Hunacao, Puerto Rico.

Julie T. Weismantel, a psychology and dance major, from Hopkinton, Mass.

Stephen L. Wood, a psychology major, from Fairhaven, Mass.

The recipients will receive a plaque and a monetary award from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association.