UConn's CLAS Graduation Marks End of a Journey for Southington Students [VIDEO]

Commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest college at UConn, was divided into two ceremonies Sunday at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, and 34 of the graduates were from Southington.

Thousands of family and friends watched on Sunday afternoon as nearly 2,700 students from the ’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) became UConn graduates during commencement ceremonies at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.

Representing 55 different majors from 23 departments, students received their diplomas in dual ceremonies Sunday in disciplines ranging from journalism, psychology and political science to communications, human development and family studies.

Students were addressed by Cindy Luo, a graduating senior from Madison, a dual-degree student with majors in linguistics and philosophy, classics and ancient Mediterranean studies and English. UConn President Susan Herbst delivered the keynote address.

"College is only the first step, a place where our budding interests are nurtured and developed," Luo said. "Keep on learning. Be flexible. Try something new. But remember yourselves: remember what makes you happy – keeps you going," she said.

Herbst praised students for their hard work, and urged them to define their own lives.

"I hope you will be able to look back at this brief, precious time spent here at the University of Connecticut as among the best and most rewarding years of your life," Herbst said. "Don’t forget no matter how old you are, you will always be Huskies."

Here are the 34 students from Southington who received degrees this weekend:

  • Nicholas Salvatore Abruscato, Bachelor of Science
  • Lindsey Helen Aduskevich, Bachelor of Arts
  • Joseph Alexander Albiach, Bachelor of Science
  • Paul Leonard Babineau, Bachelor of Arts
  • Paul Leonard Babineau, Bachelor of Arts
  • Adrian Tom Barniak, Bachelor of Science
  • Thomas Ross Battles, Bachelor of Arts
  • Kelly Irene Combs, Bachelor of Science
  • Spencer Lyons DeLuca, Bachelor of Arts
  • James Dinnan, Bachelor of Science
  • James Dinnan, Bachelor of Arts
  • Danielle Lynne Gagliardi, Bachelor of Arts
  • Domenic Garafola, Bachelor of Science
  • Timothy James Gibbons, Bachelor of Arts
  • Eric Hosmer, Bachelor of Arts
  • Eric Hosmer, Bachelor of Science
  • Daniel Edward-Anthony Josefiak, Bachelor of Arts
  • Alyssa Sarah Levin, Bachelor of Arts
  • Alana C. Macchi, Bachelor of Arts
  • Sarah Miller, Bachelor of Science
  • Thomas Robert Nagle, Bachelor of Arts
  • Erica Ann Pehmoeller, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Justin Michael Penfield, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Kevin Arthur Robling, Bachelor of Science
  • Alexander Joseph Shafran, Bachelor of Science
  • Ardit Shehu, Bachelor of Science
  • Andrew Walsh Sherwill, Bachelor of Science
  • Sean Michael Soltys, Bachelor of Arts
  • Mark Richard Styring, Bachelor of Science
  • David Pasquale Taricani, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Thomas Albert Tydeman, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Aislinn Leilani Walters, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Molly Anne Welch, Bachelor of Science
  • Kevin William Welton, Bachelor of Science

Did you have a loved one who graduated from UConn Sunday? Give them a shout-out in the comments, and upload your photos to add them to this gallery!


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