2021: UMass Dartmouth announces scholar speakers for 2021 Commencement Weekend

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(Left to Appropriate): LaToya Rene Robertson (’21), Kevin Joseph Burchill (J.D. ’21), Maria Valentina Roa (’21), Kristine C. Goodwin (J.D. ’20), and Mary Ellen Loomis (’20)

UMass Dartmouth has introduced the scholar speakers for Commencement Weekend. On June 11 and 12, the College will celebrate the Class of 2020 and 2021 in-human being and on campus.

The agenda for the weekend is as follows:

Friday, June 11, 2021

  • Legislation 2020 & 2021 Ceremony – 8 a.m. arrival – 9 to 10:30 a.m. ceremony
  • 2020 Ceremony (All undergraduate and graduate college students) – 2 p.m. arrival – 3 to 4:30 p.m. ceremony.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • 2021 Ceremony I (Charlton University of Company, School of Engineering, College for Maritime Science & Technologies) – 8 a.m. arrival – 9 to 10:30 a.m. ceremony
  • 2021 Ceremony II (University of Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing & Health Sciences, Higher education of Visible & Undertaking Arts) – 2 p.m. arrival – 3 to 4:30 p.m. ceremony.

All activities are rain or shine and will choose location on the Cressy Football Industry at the Most important Campus. Each individual graduate can invite up to 6 visitors. However health and fitness and protection protocols in the Commonwealth have comfortable, the University encourages anyone to have on a mask – in particular if unvaccinated.

The college student speakers are as follows:

Course of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

Mary Ellen Loomis

Mary Ellen Loomis (’20) of Little Compton, Rhode Island functions as a subcontractor for the Department of Defense precisely doing work with the United States Air Pressure and Space Drive as a application engineer and organization analyst. Acquiring graduated from the Charlton College or university of Enterprise the place she earned a triple Bachelor of Science in Management Information Devices, Procedure Management, and Accounting she now attends Northeastern College pursuing a dual master’s diploma in cybersecurity and analytics. She is a member of the National Honors Society, a Rhode Island Scholar, and a member of the Beta Alpha Psi. Mary Ellen has constantly been motivated by and looks up to her father, who is a Main Engineer and Venture Supervisor, for his challenging function, intense perseverance, and determination which has motivated her to never ever give up on her goals. Mary Ellen’s ambition to work together with the military services stems from her father’s prior support in the Navy. UMass Dartmouth has authorized Mary Ellen to excel each in and outdoors the classroom to go after her love of engineering and coding with business. Her school advisors and professors retained her pushed and often supported her ambition. Mary Ellen strategies to continue on her perform with the military services and plans to pursue her Ph.D. at Northeastern University in Cybersecurity.

UMass Legislation Class of 2020 and 2021 Graduation Ceremony

Kristine C. Goodwin (’20)

Kristine C. Goodwin (J.D. ’20) has labored for in excess of 20 many years as a senior government in increased education, most not too long ago as a vice president for university student affairs. Obtaining handed the bar exam in Oct, she was sworn into the Massachusetts Bar in January 2021. Due to the fact that time, she has been doing the job as an affiliate legal professional with Justice Bridge Authorized Center—UMass Law’s incubator program—representing low-to-moderate-profits clients out of the Boston place of work and coordinating the practice’s Title IX companies. While in regulation faculty, Kristine accomplished independent authorized investigate on substitute/ideal dispute resolution (ADR) and programs at Harvard Legislation School’s Program on Negotiation (PON). She also volunteered with the NAACP. In addition to becoming an legal professional, Kristine is a mediator, place of work investigator, ombudsperson, trainer, and conflict/negotiation mentor. She owns and operates GoodWin Resolutions, LLC, a authorized consulting, and regulation business committed to equivalent option in employment and education. Kristine and her husband, Bruce, have 3 grownup sons and just one daughter-in-legislation, and an adopted rescue dog named Boots. Kristine attained a B.A. from Westfield State University and a M.Ed. from UMass Lowell ahead of graduating magna cum laude from the UMass Faculty of Regulation in 2020.

Kevin Joseph Burchill (’21)

Kevin Joseph Burchill (J.D. ’21) is from West Tisbury, Massachusetts with deep spouse and children roots in New Bedford. Kevin went to Martha’s Vineyard Regional Large College, received a Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University in Global Affairs and Security Plan, and is ending his tutorial career at UMass Law as a Community Desire Legislation Fellow. Kevin has labored for the Bristol County and Cape & Island’s District Attorney’s Workplaces, aiding the public via the arduous courtroom approach. By way of his time in the Human Rights at Property Clinic, underneath the mentorship of Professor Margaret B. Drew, Kevin honed his empathetic method to apply circumstances in the probate and relatives courtroom, with a concentrate on advocating for survivors of domestic violence. He also experienced the privilege of currently being Professor Gina L. DeRossi’s Instructing Assistant and took satisfaction in mentoring learners in oral advocacy and case administration capabilities as it relates to family members legislation. Kevin is sitting down for the Massachusetts Bar in July and hopes to do the job in relatives regulation and domestic violence advocacy in any ability that lets him to proceed his career dedicated to becoming of company to some others. Kevin is the son of Jane E. Burchill and the late Kevin R. Burchill, J.D. (Suffolk, ’92). He dedicates his speech to the memory of his father, who insisted that Kevin “Smarten Up and Be Superior,” and to his mom, whose persistence and timeless help have enabled him to realize success.

Class of 2021 Ceremony I

Maria Valentina Roa

Maria Valentina Roa (’21) was born and raised in Colombia. Through the past four several years, Maria majored in Organization Administration and Management for her undergraduate diploma and a Learn of Business enterprise Administration in Business Analytics. Maria firmly believes that frame of mind is every little thing and functioning difficult can just take you significantly in achieving your goals. She began her journey in education and learning mainly because of a enthusiasm she experienced for modern management and entrepreneurship. Maria is at the moment commencing her 2nd Master’s degree at Brown University. UMass Dartmouth opened doorways and shaped her into the experienced she is these days. The College was also the spot where she uncovered that her personalized happiness is in the services of helping other people. She is grateful for all the memories in excess of the previous four many years and for her dad and mom, which she owes every thing for their sacrifice to support her accomplish her desires.

Class of 2021 Ceremony II

LaToya Rene Robertson

LaToya Rene Robertson (’21) is a North Carolina indigenous with a enthusiasm for men and women and development. Through her time at UMass Dartmouth, she co-made the staple campus cultural function Unity Fest, was a vital participant in the initially on-campus foodstuff pantry which is now acknowledged as Arnie’s Cabinet, and led her workforce to acquire the Corsair Olympics. LaToya has earned numerous UMassD fellowships, including the Academic Management and Insurance policies fellowship and the Provider-Finding out Fellowship. Armed with the present of text, and ambition, LaToya landed a TED Talk though pursuing her diploma which has amassed a lot more than 100,000 sights. She also has contributed to various guides and offered at conferences together with Hawai’i Worldwide Convention on Instruction. LaToya’s persistence and curiosity aid her mission to assistance make cultural connections and build assets for the group at huge. Her target is to turn out to be a US Senator. Right until that transpires, she options to generate education and procedures for corporations and colleges to make individuals connections to eradicate numerous of the limitations that after posed a obstacle to her. LaToya has produced a steady effort and hard work to build connections and guidance individuals all-around her and seems to be forward to making use of her items (and degree) to be the modify she would like to see in the environment.

Learn much more about UMass Dartmouth’s Commencement Weekend on our Commencement site.

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