While Nichols College’s Class of 2019 boasts five students who have achieved a 4.0 GPA, only one of them could offer the valedictory address at this year’s Commencement, which will be held Saturday, May 11, at the DCU Center in Worcester.
“The Class of 2019 presents us with a unique situation,” said Professor Mauri S. Pelto, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Nichols College. “This year, we have five students who have achieved a remarkable benchmark, earning a 4.0 GPA. This level of academic excellence is unprecedented. Because we cannot have five valedictory addresses at the Commencement ceremony, each of the students was offered the opportunity to present a draft valedictory address to the Commencement Speech Committee.”
The committee had the difficult task of selecting one graduate to offer the valedictory address on behalf of all five candidates.
“Please join us in congratulating Sabrina Boermeester, who will offer the valedictory address,” said Dr. Pelto. “Please also share our congratulations to Jessica Booth, Kaylin Goncalves, Mikayla Henault, and Sarah Williams.
“The faculty and administration are extremely proud of these five outstanding students who will each be presented with the President’s Award for Academic Excellence during the Commencement exercises,” he added.
- Sabrina Boermeester is an accounting major from Billerica, Mass.;
- Jessica Booth is an accounting major from Brookfield, Mass.;
- Kaylin Goncalves is an international business major from Norwood, Mass.;
- Mikayla Henault is a marketing major from Grafton, Mass.;
- Sarah Williams is a sport management major from Enfield, Conn.