Class of 2020 Commencement Program

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CLASS 0F 2020 Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 23, 2021, 10 a.m. Virtual Ceremony

Program “National Anthem”

Sung by Paige Gouldthorpe ’22

Welcome Ellen Zimmerman, PhD Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs F. Javier Cevallos, PhD President Greetings from the Kevin Foley ’84 Board of Trustees Chair, Board of Trustees Greetings from the Class of 2020

Olivia Limoncelli Senior Class President

Introduction of F. Javier Cevallos, PhD the Commencement Speaker Commencement Lyndia Downie Address President and Executive Director, Pine Street Inn Conferral of Lyndia Downie Honorary Degree Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa 2020 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Patricia Sánchez-Connally ’01, PhD Professor of Sociology

2020 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work

Satish Penmatsa, PhD Professor of Computer Science

2020 Distinguished Pamela Sebor-Cable Faculty Award Professor of Fashion Design for Excellence in and Retailing Advising/Mentoring 2020 Distinguished Jon Huibregtse, PhD Faculty Award Professor of History for Excellence in Professional Service


Presentation of Samantha DiMatteo ’20 College Marshals College of Arts & Humanities Aryeesha Majeed ’20 College of Business Katheryn Chamberlain ’20 College of Education Matthew Bennett ’20 College Social and Behavioral Sciences Alexandra Wahr ’20 College of STEM Certification of Graduates

F. Javier Cevallos, PhD

Conferral of Degrees

Kevin Foley ’84

Greetings from the Diane Finch ’66 Alumni Association Alumni Association Board of Directors University Hymn “Live to the Truth”

Sung by Paige Gouldthorpe ’22


Board of Trustees Kevin Foley ’84, Chair Richard C. Logan ’70, Vice Chair Nancy Budwig, PhD Beth Casavant Michael E. Grilli Brian Herr Anthony E. Hubbard, Esq. Hope M. Lozano-Bielat, PhD Dana Neshe ’90 McKenize Ward ’23, Student Trustee F. Javier Cevallos, ex-officio

Advisor to the Class of 2020 Sara Gallegos, EdD

Officers of the Class of 2020 Olivia Limoncelli, President Orlando Osorio, Vice President Michael Medina, Secretary Griffin Frye, Treasurer


Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient Lyndia Downie President & Executive Director, Pine Street Inn Lyndia Downie is president and executive director of the Pine Street Inn, which provides permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter, and street outreach to nearly 2,000 homeless men and women each day. The Inn is one of the largest agencies serving homeless people and developing affordable housing targeted at homeless individuals in New England. Downie has worked with Pine Street Inn for her entire career – over 35 years, serving in her current role as President and Executive Director since 2000. With a keen understanding of the complex causes of homelessness and proven methods to combat it, Downie continues to successfully involve and build partnerships with social service agencies, state legislators, and business leaders in the fight to end homelessness. Every day, the Pine Street Inn prepares more than 2,700 meals. The organization has 850 homeless tenants in its more than 40 permanent housing facilities and 670 emergency beds in four shelters across Boston. As a result of Downie’s leadership and vision, Pine Street is now the largest provider of permanent supportive housing for men and women moving out of homelessness in New England. In 2000, Downie’s alma mater the University of Vermont, recognized her with its Distinguished Faculty Award.


2020 Distinguished Faculty and Librarian Award for Excellence in Teaching Dr. Patricia Sánchez-Connally ’01 Dr. Patricia Sánchez-Connally ’01 has been an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Framingham State University since 2016. She was voted the 2017 Faculty Member of the Year by FSU students, and is a 2019 recipient of the University’s Women Making History Now award. Dr. Sánchez-Connally maintains high standards of excellence for herself, her students, her colleagues, the University and the social movements she helps to lead. Her deep commitment to preparing students extends well beyond their time at FSU. During her many courses, for example, she establishes links with professionals in the field, particularly those who are alumni of FSU. Dr. Sánchez-Connally’s exemplary teaching record goes beyond her work with students. As a junior faculty member, she cultivated and led mentoring groups for faculty and staff of color. As chair and co-chair of the Faculty and Staff of Color Affinity Group, she created a social and professional group that fostered community while providing essential resources. Colleagues and students overwhelmingly agree that Dr. Sánchez-Connally delivers joyful, informed, and meaningful insights at every level of teaching and scholarship.


2020 Distinguished Faculty and Librarian Award for Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work Dr. Satish Penmatsa Since 2014, Dr. Satish Penmatsa, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has published 12 peer-reviewed papers, all as first author. This is an excellent record for any scientist, but an exceptional one for a faculty member at a teaching-focused university. Dr. Penmatsa’s research is focused on parallel and distributed computing systems, grid computing, high-performance computing, wireless networks, game theory, science and engineering applications. His longstanding record of excellence includes research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at professional conferences, and extensive work as a peer reviewer. Being asked by an editor to review a colleague’s work for publication is an indication that a scholar not only is well respected, but also up-to-date with the content and progress in the field. Since 2014, Dr. Penmatsa has reviewed 21 articles for six journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, a top-60 journal in the field. In addition to his outstanding scholarship, Dr. Penmatsa is recognized by his students and colleagues as an outstanding teacher.


2020 Distinguished Faculty and Librarian Award for Excellence in Advising/Mentoring Pamela Sebor-Cable On any given day, Professor Pamela Sebor-Cable, former chair of the Department of Fashion Design and Retailing, can be found in one of the apparel design or textile labs surrounded by mountains of fabric, dress forms, sewing machines, historic garments and, most importantly, students. She seamlessly mentors students and colleagues by example. Professor Sebor-Cable advises many students over and above the regular load and is always looking for ways to celebrate their work. This includes organizing a fashion show at the City of Framingham Senior Center in the spring of 2019, and collaborating with FSU’s Danforth Art Museum on an exhibit of student work in the fall of 2019. Professor Sebor-Cable maintains relationships with alumni and industry partners who regularly support the department and its students through donations, such as fabrics, dress forms, samples and supplies. She is always willing to drive to companies across Boston, MetroWest and New England to pick up donations for student use. Professor Sebor-Cable’s students and colleagues note that her kind and compassionate way of interacting with others shines through in all that she does.


2020 Distinguished Faculty and Librarian Award for Excellence in Professional Service Dr. Jon Huibregtse Dr. Jon Huibregtse, current director of the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS), has been a vital member of Framingham State University’s Department of History for many years. During his lengthy tenure as department chair (2005–2013), Dr. Huibregtse oversaw the recruitment of many new full- and part-time faculty, spearheaded a departmental program review and developed the department’s first learning outcomes assessment plan. Under his direction, the Department of History experienced significant curricular and personnel changes, all of which ultimately strengthened it. Since stepping down as chair, Dr. Huibregtse has remained actively involved in composing content for the department’s new website, serving as a liaison to major alumni and holding a seat for several years on the departmental curriculum committee. Beyond the Department of History, his service to FSU includes serving on the University Curriculum Committee, CELTSS Steering Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Re-Imagining the First Year Initiative and Graduate Education Council. As the current director of CELTSS, Dr. Huibregtse provides professional development support for faculty and librarians at all stages of their careers.


§ Academic Regalia § The Mace

Originally a medieval club or weapon used for protection, the mace is now a ceremonial object symbolizing the authority of an institution, governing body, college or university. The Framingham State University mace is a three-and-a-half-foot long ceremonial staff fashioned from the wood of an 18th Century white oak tree that used to stand near Dwight Hall. It has brass accents and features bronze medallions at the top. In university ceremonial processions, it is carried by the chief faculty marshal.

Academic Attire The academic attire worn today in American colleges and universities originated in the Middle Ages, when all of the scholarly institutions were religious or monastic foundations. Officially adopted in 1895 as a standardized code for academic costume, its essentials remain largely unchanged. Robes. Undergraduate gowns are black, worn closed, and distinguished by long, pointed sleeves. Masters wear their black gowns open, with square-cut sleeves open at the wrist and an arc cut out near the hem. The doctoral gown features large, bell-shaped sleeves and is trimmed with a velvet yoke that is attached to the neck and stitched down the front edges to the hem. In addition, three horizontal velvet bars are attached to the upper arm of the sleeves. The velvet trimmings may be either black or in a color particular to the field of study of the degree. Doctoral gowns are traditionally black, but many American universities have adopted their own color for these gowns. Headgear. The mortar board, always black, is required by the American code for degree levels below the doctorate. The soft cap, which resembles a large tam, is permitted with the doctoral gown. The doctoral cap may be made of velvet. For undergraduates the tassel is worn on the right side of the cap. Upon receipt of the bachelor’s degree, it is moved to the left. Today’s graduates have black tassels, except those who graduate with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude. They will wear gold tassels. Hoods. Hoods are the most distinctive feature of academic attire. Their shape and size indicate the level of degree attained, while the colors reflect both the field of study and the institution that granted the degree. The master’s hood is three and a half feet long with a three-inch collar and border in its academic discipline. The doctoral hood is four feet long with a five-inch collar and border of velvet. All hoods are lined in silk with either a single university color or with several stripes or chevrons representing the colors of the institution that awarded the degree.


Representative Sampling of the Colors Worn by the Faculty Arts, Letters, Humanities _______ White Business _____________________ Drab Education _______________ Light Blue Fine Arts ___________________ Brown Home Economics ___________ Maroon Journalism ________________ Crimson Law _______________________ Purple Library Science ______________Lemon Music _______________________ Pink Nursing ___________________ Apricot Philosophy_______________ Dark Blue Science _______________Golden Yellow Theology ___________________ Scarlet

Framingham State University is the first public college for the education of teachers in the United States, founded by Horace Mann as a model for educational reform. First located in Lexington, it opened its doors to three students on a rainy July 3, 1839. The student body grew rapidly and the college moved to larger quarters in West Newton in 1844 and to its permanent location on Bare Hill in Framingham in 1853. Throughout its history, Framingham State University has responded to the changing needs of society. Today, it is a coeducational comprehensive university with over 60 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. It has a strong general education program, and offers both liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. There is an emphasis on small classes, and faculty members are dedicated to teaching. Students have many opportunities to develop leadership skills, and to participate in extra-curricular activities and career-related internships. The University has expanded from its original six acres to become an attractive 73-acre New England campus. Its sixteen buildings include a campus center, seven student residence halls, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a modern athletic and recreation center. Nearly 6,000 students are currently enrolled, comprising about 4,000 undergraduates and about 2,000 graduate students. There are more than 40,000 alumni, the majority of whom live and work in Massachusetts. They excel in many fields, including law, business, the arts, communications, education, biotechnology, biochemistry and food science, nutrition and dietetics, information technology and public service.


University Hymn Martin F. O’Connor Tune, Finlandia, Jean Sibelius

Dear Framingham, thy children round three gather, Our vows of love to thee we pledge anew, Unfailing font of hope and joy forever, We shall proclaim our homage to you. Through countless years, to all a fostering mother, Thy bounteous blessings poured on age and youth, Our suppliant pray’r till time our chain shall sever, Will ever be: “Live to the Truth.” Will ever be: “Live to the Truth.”

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