Commencement

Celebrating the CLAS Class of 2020

UConn will hold a virtual commencement ceremony for all May graduates on Saturday, May 9 at 12:00 p.m.

 
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To the CLAS Class of 2020,

On behalf of the College, I want to express how proud we all are of how far you've come. It has been a tough final semester, and I regret that we are not able to share this special day with you in person.

Our College’s mission is, at its core, to create an environment that empowers students to discover their agency and do meaningful work in the world. With your CLAS degree, I am confident that you are equipped to persevere through these uncertain times to solve the challenges of our future.

You have impressed us all with your resilience, kindness, and intelligence this year and throughout your time at UConn. We know that you will continue to make us proud as members of UConn Nation. Because even though your days as a UConn student may be reaching an end today, always remember: You are Huskies forever!

Congratulations and best wishes,

Juli Wade's signature

Juli Wade
Dean, UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Spotlight on: The CLAS Class of 2020

 
Graduating students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences open up about their favorite experiences and memories from their time at UConn. Click on the links below to read their full interviews on UConn Today.

Morgan Allegrove-Hodges

Morgan Allegrove-Hodges ’20 (CLAS)

BA, English and sociology

"The whole way of thinking in CLAS, to me, is very fundamental and very important. Like learning about social issues, narratives, and trying to find real-life solutions is the core of what I have been studying. CLAS has allowed me to learn and think in a way that will better shape the future."

 
Read Morgan's Full Interview


Kelly Flannery

Kelly Flannery ’19 (CLAS), ’20 MPA

BA, geoscience and geography; MA, public administration

"I always loved nature and science. But then I decided to pursue the Master of Public Administration...to take what research was saying and implement it in policy work. [I wanted] to advocate for marginalized communities that don’t normally get an equal say in how resources are distributed."

 
Read Kelly's Full Interview


Jeffrey Rasmussen

Jeffrey Rasmussen ’20 (CLAS)

BS, physiology and neurobiology

"The professors and TA’s in different disciplines in CLAS have really piqued my interest in subjects that I never thought I would be interested in. By virtue of just being a good teacher, many CLAS professors have inspired me during my time here.”

 
Read Jeffrey Full Interview


Amber Smith

Amber Smith ’20 (CLAS)

BA, political science; sociology (minor)

"It’s such a privilege that I've been able to study political science for the past four years because I’m able to take the things I learned and tell my mom and my friends. Not everyone has the privilege to do that, and I’m so honored that I do."

 
Read Amber's Full Interview


Caesar Valentin

Caesar Valentin ’20 (CLAS)

political science and philosophy; human rights (minor)

"My CLAS education has really let me be who I wanted to be. I have met so many professors along the way that have given me these opportunities. I have met so many students who show me different ways to think about things, who show me ways to get better at my classes but also ways to be a better person."

 
Read Caesar's Full Interview

Many Voices, One Message

From their homes across the globe, student speakers from the CLAS Class of 2020 banded together for a virtual commencement address, offering a message of celebration, unity, and hope to their fellow graduates.

 

Morgan Allegrove-Hodges '20 (CLAS), is a poet, a filmmaker, and a student who loves sociology research. She transferred to UConn CLAS as a sophomore from a school in Boston--and changed her major from architecture to English. 👩‍🎓Only at UConn CLAS was she able to discover and utilize all her talents and passions. 👩‍🎓
“My first year (at UConn) was really exciting. I got to do an alt-break in Birmingham, Alabama, which was something I had always wanted to do. Through being at UConn and doing alt-break, I felt like I was a part of a community.” 👩‍🎓
@uconnsenior @uconn_sociology
@uconnenglishadvising #UConn20
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Jeff Rasmussen '20 (CLAS) came to UConn from Kansas City, MO, at age 25 after serving as a human intelligence collector for the U.S. Army. As a physiology and neurobiology major, he discovered a passion for neuroscience, building on his previous work with the Army.
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“The professors and TA’s in different disciplines in CLAS have really piqued my interest in subjects that I never thought I would be interested in. By virtue of just being a good teacher, many CLAS professors have inspired me during my time here.” 👩‍🎓
Jeff graduates with the class of #UConn20 next week. Up next, he's continuing neuroscience research in Brown University's graduate neuroscience program, as a Ph.D. student.

@uconnsenior
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Meet our next #UConn20 graduating senior: Caesar Valentin '20 (CLAS). “I have met so many professors along the way that have given me these opportunities. I have met so many students who show me different ways to think about things, who show me ways to get better at my classes but also ways to be a better person. I think that a CLAS education was the only education that existed for me."
👩‍🎓Caesar began as a chemistry major, but switched to political science and philosophy with a minor in human rights. He knew philosophy would provide the foundational frame of thought to help him ace his LSAT and pursue law school or his Master's in Public Aministration.
👩‍🎓One of Caesar's most significant experiences at UConn has been with @prlacc, where he made many friends and learned more about himself. 👩‍🎓
Congratulations, Caesar!

@uconndpp
@uconn_pols
@uconnsenior
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"A lot of people have a fear of not doing things right the first time. So, something as simple as 'try it, and we can go from there' is a great piece of advice." 👩‍🎓Our next gradusting senior in our series is Kelly Flannery '19 (CLAS), '20 MPA. 👩‍🎓Growing up in a woodsy area of New York, Kelly loved nature and science. But when she came to UConn, she discovered passions for gender equity while working at @uconnwomenscenter, and public administration. With all those talents and interests, Kelly fast-tracked her master's degree with @uconndpp, finishing two majors and a Master's in Public Administration in five years. 👩‍🎓More than anything else, Kelly wants to help people by advocating for marginalized communities.
#UConn20
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Six @uconn seniors. Six different stories. One shared home. 💙 We asked six graduating CLAS seniors when UConn began to feel like home to them. Their answers were as diverse as their majors. 
Featuring:
Caesar Valentin '20 (CLAS), philosophy.
Maxine Philavong '20 (CLAS), journalism and history
Jeff Rasmussen '20 (CLAS), physiology and neurobiology

Amber Smith '20 (CLAS), political science and sociology

Morgan Allegrove-Hodges '20 (CLAS), English and sociology

Kelly Flanner '20 (CLAS), geoscience and earth studies, MPA 🎥 Co-produced by graduating senior Samara Dowe.
@uconnsenior @uconngeosciences @uconndpp @uconn_sociology @uconnenglishadvising
#UConn20 #UConnCLAS #Home
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Wearing the graduation robe his father wore when graduating college in 1994, Ryan Amato '20 (CLAS) poses for a photo while his father photographs him. Amato, an English major and @uconncommunication minor, told the @hartfordcourant "he wanted the ptohographs for his family's archive and for a sense of closure." .
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originally posted @hartfordcourant.
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EEB major Sarah Baker '20 (CLAS) is spending her summer in the field researching the eastern red-backed salamander, with support from a @uconnour SURF award.
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"Research work is a lot of trial and error and problem solving," she says. "You go alone into the field, and sometimes things just go wrong and you have to look at what you have and how to fix it."
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Read more 👉 http://s.uconn.edu/4sv 
#UConnSummer
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"Welcome back, #UConn!" // Traffic picks up on Route 195, kicking off move-in weekend. #UConn20 #huskywow ...

A peek inside the first summer orientation session for incoming freshmen and their parents. Welcome, #UConn20! #UConnBound #UConn2020 ...

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