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,
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 ’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."
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."
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.”
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."
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."
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.