Yearbook

Daniela Abarca
Psychology
Psi Chi International Honors Society in Psychology

Congratulations to the class of 2020! May we all achieve our goals and be successful in whatever our plans are after graduation, and stay safe!


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss getting Dunkin' in the student union and walk across campus seeing everyone living life. But I'm looking forward to starting my career in a field I'm so passionate about.

Advice to Incoming Students

Involve yourself in all you can and say yes to as many things as you can!


Hanan Abdulwahid
Psychology

Good luck


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the stress and anxiety during the finals


Sierra Agard
Nursing
Deans List

Good luck on your next journey!


Jerry Aime
M.S. School of Health Education

Glad I was able to come back and finish my time here at SCSU as a Graduate student. It’s been a pleasure working with you all and I appreciate the help that was given to me in order to succeed.


Advice to Incoming Students

For incoming students I would like to say continue working hard and stay focused. Your time will come. Strive to be the best person you can be!


Qamar Al-Salihi
Computer Information System

With new end, a new beginning blooms May it be a door for a brighter days Even if it rains, let it wash the roads Let it clear your sight, and set you on the go once again


Favorite Time at SCSU

My best time is when I get to work on campus to help my fellow students. Working as Help Desk and peer mentor have been a great contribution. The happiness it gave after successfully helping someone is an enjoyable emotion.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I can't believe I am going to say this, but I will miss studying and worrying about it. Sitting in class and talking to professor on a daily basis. It wasn't as bad as it may seem as we reach the end now.

Advice to Incoming Students

It may seem dark, and the end is far Can't seem to grasp the light Can't seem to end the night Tired of running with an empty sight Shall stay and watch the stars Pour a part of that glutted heart Don't stop the dream, keep the hope Stand again, and continue the road Even when the heart on the edge of falling Don't lose your way, keep on holding


William Aliou
Interdisciplinary Studies
Dean's List

What a wild time for our undergraduate journey to be coming to a close. Truly, it is only the beginning for all of us. Best of luck to my graduating 2020 class.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was working for the Southern News as their photographer covering a variety of events.


Natonia Allen
Public Health
Magna Cum Laude

Remember to laugh and have fun in the most difficult of times.


Favorite Time at SCSU

I enjoyed all my classes.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am looking forward to graduate school in a new state.

Advice to Incoming Students

When classes start to get hard, get help. The professors are great resources, use them.


Oluwarotimi Alli-balogun
Nursing and Psychology

Congratulations Class of 2020!!! Although this year has been challenging, we have all endured and persevered through the unexpected obstacles that came our way. This shows that we are amazing, strong and relentless. I am super proud of everyone and wish you all the best in all your endeavors. Congratulations!!!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being able to interact and learn from people of different cultural backgrounds who have vast knowledge and experience to share.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the amazing professors who have provided me with the invaluable knowledge I need to succeed in the world. I look forward to utilizing this knowledge in my future nursing practice!

Advice to Incoming Students

College is what YOU make of it. Always remember to breathe...have fun, make new friends, be open-minded and seek opportunities that will enhance your learning/professional development.


Abdulhadi Almatiet
Business Administration; MIS
Dean's list

Mission accomplished! It is hard that we can't gather and celebrate our accomplishments of this chapter of our life, but we will always remember these days how we were brave, and we didn't put our life on hold. We might not know what the future holds for us, but we have proved that we can succeed and overcome. Congratulations, and wish you a great future


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite memory is my first day at SCSU. I met Mrs. Jane DeLuca from the MIS department, her words were a great motivation for me.


Leatrice Alston
Psychology
Competed in Nationals as a SCSU cheerleader

SCSU gave me a home away from home. It was a pleasure spending these past years here. I wouldn't have wanted to go through my college years at any other school!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being a SCSU cheerleader.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

College life as a whole will be missed.

Advice to Incoming Students

Don't be afraid and make these next four years the best you ever had!


Ana Marcela Alvarez
Marketing
Senior honors and member of Zeta delta Epsilon

Enjoy every part of this new journey, we have everything ahead of us!


Carlos Alvarez-Martinez
Sports Management

When life shuts a door, open it back up. That’s how doors work.


Ana Marcela Alvarez-Ovalle
Marketing
Dean’s List, Cum Laude, Honorary Service Organization

Enjoy every second of this new journey, this is just the beginning! Good luck to all!


Kristen Amarone
Sociology/ Concentration Criminal Justice
Senior Honors Convocation.

Graduation is only the beginning! The sky is the limit.


Francinne Anez-Moronta
Master Social Work

Best of luck!


Amber Archambault
Social work
Henry Barnard Award

Thank you Southern for four years of memories, friendships, opportunity and growth.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was being an orientation ambassador and resident advisor! It was through these opportunities that I met my forever friends!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss everything about Southern, but I will miss being on the quad on sunny days, and hanging out with my friends! I am looking forward to starting my Masters in social work this fall at Southern!

Advice to Incoming Students

Southern gives you the opportunities to be the person YOU want to be. Don't be afraid to be out of your comfort zone!


Emily Badal
Athletic Training

2020 is our year! Go out and conquer the world!


Katia Bagwell
Psychology
2018-2020 Order of Omega, 2018 Advocate Award

As a transfer student, I've found such a home within Southern. I want to thank all of the friends and now family I have gained for their unconditional support and love for the past two years. I hope the impact I've made on campus carries on for decades. Legend out!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Joining Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Psi Omicron Chapter, working at the Multicultural Center, being in Student Government, taking classes in my major even though it was difficult, hanging out in the Stu... everyday I came to campus I had a new favorite memory.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss sitting in the multicultural center hanging out and doing homework with my friends. I am also going to miss hanging out on the patio when it's nice outside. I'm definitely looking forward to watching my friends grow and succeed at Southern, and hopefully continue my education at Southern as well.

Advice to Incoming Students

Be yourself, get engaged, and NEVER think that asking for help is a weakness. There are many people who want to see you succeed even if you think you can't!


Ryan Baird
Business Administration
Deans list

We did it


Favorite Time at SCSU

Freshman year

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Patty D and Cesar even though I think he hates me now... idk why I am looking forward to using what i've learned to become a better person

Advice to Incoming Students

Enjoy going to class because it is better than going to work


Allison Baker
Psychology

Thank you for an amazing 4 years. You’ve helped me build a strong foundation for a successful career. Sad that our senior year was cut short.


Dennis Ballester
B.A. Physics

It's been fun. Hoping we all meet under better circumstances in the future.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Learning how to use the huge telescope in the science building.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'll miss the campus, it was beautiful and filled with things to do. I'll look forward to moving on with my career though.

Advice to Incoming Students

Enjoy your time on campus. Make friends and spend time checking all of the different buildings out.


Jamal Barrett
Nursing
Connecticut League of Nursing Student Peer Award

It has been an honor to learn and grow as a member of the Southern Connecticut family. I hope to make the university proud and inspire the future generation of students to pursue their dream. Go Owls!


Advice to Incoming Students

Stay focused, study hard, and utilize your resources!


Reaunna Bartell
Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentrations: Mathematics and Women Studies

“ Change your thoughts and you change your world “ - Norman Vincent Peale


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting new people that I now call family.


Hannah Bassett
Communication Disorders
Magna Cum Laude

Go into the world and do well, but more importantly, go into the world and do good.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Sledding down the hill behind Neff on storage bin lids, Saturday nights at Toads, the multicultural fairs, and hiking East Rock!

Advice to Incoming Students

College goes by SO fast- try everything and celebrate every moment!


Christina Batista
Nursing
Psi Chi National Honor Society (Psychology)

Good luck in all your future endeavors!


Favorite Time at SCSU

OLAS Dance Team

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'll miss all my friends who have become family members throughout the years! I'm looking forward to my nursing career and starting my new chapter of life.

Advice to Incoming Students

If you set your mind to it you can do it, no matter how long it takes.


Crystal Batson-Jones
Social Work

Don’t give up keep on pushing, even when there seems to be no place to push to.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being in the Social work program

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I miss being part of my fellow social work classmates always looking out for each other throughout the program. I am looking forward to getting my masters degree in Social Work.

Advice to Incoming Students

Be prepared to work hard, read alot and have a staff of caring professors that want you to suceed.


Crystal Bazyk
Mathematics (Education 7-12)
Tau Sigma National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Honorary National Mathematics Society, National Society of Leadership and Success

Congrats!!!! Even though we didn’t have our commencement on time, we have shown our strength this semester with its surprises in our graduation year. SCSU Class of 2020!!!


Advice to Incoming Students

Don’t ever let anyone tell you, “you can’t” or “you will fail”. I’ve used that as my motivation to keep going and prove them wrong.


Suedenny Beckford
IDS

We did it!


Madeleine Bergeron
Anthropology
Honors

Be excellent to each other!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Making friends with the staff and other students in my department!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss getting to see my friends everyday, but I am excited to see what we all do after graduation!

Advice to Incoming Students

Don’t do your homework in your bedroom!! Do it in the library or student center if you can. You can focus better when you’re in an environment you don’t associate with sleep/relax time.


Jeshanah Berkeley
Communication: Film, TV, and Digital Production
Lambda Pi Eta

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” - Steve Martin


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of SCSU was gaining so much experience in my field while working with students and educators.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss the Communication department staff the most but I am looking forward to taking the skills they have taught me to incorporate in my everyday creativity.

Advice to Incoming Students

Don’t be afraid to change your mind for your own comfort. Mindsets change as goals are created daily.


Alex Berry
Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health
Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society and Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian Honor Society

Thanks for a great 4 years and great memories!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of being at SCSU was living on campus, making friends and exploring New Haven!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the people and campus, and I am looking forward to what the future holds!

Advice to Incoming Students

Make new friends and take advantage of what the campus has to offer!


JoAnna Bertorelli
Business Management

Follow your hearts <3


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being dropped a letter grade for missing class after being placed on mandatory bedrest because I was diagnosed with pneumonia Thank you Prof Selnick, you taught me life isnt fair.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Going to miss the professors who taught me passionately and made a positive impact on my life. The ones who weren't robots. Thank you Prof Garb Thank you Prof Panza

Advice to Incoming Students

AVOID THE PIZZA IN STU - GO TO CONN HALL INSTEAD No Really.... Pay close attention to your degree program, advisors are people just like you and I, most are underpaid and over-worked so they can make a lot of mistakes. You don't have to use the advisor you are assigned, if you're unhappy ask around, word of mouth is best for selecting academic advisement


Stephanie Blazzi
International Business

"If you don't know what you want, you end up with a lot you don't." Chuck Palahniuk Go out there, find your passion in life and get it!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Every day at the veterans office.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

The people.

Advice to Incoming Students

People make your time here matter. Make friends, meet new people and learn about yourself as you grow intellectually.


Kenneth Boakye
Interdisciplinary Studies

I wish you all the best in your careers and anything else you wish to pursue in life. There isn't only path in life and you owe it to yourself to go the distance and be the best version of yourself you can be.


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

The people I have met and my public health professors.


Anika Bonaparte
Social Work
Dean’s list

Whatever you decide to do, do it with love!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Common Day activities

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the the supportive staff members, Dr. Smoyer, Dr. Reyes, Dr. Hoffler Professor Tinney, and Professor DeFelice. I look forward to earning my LCSW after the masters program.

Advice to Incoming Students

You’re closer to your goals than you were before you got here! Keep on pushing, you can do this!


Julia Borsukivich
Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and English
Deans List, Fall 2019

Congrats fellow graduates, we did it! It was hard and might have taken a lot out of us but it was well worth it! Times are tough right now, but don’t lose hope - just remember what it took to get to this point in time! Stay healthy and God bless!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting friends that will last me a lifetime, and the incredible views on campus.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss trying to find my way around campus and getting to see the friends that I’ve made along the way as often as I did. Time went by super quickly, and I didn’t get to explore as much as I would’ve liked to, but I’m really looking forward to starting this next chapter of life!

Advice to Incoming Students

Some advice I would give to incoming students would be to plan out your week as much as possible. The more you plan out your schedule the easier it’ll be in the long run, because everything you need to do will be right there in front of you. Keep your loved ones/friends close, but make sure to get your work done so that you have the time to enjoy life, too. :-)


Cailey Botteon
Communication Disorders
Dean's List for multiple semesters, Multiple selections to the NE-10 Academic Honor Roll, D2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award (2018)

Thank you all for making this journey one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I'm truly going to miss each and every one of you.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being a student athlete

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss seeing all the people I have grown to be so close with these past four years. I'm looking forward to new adventures

Advice to Incoming Students

Reach out, get involved, one of the most important things I have learned is that being involved in such an incredible school can really make your experience at Southern that much better


Julia Bowen
Psychology: Concentration in Mental Health
Sigma Gamma Alpha Honor Society

Southern has been my home for the past 4 years and I couldn’t be more grateful for the memories we made. Class of 2020, this isn’t the end of our story but the beginning of a new one.


Chelsea Brandt
Elementary Education
Cum Laude

We did it, and right when the world needed us the most!


Jordan Brangi
Education

"Find a group of people who challenge you and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life" #girlsroom


Rachael Braziel
Accounting

We are finally graduating, we did it!


Rachael Braziel
Accounting

I’m so happy to be graduating with everyone! We finally did it!


Lauren Brideau
Environmental Systems and Sustainability
Dean’s List

Shark week is every week. Live sustainably, friends!


Keylea Brothers
Physics
Scholar Athlete and Deans List

It was fun while it lasted!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Spending time with my teammates!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss living so close to my friends and I look forward to watching the school grow!

Advice to Incoming Students

Make a friend in every class because that’s how you will pass most of your classes!


Qahteesha Brown
Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration PSY

Live Life To the Fullest !! Remember to Demonstrate Respect Along the Way !!


Favorite Time at SCSU

When I was able to bring my child to class.

Advice to Incoming Students

Be Encouraged


Iesha Brown
Communication
Lawrence E. Fitzgerald Award of Outstanding Achievement in Advertising and Promotions, and Lambda Pi Eta honor society

I came to Southern as a transfer student in 2018 and I felt lost and out of place at first. Fortunately with my professors help, students of southern and especially being apart of the Black Student Union, I quickly felt at home. I wish all the graduates success and happiness.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of Southern is seeing my friend Martin in most of my classes because I know I’m going to have fun no matter what.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss my professors the most especially Dr. Savelli and Dr. Baker because they helped shape the student I am today. I’m looking forward to finding a my dream job and really making a positive impact on the world.

Advice to Incoming Students

I would tell them make sure you ask question when you don’t know something. To students of color specifically don’t ever feel like you don’t belong, because I know imposter syndrome is real. You belong in these spaces and in these conversations.


Katie Buckheit
Communication Disorders
Summa Cum Laude, President's Award

Thank you all for making Southern the special place it is. I know we didn't end the way any of us would have liked, but I am so grateful for the time we had together. Good luck to all of you!


Favorite Time at SCSU

I loved working as an Orientation Ambassador and Coordinator with New Student Orientation. I will always be grateful to have been hired as a student worker in Student Involvement and Leadership Development.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss the people the most. I've been so lucky to have so many mentors guide me through the undergraduate process - I am so grateful to them. I'm looking forward to the next steps: grad school!

Advice to Incoming Students

The advice I would give to incoming students is to give yourself the chance to love Southern. Keep an open mind and dive in. Embrace the title of student! Learn as much as you can from everyone you meet.


Kevin Bundock
Sociology

Stay positive and do your best to keep a smile! You all are fantastic and you got this!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Hanging out with friends and making people laugh was a pretty good time.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss the people that I've worked with and had a good time with in Undergraduate Admissions. I look forward to making an impact in people's lives though. I want to do it with laughter and making people happy but who knows what's going to happen.

Advice to Incoming Students

Things seem terrifying at first and you feel like you're the only one that's feeling this way, but you aren't alone and people are there to help you. You become part of a family when joining the community and they're there to help you with anything you need. Keep your head up and stay positive with a smile.


Lorenzo Burgos
Psychology

In this year we learned how to deal with how unpredictable life can truly be. We learned to adapt, overcome and succeed together.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Teaching group exercises classes and working at the Fitness Center.

Advice to Incoming Students

Make the most of every opportunity that is presented to you. Take risks and make as many connections as possible.


Andrea Caceres-Autunno
Nursing and Spanish

We Did it!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Sharing Clinicals with my nursing classmates. I established relationships that will last a lifelong.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss my friends and Professors. I am looking forward to applying everything learned and come back to graduated school.


Makenna Calabrese
Communication Disorders

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m looking forward to graduate school, but I will miss my friends!

Advice to Incoming Students

Work hard, get good grades early because it gets harder as time goes on!


Makenna Calabrese
Communication Disorders

Congratulations and good luck in your future career!


Advice to Incoming Students

Go to class and try to get good grades! Talk to your professors if you're struggling, they are more than happy to help you!


Jason Carubia
Communication: Concentration Film, Television, & Digital Produciton, Theatre, Honors Minor
Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, Tau Sigma National Honor Society, Zeta Delta Epsilon Honors Service Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Lambda Pi Eta Communication National Honor Society.

No matter where you go and what life throws at you, don't ever let anyone tell you that, "you don't belong." Be a social tourist. Always strive to meet new people, experience new things, and gain knowledge that opposes your beliefs. Continue to challenge yourself even at great risk of failing. Most importantly, make your first goal to bring success to those around you, even if it means that you fail. When we work to help each other, we all win.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting so many interesting classmates and learning with them.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss the passionate professors who care so very much about the students and the fields the teach.

Advice to Incoming Students

Always be the leader. Leaders are not born that way. They learn, like everyone else, with success and failure.


Danielle Caselli
Business Administration - Marketing
Deans List, Cum Laude

"Let your dreams be your wings." Goodbye Southern... You've given me the tools to start my new beginning. I'm thankful for all SCSU has given me!


Stephen Casinelli
English 7-12 Education
Deans List

Well, this was fun. Good Luck Charlie.


Angela Casner
Psychology
Honors, Tau Sigma

Congratulations to everyone and good luck in everything you do in the future!


Gilbert Castaneda
Sports Management

Our time will come where we will celebrate the right way for all our hard work.


Angelica Castro
Nursing
SCSU Department of Nursing Award, SouthernStrong Award, Outstanding Leadership Award from NAHN

Congratulations, everyone! We made it!


Amanda Cavoto
Psychology
Crescent magazine journalist of the year, Southern Strong Award, PSY CHI HONORS SOCIETY, OMICROM DELTA KAPPA HONORS SOCIETY

SCSU has given me a world of opportunities and people that have significantly shaped me into the best version of myself. I will never be able to express the amount of gratitude I have for the people I met here. It’s inspiring to be surrounded by some of the brightest individuals this world has to offer. My college is experience is epically unforgettable.


Favorite Time at SCSU

The memories that stick out to me the most are of course my time at Southern News, Crescent magazine and the peer mentoring program. Shout the SNews NYC CMA Conference 2019! The social justice retreat in 2017. Amanda’s Declassified: Trauma Survival Guide radio show with Amanda Valentin was also an amazing memory.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I loved the accessibility to my friends, professors and advisers. These people bring inspiration and ambition into my life. The essence of Southern feels like home. Seeing so many people invested in academia brought out the best parts of me. I love studying at the library and hanging out in the student center.

Advice to Incoming Students

Enjoy insignificant moments. Enjoy the accessibility to so many of your friends at the same location. Immerse yourself in knowledge. Join clubs that you’re interested in; everyone else is nervous, too! People want to be your friend. Value and invest in your mental health. Set boundaries with everyone. It’s all a learning experience. Nothing is permanent.


Chelsey Cerrato
Double Major in Early Childhood Education and IDS with Concentrations of Spanish and Psychology
Deans List, Cesar Chavez Award

I am so proud to be an Owl! I want to thank everyone who has helped and guided me through these last 4 years. It has been an honor to have served as a leader on campus. I have also created memories and connections that will never fade. Warmest congratulations to the Class of 2020, we are ready to conquer virtually anything! Life has many wonderful things in store for everyone! Lastly, as we say in OLAS, "Con Ganas!"


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part about my time at SCSU has been joining the wonderful Organization of Latin American Students! OLAS has become my extended family and has brought me many new experiences and new connections that I will carry with me forever!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss performing at countless events and activities at SCSU, but I won't be missing too much because I look forward to returning to Southern for graduate school and being the new Graduate Intern in Student Involvement! Go Owls!

Advice to Incoming Students

Never be afraid to always be yourself!


Kimberly Chambers
BSRT-Respiratory Therapy

This has been an EPIC journey graduating through the pandemic of COVID-19 at SCSU. If we can move forward through this anything and everything else will not seem so difficult and to achieve. Onward and upward. Keep safe.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Shopping in the bookstore, walking on the campus grounds.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

My creative drive of researching and constructing an essay. Utilizing my academic skills, gardening,and me time!

Advice to Incoming Students

Incorporate effective study habits, prepare yourself to be challenged, put your best effort forward, and enjoy the experience.


Jillian Chambers
Communication Disorders
College of Health and Human Services Dean’s Award

Owl family🦉💙


Favorite Time at SCSU

Winning an NE10 Championship (volleyball)!


Melanie Chevarella
Early Childhood Education
Senior Honor Student

Congratulations class of 2020!! We have a lot to be thankful for and have a lot to celebrate! Life continues to be unpredictable but we have been reminded to never take anything for granted. All that we have accomplished is not to go unnoticed. I wish you all the best of luck for wherever life takes you next!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Living in Hickerson Hall was one of my favorite parts of being at SCSU. I met some of the best people ever while living in that residence hall! Being a student in the education program at SCSU was also very enjoyable and rewarding. I gained so much from being in the school of education and student teaching during my last semester was the best way for it to conclude.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss living on campus with roommates who became such important people in my life. I am looking forward to pursuing my masters degree at Fairfield University in the fall and to one day having a classroom of my own.

Advice to Incoming Students

Enjoy every moment !!! Looking back , I can't believe 4 years have come and gone. Stay present and do anything you can to enhance your college experience and make it the best :) Don't let time pass you by!


Jillian Chicano
Exercise Science

It’s been an honor to be a part of the SCSU Class of 2020 and I wish you all the best of luck!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU is making the life long friendships I’ve made and walking through campus when it was finally getting to be warm weather and everyone would be outside enjoying it.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss walking through campus when it was finally getting warm out and seeing so many people gathering in front of Buley, hanging out and just enjoying the day. I look forward to my future career and becoming a teacher.

Advice to Incoming Students

My advice I would give is to spend time on campus and get involved. I commuted all 4 years and although I hung out on campus and was a part of a club, I wish I took more advantage of being on campus.


Talisa Clay
Social Work
BSW Writing Award

Through it all, we made it!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being part of the BSW program.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

My classmates and the sense of community and family we had. I am looking forward to new career opportunities.

Advice to Incoming Students

Get involved in different activities to network with people.


Talisa Clay
Social Work

Despite current times, we still persevered!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting new people and connecting with professors

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss this tight knit family. I’m looking forward to furthering my career.

Advice to Incoming Students

Utilize your resources! The faculty catered about your success. Also, take O’Brien for swk320.


Emma Clini
Psychology

To the world we dream about and to the one we live in now ~ Anaïs Mitchell


Nolan William Cloutier
Biology
Summa Cum Laude, NE10 Elite Award, 3-time Athletic Achievement Award for Baseball, Dean’s List, All ECAC Student-Athlete

Congratulations and good luck in your future endeavors! Owls Forever🦉!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being a part of the SCSU Baseball team!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Being on campus and the community shared at Southern.

Advice to Incoming Students

Have fun and enjoy your time at Southern!


Hayley Colon
Nursing
Magna Cum Laude, Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society

We did it! It may have not been what we expected, but nothing can take away from what we accomplished! Congratulations everyone!!


Advice to Incoming Students

Never let anyone tell you that you cannot accomplish your goal, if you set your mind to it, nothing can stop you!


Ashley Connolly
Elementary Education

I am so grateful for the past few years at Southern. I am coming out of it with great memories, great friends and finally a degree. This is not the way we expected it to end, but we did it! We graduated! Now go out and chase your dreams.


Benjamin Coombs
Social Work
Tau Sigma Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society

Hey all! We made it!!! We are so strong and have worked so hard to make it to graduation. I am so proud of all of us. I have really enjoyed getting to know you over the years, and will not forget the great memories we've shared!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Singing with NOTEorious A Cappella choir! LOVE YOU ALL! <3

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss so much. I am going to miss singing with the university, advocating for students through Student Government, working on campus with stellar teams, seeing smiling faces all around, and getting to know students at Southern. We have so many amazing people at Southern, I wish there was a way to know them all!

Advice to Incoming Students

My advice is to find a group of people, an organization, or a club, that you like and get to know the people in it. I did that with SUMA Marketing and found some amazing people. Don't take people for granted, even your friends. Spend time with them, be present, and reflect frequently. Get involved with something you like on campus, something that you value. There are a lot of opportunities at Southern to grow as a leader and a global citizen if you take the initiative. Also, choose to be happy. Especially when things get tough, remember to take care of yourself first. Be always curious and be relentless in your fight for a better life, a better future. Remember two things: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" - Steve Prefontaine, and "do not work so hard that you forget to live" - myself. Buena Suerte. Caio!


Edward Cordero
History

Good luck in your next steps whether that be Graduate School or a career.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Scoops and Schedules with History Club Chinese New Year with the Chinese Student Association Club.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss being a major part of various student clubs. One thing I am looking forward to is starting my Masters program.

Advice to Incoming Students

Make good use of the Library.


Lorelei Corona
Business Administration Concentration in Management

To my fellow graduates, thank you for sharing the greatest four years of my life with me. From freshman INQ to now I have had the grace of meeting many extraordinary individuals. I am glad to say we finally did it. After four years we have concluded the end of this chapter. Congratulations to all my fellow graduates and best wishes to all.


Alana Cotton
Interdisciplinary Studies (Concentrations: Anthropology, History)

Congratulations to everyone – all our hard work paid off!


Samantha Courtney
Psychology

Congratulations Class of 2020!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was becoming a Resident Advisor and meeting so many amazing people. I met my best friends at SCSU.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss living with my Residence Life Family and I am looking forward to the next step in life.

Advice to Incoming Students

College goes by so fast, so make sure to enjoy your days here. Also, college is hard so make sure you take care of your mental and physical health.


Vittoria Cristante
Theatre
Certificate of Recognition for Assistant Choreography from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Honors College Graduate

Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors!


Jenna Csizmar
Psychology

I hope everyone has a great future! Southern has prepared us for greatness. We are Southern Strong! Hoot Hoot


Favorite Time at SCSU

Hanging out in the Dunkin sitting area.

Advice to Incoming Students

Try new things, and get involved! There is so much to experience at SCSU!


Jenna Csizmar
Psychology

My time at Southern has been one of the best times of my life. Thank you to all the professors, staff, and my peers that have made my college experience magical.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Going to Dunkin

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Best Buddies


Anna Cullen
Comprehensive Special Education
Magna Cum Laude

“Being a part of something special doesn't make it special. Something is special because you are a part of it.” - Rachel Berry, Glee Congratulations, Class of 2020!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was getting to be the president of Best Buddies. I loved getting to know all the amazing students and Chapel Haven clients who were in our club and I loved being able to further the club's mission of inclusion.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm looking forward to going to graduate school at SCSU in the Fall, so my time at SCSU is not quite finished. The thing I am going to miss most is being able to see my classmates and friends every day, and living on campus!

Advice to Incoming Students

Join as many organizations as you can until you find one that sticks- insert yourself into campus life and I promise you, you won't regret it!


Ashley D'Andrea
Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Congratulations Class of 2020. We did it!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was our class trip to Liverpool and meeting new people.


Rachael DaCunto
Art Education
Mary Beth Antin Memorial Endowed Award(2016) Deans List (2019)

Thank you for some amazing memories made at SCSU & lifelong friends!


Favorite Time at SCSU

The campus activities/events as well as my student teaching experience!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m looking forward to teaching in my very own classroom & making a positive impact on my future students through creating art!

Advice to Incoming Students

JOIN CLUBS & GO TO ON CAMPUS EVENTS!!!!!


Luwana DaSilva
English

I’m proud that we were all able to finally get to this point! Do what you love and love what you do!


Amanda Day
English 7-12 Education

Congratulations everyone! A huge shoutout to the amazing people I have in my life who helped me get to this point.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Becoming a sister of Omega Zeta Pi Sorority & homecoming skits!


Jeremy Del Valle
Interdisciplinary Studies

Thank you to everyone who's made these last 5 years of my life meaningful and memorable. I will forever cherish and be grateful for all the relationships I have made with you.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Attending SCSU football games and being on the OLAS dance team.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the friends that I have made and performing on the OLAS dance team. I am most looking forward to beginning my Professional Wrestling Career.

Advice to Incoming Students

Explore campus life and take chances. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.


Miguel Diaz
Spanish Secondary Education
Dean’s List for the School of Arts & Sciences

I wish you the best in your future. Never have a lack of goals and always work vigorously towards achieving them.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part at Southern was being able to participate in the Spain study abroad program. It was an experience that completely changed my life.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

The thing I will miss the most is playing guitar at the Blues, Jazz, and Latin Jazz ensembles. I will also miss constantly meeting amazing people. What I look forward to the most is becoming a Spanish educator at an inner city high school.

Advice to Incoming Students

Get involved as much as possible and constantly try to meet new people.


Victoria diBenedetto
Psychology

Thank you Southern and everyone I met here for some of the best years of my life. Good luck everyone!


Casey Dicine
Nursing

Congratulations and best of luck to everyone!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Making new friends through the nursing program!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss all of my friends the most, and I most looking forward starting my career as a Registered Nurse!

Advice to Incoming Students

Take your time and do not stress out! Everything will work out in the end!


Erin Dillman
Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health
Golden Key Honor Society, Psi Chi Honor Society, Zeta Delta Epsilon, magna cum laude

Be proud of your strength and resilience. Your dedication and commitment will not go unnoticed. The class of 2020 was made to endure. I am thankful to be apart of such a powerful graduating class that exemplifies the meaning of leadership and selfless compassion. Best of luck to everyone on their future endeavors.


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss the endless love and laughter from my beautiful ASA ladies! I am so grateful to have had such a strong support system during my time in college. I look forward to supporting others in the future as I continue to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

Advice to Incoming Students

Make every moment count. These are truly the memories you will cherish and hold with you forever.


Mahoghany Dolberry
Public Health
Golden Key International Honor Society, Eta Sigma Gamma, Public Health Excellence Award

When trying to find the words to describe my college experience I can only think of is the office, “ Everything I have I owe to this job…this stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job” -Jim Halpert And that is how I would describe the last 4 years of my life. Love you all! See you on the flippity flip


Favorite Time at SCSU

Making memories that would last a lifetime while I was just trying to have fun.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss my professors so much! I’m looking forward to meeting my graduate school teachers and returning to Southern to speak to classes I have taken.

Advice to Incoming Students

Get involved. Make friends who can become family. Make a home even though it means you’ll never want to leave.


Marisa Donarumo
Biology Minor: Wellness
Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society; Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society; Order of Omega National Greek Leadership Honor Society

Class of 2020: Thank you so much for a life-changing four years. Originally, Southern was not my first choice, but now I can't imagine going anywhere else. These past four years have been tough, but so rewarding, and I could not be more thankful for the opportunities that I have been offered here. Best of luck to everyone in their future endeavors!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at Southern was being a sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha. My organization challenged me to become the best version of myself, and I am so proud of who I have become.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss being in such close proximity to all of my friends and peers. Everyone has made such an impact on me, and I will miss being a part of the Southern family. I look forward to connecting with classmates on social media and seeing where they go in life!

Advice to Incoming Students

To incoming students, I would recommend getting involved as early as you can. Getting involved in various clubs and organizations that suit your interests is so important. You will be able to meet new people with similar interests and form bonds based on those interests. Don’t limit yourself to just one or two organizations. Join as many as you are interested in and can handle.


Gregory Donovan
Business Administration

Good luck everyone! It's been an awesome four years. So sad it had to come to an abrupt end. I will always remember everyone I meet at southern. Once an owl always an owl. HOOT HOOT


Favorite Time at SCSU

All the people I met definitely. Also, the opportunities I had to travel and learn. From New Orleans to the Chinatown trip, Southern created lifetime of memories for me.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss seeing everyone I met at Southern on a daily basis (reslife was awesome). Also, my favorite faculty and coworkers (shout out to language lab!) Going to miss ya'll at Newman society. Looking forward to the next chapter, also hopefully staying in touch with everyone.

Advice to Incoming Students

The most important thing is to get outside your comfort zone. There are many opportunities out there. Extending yourself just a bit will bring back big rewards.


Darrell Dublin Jr
Business Management

Achievement Unlocked: Graduate


Favorite Time at SCSU

The A Boogie spring concert was good, but the memories made with my classmates and friends were great and unforgettable.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am definitely going to miss the simplicity and fun of being a college student, but I am looking forward to working hard and achieving all of my dreams.

Advice to Incoming Students

Sleep? Ahaaa


Brittney Dubret
Early Childhood Education, Psychology

Thank you to everyone, especially to my peers in ECE! Without you this experience would not have been the same!


Shannon Dugan
Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors of Art in Psychology
Honors College

"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -- Winnie the Pooh


Favorite Time at SCSU

I was able to go abroad to Scotland for 4 months to run my own research study at Queen Margaret University.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’ll miss my friends but I’m looking forward to teaching young minds.

Advice to Incoming Students

Don’t put off living the moment while you’re in it because in four years you’ll look back wondering where the time went, and you don’t want to have any regrets.


Asza DuPree
Sociology

We earned this!!


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Looking forward to putting this degree to use and hopefully find a career I love!

Advice to Incoming Students

Discipline yourself! Be your own motivation! It really does pay off in the end! Best of luck!


Rachel Englund
Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Smiles, laughter, tears, and sleepless nights all paved the path to our success. Thank you to everyone who made this journey special! Congratulations Class of 2020!


Advice to Incoming Students

Do not be so hard on yourself and do not compare yourself to others. This is not their journey, it is YOURS!


Stephani Esposito
Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, Magna Cum Laude,

No one could prepare us for this, yet we have adapted and will come out of this moment in time stronger than before.


Kelly Fajardo
Public Health
Eta Sigma Gamma

To my fellow colleagues, Class of 2020 SCSU Our final year of college ended in the most unexpected way, but remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know..... #foreveranowl


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU, was always during the beginning of a new semester where we had WOW events across campus, or Commuter Wednesday's and grabbing a coffee on the go to class. I also loved PB&J's Thursdays.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss the most is my public health colleagues, professors, and of course all those long hours studying in the basement at Buley Library. I look forward to continuing my education in nursing and working at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Advice to Incoming Students

Study! Also, attend events on campus if you can! Sometimes you never know the value of the moment until it becomes a memory.... These four years go by quick, make the most of it!


Asil Fawalha
Computer Information System - CIS

I can definitely say it’s a bittersweet moment graduating and having to say bye to school, but excited to see what opportunities the future holds. It was a tough journey but I made it 🎓


Rohena Fearon
Social Work

Regardless of the circumstances no one can take away your accomplishments! This is the end of a new beginning. Graduating class of 2020 you did it! I did it! We all did it even when all odds were against us.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part at my time at SCSU was becoming a Resident Advisor. I was able to meet awesome residents, and create long lasting friendships!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss having my friends and peers just a dorm away. And I am looking forward to starting my new adventure, Grad School.

Advice to Incoming Students

Four years seems like a long time but it will fly by! Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to blossom and grow. Accept the challenges that you will face and appreciate the lessons they will teach.✨


Rochelle Felix
IDS concentration Public Health and Psychology

We Did It!! Giving up is never an option!!! With God all things are possible!


Favorite Time at SCSU

The out door activities with school matching band

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Seeing faculty and staff

Advice to Incoming Students

There is always help. Search for it. Never give up your first time.


Brenda Fernandes
History/Secondary Education
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Excellence in History Award

Try not to let our circumstances take away from this huge accomplishment- celebrate in any way you can (safely of course)! Be proud of yourselves, as I'm sure your families/friends are proud of you. I hope to see you all at an in-person graduation some time soon!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was the friendships that I made, which I hope to carry with me for life.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss seeing my amazing and supportive cohort every week.

Advice to Incoming Students

My advice to incoming students is to make the most of your time at Southern! You never know when your lasts will be your last! Join a club, speak up in class, say hi first, go to events, and get out of your comfort zone.


Samantha Ferry
Business Administration concentration in Accounting
Dean’s list

I want to thank all of the wonderful people that I have met throughout the years here at Southern. A lot of us Accounting majors worked as a team and supported one another. Congratulations and I hope to see some of you in the future!


Favorite Time at SCSU

The relationships that were made with other students and faculty.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the people, but I am looking forward to starting my career and meeting new people.

Advice to Incoming Students

Talk with your advisor more. Or at least someone who knows what they are doing. Use Southern’s resources that they offer so you feel included and secure about your future.


Nina Filippone
Marketing
Magna Cum Laude

I want to thank my fellow graduates for playing a small part in my big picture. I never thought that college would transform me in the way that it did but I've found that I'm leaving Southern better than when I came in, leaps and bounds ahead of who I was and ready to face the world. Everyone, regardless of whether I knew them or not, played a role in my experience, and for all of them, I am grateful. I wish we could all be together to finish what we started four years ago but I know no matter where we are we are still a Southern Family.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU has been meeting some of my best friends who I know are in it with me for the long haul. I also loved the opportunities I got to be able to give back and aid in relief from Hurricane Harvey as well as being able to travel to Italy with the universities Choir and sing in some of the most beautiful locations!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Something that I will miss most about Southern is the very obvious family and community. Walking out of class, the library, or Stu and seeing everyone enjoying themselves on the Buley Patio was something I looked forward to when it was warm outside. There was always someone you knew hanging out and somehow always music playing and we would all gather and enjoy ourselves, separately but together. What I am looking forward to most is all of the opportunities that I will get to put the knowledge that I gained at Southern to use, and know that I can be confident in my education.

Advice to Incoming Students

My advice to incoming students is to let your time at Southern be a time where you find and become your true self. Southern is a very accepting and encouraging community of people who want to see you succeed. You have room to try new things and make mistakes but ultimately get to where you need to go. Let yourself go on this journey, there is no pressure there are no expectations, this time is your time, use it to become you.


Taylor Fitzgerald
Communication Disorders
NSSLHA Treasurer, NSSLHA Co-fundraising Chair, ZDE Honors Service Society, Honors Senior Convocation, Deans List

Thanks for all the memories!


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I look forward to starting graduate school at Southern in the fall for my M.S. in Speech Language Pathology.


Kira Flynn
Bachelor of Science in Special Education: Comprehensive Program
Summa Cum Laude

Congrats!


Emily Folsom
Elementary Education
Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society

Through all of the obstacles that got in our way, we did it!!!


Favorite Time at SCSU

I am a sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha and I can honestly say I would have never made it through my time at SCSU if it wasn’t for this organization. Thank you to my sisters for making this the best 4 years of my life!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss sorority and living with my best friends but I cannot wait to have my own classroom!!

Advice to Incoming Students

Make the most out of every day, raise your hand in classes, join a club or organization. Southern is an incredible home if you do it right!


Natasha Forbes
Psychology

Congratulations to everybody, all our hard work finally paid off!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Homecoming Weekend

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss living on campus with all my friends.

Advice to Incoming Students

Go to as many events as you can!


Amos Ford
Sociology

The world is full of locked doors. I just wanted a key.


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m looking forward to living a comfortable life.

Advice to Incoming Students

Make sure you major in something you’ll love to do for the rest of your life.


Avery Fornaciari
Major: Psychology (B.S.) Minor: Social Science and Medicine
2X Captain of SCSU Women's Swimming and Diving ('18-'20), President of SCSU Chapter of Psi Chi ('19-'20), Head Facilitator of SCSU Athletic Leadership Academy ('19), NE-10 Swimmer of the Year ('20), NCAA Division II All-American ('20), NE-10 Sport Excellence Award ('20), SCSU nominee for NE-10 Woman of the Year ('20)

WE DID IT! Although the end of our year did not end how we expected or hoped...nothing can take away from our accomplishments and success. Nothing can take away the amazing memories we've experienced at Southern, and the laughs we've shared. Cherish every moment you've had and all the ones you are soon to encounter! Wishing you all the best!


Favorite Time at SCSU

I have been so blessed to have had too many incredible memories to count!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss my swimming and diving family so much. I am so proud of all the hard work and dedication they put in day in and day out at the pool and in the classroom.

Advice to Incoming Students

Set goals, work hard, get involved, and embrace every moment of the journey!


Amira Franklin
Psychology
Dean’s List

What a journey. I conquered and am beyond proud.


Favorite Time at SCSU

I loved being around my friends and trying new activities at school with them.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss learning about the different branches of psychology. I also will miss my friends so much. But I look forward to furthering my education in psychology and applying law to it.

Advice to Incoming Students

Never give up when it gets hard. Just let out a cry and keep pushing. It truly is worth it.


Julia Fredericks
Interdisciplinary Studies - Psychology and Media Studies

Congrats Class of 2020! I am so grateful to have been a part of our SCSU family and I will miss everyone so much. Thank you to my best friends that I came here with and to the ones I made along the way. I love you and am so proud of you! Wishing the best of luck to everyone.


Anna Gaffney
Sports Management

I wish nothing but the best for the graduating Class of 2020!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part about SCSU was meeting my two forever best friends, Halley Shambra and Jennifer Pohl. I wish you both nothing but the best!

Advice to Incoming Students

Balance is key, don't get off track and go for what you want. College is what YOU make it.


Buddy Gamauf
Communications

This was a weird graduation, but hopefully things will get better soon!


Advice to Incoming Students

Study, study, study!


Randy Gardiner
Marketing

Do great things


Andrew Gentile
English

I dunno how, but we did it. So that's pretty neat!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being in an environment where I could thrive and know that I was getting the education I needed for a positive future moving forward.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Sitting in the library or STU with friends and doing absolutely nothing.

Advice to Incoming Students

Push yourself, but know your limits. You're only human. If/when you fall down, take the time to gain your strength before standing up again.


Rose Giannicchi
Communication Disorders

I used to think college was the natural next step after high school. After these past four years I have realized that it is more than a given, it take dedication to education and ambition to see it through. We have shown both of these and resilience as we are finishing it during a global pandemic.


Favorite Time at SCSU

All of my favorite moments were created in the different organizations I joined where I met my people that helped Southern really feel like home.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am most looking forward to sharing how much I loved my Southern experience!

Advice to Incoming Students

Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you! The more involved you are on campus and in your major program, the more you will not only enjoy your time at Southern, but you will really be making the most of it! It’s intimidating to put yourself out there, but it is worth it and then some more!


Nicole Gigas
Geography- GIS
Student Affairs Awards: Commitment to Promoting Academic Success

I am so honored to have completed higher education here at Southern. I am so grateful for all the experiences that I have had with any of you in any capacity. I can’t believe our senior year is ending as it is but we can’t minimize what we have done by achieving a major goal - getting our degrees! I also want to acknowledge that I truly admire Southern students’ perseverance and drive to complete their education. I want to especially acknowledge all of my peers who graduated as first generation college students. Congratulations to all of you, you inspire me. Best of luck to all of us as we set out on our next chapter in life.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite time here at Southern has been making all of the connections that I did with other students and staff! The Southern community is so special and I honestly cherish all of the people I have been able to work with or become friends with.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss being in a challenging learning environment. I respect the academic process maintained by professors here at Southern. Every single professor I have had has taught me something important about how the world works or exposed me to a new way of thinking critically. I feel prepared for my profession so I am looking forward to continuing learning and developing skills that I have acquired at Southern.

Advice to Incoming Students

Do not take college for granted. Do your work, get involved on campus, strive for success. Be kind to yourself and others while you are here. Think about why college is important for you whether that is to enter a profession or for personal growth, both are valid. Remember that you are responsible for your learning in college. Value this time as a transition from adolescence to adulthood and use it wisely. Have fun and work hard!


Alasdair Gilbert
Sociology

We did it!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Making the many friends i have now from over the years.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Seeing my on campus friends

Advice to Incoming Students

Stay motivated


Thomas Gironda
Business Administration

To all my fellow graduating students, it has been a pleasure these last couple years at Southern! I wish everyone a good summer and hopefully everyone will find something that inspires them.


Maria Gjuraj
Sociology

:-)


Darice Glaze
Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry

This is step of greatness and a once in a lifetime experience. Making it to this point is a dream within a dream and I am more than proud of all of us for pushing through and getting the job done. God bless and stay hungry for success!


Taylor Goffredo
Psychology
Psi Chi Honor Society & Honors Student

Best wishes!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Getting to meet new people and make amazing experiences with them all!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the experience and atmosphere the most. I most look forward to building my own future and helping to change the world for the better.

Advice to Incoming Students

Live in the moment and leave no room for regret!


Karthik Gomathinayagam
Computer Science
Southern Connecticut State University - Computer Science Academic Excellence Award

To Everyone, Good Luck! It was nice to get to know everyone in the department and on campus!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Sitting in front of Buley on the steps on a nice day

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss the people, but I'm looking forward to seeing what's beyond college.

Advice to Incoming Students

Don't stress. Most of the time, the stress is worse than the work.


Hailey Gonsalves
Communication Disorders

Congratulations & best of luck to SCSU’s class of 2020!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was being a sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha.


Jonathan Gonzalez
Journalism

Well Deserved!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting new people and trying new things.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss the people the professors and the atmosphere.

Advice to Incoming Students

Work hard everyday because it is always appreciated.


Sebastian Gonzalez
Communication: Film, TV & Digital Production
Magna Cum Laude Graduate. Graduated with High Honors

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Seek the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, rather trust the Lord to guide you out there in the real world and in life. May everything you do, wherever your career path takes you, do everything in a spirit of excellence unto God. May the Lord bless all the 2020 graduates and may His purpose for your life be fulfilled.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of SCSU was definitely SCSU TV. From the first club meeting, I felt instantly at home. It was always my go-to place whenever I wanted to hang out or just go somewhere to do work. I've made great friends there and in the Film & TV department. If not the TV Station then the DPF. It was always a good time talking for hours about films and TV shows with the students and professors.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss talking about movies and hanging out with friends from SCSU TV and the DPF. I'm going to miss creating content and filming with those same friends. I'll miss those late nights editing in the edit suites and shooting films. The late night editing sessions in the TV Office and doing movie podcasts with friends. I'm looking forward to staying connected with the friends I've made and seeing where the future takes them. I'm really looking forward to working in production, hopefully in ESPN.

Advice to Incoming Students

Get involved as much as you can in clubs and organizations. Use all the resources you have at your disposal. If you're a film major, definitely get involved as much as you can in SCSU TV and learn as much as you can.


Erik Goodson
Printmaking

Congratulations


Advice to Incoming Students

Study Study Study Stay Ahead Of The Homework


Andressa Granado
Public Health
Eta Sigma Gamma

YOU DID IT! Wishing you all so much love, light, and success on your next journey <3 To my PCH classmates, see you guys in the field and I look forward to working on yet another group project together (it never ends).


Favorite Time at SCSU

Getting to know my classmates, teachers, and enjoying quad campus activities.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss class debates the most. I look forward to coming back for my masters next year - fingers crossed!

Advice to Incoming Students

Get involved and stay involved in campus initiatives or activities.


Sarah Granese
Exercise Science Human Performance
Honors Student

Congratulations and good luck to all my fellow owls in whatever they do in life. Thank you to my friends who have become family. These memories are forever.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being apart of a community that radiates so much spirit and love, even when we are apart. The energy and people here are what makes Southern a memorable home for me.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss the people I started this journey with, my FLEX family, lab partners, classmates, teammates and coaches. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my life, but holding onto the friends and memories from this one.

Advice to Incoming Students

Embrace this experience and everything that comes with it. You get more out of these four years than just a diploma.


Nancy Green
Sociology
Presidential Student Ambassador

Graduation is an exciting time. It's both an ending and a beginning. It's warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future. As we say goodbye, you shall be waving hello to new opportunities in your upcoming life, and I wish you all the best.


Favorite Time at SCSU

I will fondly remember serving as a Presidential Student Ambassador at SCSU. It was an honor for me to represent our great institution at important social functions hosted by President Joe.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will truly miss walking through the hallways and hearing my honorary adopted SCSU grandchildren, yelling, "Hi Jetta, what did you cook? or Hootie Hoo!" I enjoyed each and every classroom lecture and discussion. Regardless, of the fact, I am a grandmother, the students always said, I was the coolest grandmother and Auntie around! I'm looking forward to taking all my experiences and work ethics into the community and making a great impact in helping others reach their goals.

Advice to Incoming Students

"Life is like a Camera" by Winston Porter Life is like a Camera just focus on what's Important & Capture the good times Develop from the negatives & if things don't work out Just take another Shot


Andrea Gudino
Business Administration with Marketing Concentration
Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration

Congratulations guys, we did it!!!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being able to study abroad!


Christian Gunzenhauser
Theatre
Kennedy Center for American College Theatre recognitions: Richard Maltby Jr. Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre (nominee: The Boy Friend '16; Pippin '19); Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship (nominee: Pippin '19; alternate nominee: Red Velvet '20)

This isn't the way we wanted to go but we all worked very hard to get to this moment. Don't forget about everything you've accomplished during your time at SCSU.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite times at SCSU were when I worked on productions with the SCSU Theatre Department. Doing shows is a hands-on learning experience no matter what your position is and I learned so much every time I worked on a show.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss all of the amazing people I've met at Southern. I will, of course, stay in touch with my friends regularly. However, I will miss seeing everyone every day.

Advice to Incoming Students

Don't be afraid to put your foot in at the very beginning. I almost didn't audition for my first show at SCSU (The Boy Friend '16) because it was on the first day of classes. I don't know where I would be today if I hadn't just gone for it. Because of that experience, so many doors have opened for me during my time at college such being Secretary for the Crescent Players for three years.


Fidana Ha
Collaborative Education
Cum Laude, CT Minority Teacher Incentive Grant, Morgan-Conquest Scholarship, Carol Ann Shea Education Endowment

Celebrate every win, no matter how small. Congratulations to all my fellow Winter '19 and Spring '20 graduates!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite time at SCSU was being a Resident Advisor and making amazing connections, new friends, and just being able to be part of a new class' freshman experience.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss being able to walk a few minutes and see my Southern family but I am looking forward to educating classes of my own and making a difference in the education world.

Advice to Incoming Students

You can sleep when you're dead, make those memories and take those chances as often as you can.


Alyssa Haigh
Elementary Education

Congratulations to all of you! May your future be bright.


Lauren Hajjar
Sociology

To my fellow Graduates, I hope life is everything you want to be and more. Take everything you’ve learned and do your best with it. Love life a little more each day.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was all of the activities throughout every week, whether it was the food trucks, the sororities and fraternities putting on shows in front of the library, or just friends gathering in the quad.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss my friends the most and I’m looking forward to starting a new path in life.

Advice to Incoming Students

Do not stress about every single assignment, you will get everything done and you can do anything you put your mind to.


Destiny Halapin
Psychology

Any time you become consumed by passion take a moment to pause and follow your curiosity.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Discovering who I am as a person and where I want to be.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the amazing professors who have guided me. I look forward to creating my own life story!

Advice to Incoming Students

The next four years are going to be focused on finding out if you are a jackhammer or a hummingbird and why both are important -Elizabeth Gilbert


Julia Hall
BA Political Science
Pi Sigma Alpha - The National Political Science Honor Society

“Love life”


Waiyat Hamdani
CIS

Finally, done!! I could not do it without faculty help. Thank you very much for your help.


Ryan Havey
English - Creative Writing
Sigma Tau Delta

"Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art" -Neil Gaiman


Nicole Healy
History
Outstanding in History Award, Magna Cum Laude

We have endured so much & overcome so many obstacles other classes before us didn’t have to face. Take pride in what we’ve achieved and bask in the moment!


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’ll miss living on campus so much! Being an RA in Neff Hall has been one of the most rewarding experiences and I had some of my best memories there. I’m looking forward to starting my masters at Central and interning in Student Activities at ECSU!

Advice to Incoming Students

Your experience at Southern is what you make of it , and SCSU offers so many great opportunities to learn, grow, and meet new people that it is hard to avoid it! Take every opportunity you can to try something new, you never know when it could be your last chance.


Rachel Hermanns
English Secondary Education
Deans List

It is what it is.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Having laughs and good cry sessions in the corner next to the English department lounge with my friends.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss my friends and my favorite professors. I’m looking forward to seeing them again.

Advice to Incoming Students

Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.


Brandi Amber Hernandez
Psychology
Dean’s List

I am beyond grateful for this opportunity and to have made it here to graduate first generation in my family. All of the hard work we’ve accomplished has paid of and I want to congratulate all the rest of my friends and fellow classmates, we did it! 🥳


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting my friends and creating memorable experiences!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’ll miss the whole college experience and living on campus with my friends. Yet, I’m looking forward to continuing my education in graduate school and becoming successful in my field.


Lauren Hodge
Athletic Training

We finally did it! Congratulations to everyone who is graduating and many blessing for your future!


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss working on campus at FPS and getting involved on campus. I am looking forward for the next chapter of life.

Advice to Incoming Students

Do not rush anything in college, take every moment in with your roommates, classmates, professors, etc. It goes by in the blink of an eye. Enjoy every second of it because these will be the best four years of your lives!


Shante Holmes
Interdisciplinary Studies

We made it! Wishing you all the best with your future endeavors! ❤️


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being able to connect with total strangers and building connections.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

My advisor sessions and new experiences

Advice to Incoming Students

Challenge yourself &; never feel embarrassed to ask for help ! There are so many resources.


Shante Holmes
Interdisciplinary Studies

We made it! Wishing you all the best with your future endeavors! ❤️


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being able to connect with total strangers and building connections.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

My advisor sessions and new experiences

Advice to Incoming Students

Challenge yourself & never feel embarrassed to ask for help ! There are so many resources.


Antoney Holmes
Sociology

We did it Graduates! I wish you all the best.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting new people and networking.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss the unique conversations with my fellow classmates and I look forward to becoming successful in my career and remaining happy.

Advice to Incoming Students

Work hard and never settle. Continue to strive for greatness.


Sarah Holodnak
Psychology
Psi Chi

Although this isn't what we imagined, let's make the most of it and celebrate because we made it! Happy graduation to the Class of 2020! I wish you all the best success in furthering your education or beginning your careers!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting my best friend, Kaylee!

Advice to Incoming Students

Take advantage of office hours!


Olivia Holubecki
Nursing
Dean’s List

Good luck to everyone in whatever their future holds! We have worked so hard to be where we are right now! We can do anything we put our mind to! Now let’s go make the world a little better place!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was being apart of the women’s soccer team and a nursing major! I have met so many genuine people over the past 4 years that have impacted my life in many ways! We have grown together, cried together, laughed together, and got to spend a memorable 4 years together! Some of my best and favorite memories are at SCSU! Bella and I spent a lot of time in Buley library, studying was fun too haha

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss having all of my best friends in one place! I was fortunate to be on the women’s soccer team and spend everyday with these girls for 4 years! I am going to miss my nursing friends! We have grown so much in the past two years and concurred one of the most challenging majors! I love you guys! I am most excited about being a nurse at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital on the cardiac/pedi floor!

Advice to Incoming Students

Find what you are passionate about and do it! It might be hard work but, it will all be worth it!


Makayla Hugo
Nursing
STTI MuBeta Chapter

Congratulations everyone, we made it!


Amina Huric
Sociology

We did it!


Advice to Incoming Students

Always reach out to your professors no matter what is going on. Southern has the BEST professors!


Nicole Hyman
Social Work
Phi Alpha Honor Society

Congratulations class of 2020!! Even though our graduation was postponed and we can't celebrate as planned, I hope everyone is finding their own special way of celebrating and recognizing how far we've come; We did it!!


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm definitley going to miss living among all my friends and being on campus all the time. On the other hand, I'm looking forward to starting graduate school and getting my MSW!

Advice to Incoming Students

I would tell incoming students that college flies by way too quickly, so make the most of your experiences, meet as many people as you can, build relationships with professors and advisors, and take lots of pictures to look back on because these are the days you'll miss most.


Rachel Iassogna
Communication Disorders
Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors in Communication Disorders

Congratulations to the class of 2020! We made it!


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’ll miss living on campus the most & I’m looking forward to starting my master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Southern in the fall!

Advice to Incoming Students

Get involved early on & enjoy being a Southern owl!


Adebola Idowu
Public Health
Public Health major honirs

Congrats on this great achievement. We were able to scale through the challenges and we sure made it! All glory be to God the giver of life.


Favorite Time at SCSU

1st and 2nd year experience

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss SCSU undergraduate days but I am also looking forward to come back to SCSU for my MPH if God permits me to

Advice to Incoming Students

Hardwork pays off. It will make sense at the end


Carmela Improta
Biology

Congratulations to my Fellow Graduates, These years have been filled with struggles, challenges, laughter, and many indelible memories. We did it!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Learning in the Science lab where I discovered my own phage.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss all, classes, professors, discussions, and our campus guards who always watched after students at the entrance booth! I hope to come back on campus as a researcher.

Advice to Incoming Students

Take every opportunity to learn from the best. Each course is an asset in becoming a better YOU!


Holly Izzo
Music

You know, I’ve made some of the best friends of my life and have had some of the best memories of my life at SCSU. I’ve also had the hardest and worst moments of my life at SCSU. But at the end of the day I’m glad it got to be with you guys. Thnks fr th mmrs :)


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being a part of the music department. It’s a big family and I’ll take that with me for the rest of my life.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m really going to miss the music department, my teachers, my friends, the classes/ensembles. I look forward to showing off what I learned at future gigs and at Grad School for music Therapy.

Advice to Incoming Students

My advice to incoming students would be: Really get to know downtown New Haven, she’s a cool place that will give you lots of great memories. Take your time and enjoy every drop, leave no stone unturned. Your college years go by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it...


Weronika Jachimowicz
Communication Disorders

Congratulations to all the graduates! Wishing you all the success and happiness the world has to offer!


Karlyn Jackson
English (Creative Writing)
Summa Cum Laude

I'll never forget all the good times we had, playing DnD in the empty rooms on weeknights at Stu, debating ethics in the library, and admiring the view in the crisp autumn breeze behind Morrill. For every night I spent grinding out essays, I had ten days spent in a careful state of procrastination, savoring every moment of my college experience.


Advice to Incoming Students

Let yourself explore. Let yourself question. You may have this straight and narrow path laid out that you've planned to follow from day one, but things change. The best way to grow is to accept the risk of failure and put your heart into your work.


Morgan Jasmin
Psychology

Congrats to all!! Wishing everyone good luck wherever you’re future takes you!!


Favorite Time at SCSU

The best parts of my time at southern was meeting my now very good friends , whom I’ve gotten to know and love over these past few years , as well as my classes and getting the opportunity to enjoy the learning experience.


Mahasa Jenkins
Economics

Good luck in your future endeavors!


Favorite Time at SCSU

The people and my clubs.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss all the wonderful people i've met. I am looking forward to making a shit load of money.

Advice to Incoming Students

Maintain a Balanced life. Also master time management and organization.


Jada Johnson
Social Work
Dean's list throughout all semesters in SWK program!

It has been an interesting final semester, but we are FINALLY done and are able to say "I completed college during a global pandemic." Cheers to us on this huge milestone in life. Wishing everyone the best on whatever journey life takes you, and always remember that you can do anything you put your mind to! #SCSU2020!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Living in residence halls and meeting new faces and lifelong friends.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss my social work program, and feeling like a family. I am looking forward to furthering my education and working in my field.

Advice to Incoming Students

Have fun BUT stay focused! Hard work always pays off.


Tashaney Johnson
Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in public health and self design

It’s been one heck of a time but it’s all been worth it.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being a member of the SCSU Dance Team.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss living on campus and I look forward to my next step in life.

Advice to Incoming Students

Take every opportunity offered and get connected in the community.


Amanda Jurgens
Psychology
Psi Chi Honors Society, Zeda Delta Epsilon Honors Service Society, Deans list every semester.

Although our time here at Southern was cut short, I cherish and so strongly value what time I, fortunately, spent among this Class of 2020. We have grown together, made mistakes together, and many of us know each other by face and not by name. Regardless, we are still a family and I feel lucky that my family was found in all of you. Thank you for these memories.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Freshman year, every day my newly made friends and I would go about our days filled with class, but every single night we would meet back together for dinner, and we would sit as a family at Conn spending hours there. These newly made friends I describe are now my best friends for life.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss living with my best friends every year. I look forward to each and every one of us flourishing in our own fields, having each other as connections, and a person to lean on (Despite the distance).

Advice to Incoming Students

Step out of your comfort zone! My best memories and my best friends that I made came from me doing just that. Whatever that means for you.


Melanie Kazlauskas
Sociology

I wish everyone luck on their future endeavors! I’m so glad we were all able to reach this point and can’t wait to see what is in store for all of us!


Favorite Time at SCSU

The learning experience was my favorite part plus PB&J Thursday’s were awesome!

Advice to Incoming Students

Make use of your resources. Professors and staff are here to help you. Utilize everything Southern has to offer!


Melanie Kazlauskas
Sociology with a concentration in criminology

Good luck to all SCSU Graduates!


Rachel Kelsall
Biochemistry
Honors in Chemistry, Harry Haakonsen Award, Biochemistry Award

"I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy." - Marie Curie


James Kenney
MBA

The Simpsons Season 10, Episode 6, 2:55


Violetta Konopka
Elementary Education
Deans List

Enjoy your time at Southern! It's the best years of your life.


Cailey Korwek
Social Work
Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society

Congratulations to all graduates, the world is ours.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being an Orientation Ambassador for two years then Orientation Coordinator for one year. Also, being a sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the sense of community the most. The warm, sunny days, sitting out side of Buley and the countless activities hosted outside in the spring. I will miss the amount of opportunity this university gave me, but look forward to what’s to come in the next chapter of my life.

Advice to Incoming Students

Go after the experience you want. Make your college experience different from your high school experience! You’re paying for an education & an experience.


Caitlyn Koster
Psychology
Member of Psi Chi and Delta Sigma Pi honors society and received departmental honors in Psychology through completing an honors thesis.

This semester has been tough on anyone who loves Southern as much as I do. But to everyone who has made it through and is graduating this semester, I commend you! I hope that as you enter through this new journey in life, you reflect on the good times and know that this is all really just the beginning.


Favorite Time at SCSU

There are too many wonderful moments to count. I lived on campus for three years and have made lifelong memories with my roommates. I thoroughly enjoyed working on my thesis with Dr. Kahlbaugh who was just a pleasure to work with. I also loved my job at the Dean's Office of Health and Human Services and treasure my time spent there immensely. Dean Bulmer and Alisa St. Georges and everyone else at that office are such kind and hardworking people, and I would not be where I am today without their influence.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Above all else, I will miss the people I met at Southern. My roommates Stephanie and Gabby are two lifelong friends I met while at Southern and I will miss them terribly after graduation. I will also miss my job in Health and Human Services and all of the people who work there. Luckily, my time at Southern is not finished, and I am so excited to come back in the fall as a graduate student pursuing a Masters in Speech Language Pathology.

Advice to Incoming Students

I would like to tell incoming students to just take a moment during their first semester there to just breathe and take everything in. Coming to college is such an overwhelming and joyous new experience. Take some time to get to know the campus. Find your favorite corner of Buley, talk to that professor you think is brilliant, let this campus speak to you the way it spoke to me and let yourself feel at home here.


Emily Kowalski
Exercise Science Physical Education and Health K-12

I’m so blessed to have met some of my best friends at this University. Southern was full of laughs, cries, and precious memories I will have forever. We did it class of 2020!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was choosing to pursue Physical Education and meeting the best classmates and professors this University has to offer. I have met my lifelong friends in this department. Without this change in my major, I probably wouldn’t have been graduating at Southern today.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss Dunkin runs with my friends 5 mins before class started, hangouts at Stu for 3 hours straight doing nothing, finding free t-shirts at any chance we could get, cookies at Robertas at 10 p.m., The Bachelor and Grey’s nights with Jill Chambers and Anna Venard, and student teaching. I’m gonna miss seeing the people in my program every day who have been family to me, my best friends, my students, and my roommate Anna putting up with my shenanigans/craziness.

Advice to Incoming Students

Choose a major that makes you happy and alive. There are going to be so many obstacles that you’ll face throughout your years. Do not let it discourage you, keep pushing!


Daria Kraszewska
Secondary English Education
Deans List (2015, 2018, 2019)

“Okay, It’s happening everybody. stay calm...STAY @#!% CALM” (Michael Scott)


Ben Kubie
Interdisciplinary Studies: Nutrition and Sociology

I appreciate every single person that made my transfer into SCSU as a sophomore/junior successful and painless. It would have been a much different experience as an incoming freshman, I know, but I went where the wind blew me and am going through something that millions of others don't get the chance of, called graduation. I will also never know the utmost relief of finally paying off loans or being a first generation, but I still want to recognize their drive in seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting more people from my home town with similar music interests after only keeping a friend that stayed around since elementary school. Being closer to my family to know they’re always in good health. The school had an accessible drumset that kept me drumming. Being able to build my dj experience at some parties.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Connection with teachers. What the future lies ahead for my fitness career and what other possibilities are coming my way.

Advice to Incoming Students

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR TEACHERS IS SO VALUABLE. You can avoid it all you want and go mess around and live your true college life, but don’t come crying back to the ones that mattered because you thought you were better off doing “other things” to keep yourself satisfied. This goes for clubs as well and work opportunities. TRY TO FIND A BALANCE. If you can accomplish that, you’re gold.


Jackie Kutcher
Exercise science with a concentration in human performance
Deans list in fall 2016, coaches choice (gymnastics) 2020

Thank you for the best college experience I could ask for, keep making your dreams come true, we did it!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being on the gymnastics team because i came in with an immediate group of friends and it introduced me to so many people that are now so important to me

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss the atmosphere of southern, but I’m most looking forward to not being broke anymore

Advice to Incoming Students

Have fun, college flies by so go out when you’re tired, be a little crazy and most importantly be yourself. You will remember your college experience forever so make it worth remembering.


Victoria Lacafta
Psychology
Honors

I love you SCSU Owls! Thank you for a beautiful journey.


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss the people the most, SCSU has amazing, accepting, and vibrant people and I will always miss having the SCSU community to spend every day in.

Advice to Incoming Students

Ask someone a random question. Everyone you meet has something you can learn from even if it's that they think their car might be haunted by a mouse.


Dawa Lama
Interdisciplinary Studies

Congratulations class of 2020. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” -Dalai Lama


Michael Lauer
Social Studies Secondary Education

This was not the way we all envisioned the end to our undergraduate career. However, I am certain the lesson and experiences we had a SCSU will be of great use when navigating the changing world.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of SCSU was the friends you meet along the way. The friendships I have made a Southern I certainly value long after my time at school is over. I was lucky to make life long friends while attending school and I cannot wait to see what they do in the future.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss seeing all the warm and familiar faces around every corner. Whether or not if a friend, professor or faculty member. I always get so welcomed at Southern. It is truly a great community to be apart of.

Advice to Incoming Students

Enjoy every moment you have while in school. These are truly some of the best experiences of your life. Eventually your time at Southern will end and I hope you are able to look back and see that it was all worth it. Keep and open mind and try new things you never know when you will meet a life long friend.


Hannah Lebeau
sociology

To the women’s lax team- hailey steph kaylee karlie bay kelly liney molly jess julia tess mia laura renae tati and the rest of my loves..enjoy it while it lasts! love you all


Favorite Time at SCSU

playing lacrosse and being stupid with my best friends

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

i’m gonna miss amanda murray the most


Erin Leirey
Communication Disorders
NE10 All Conference Team 2019, 2020. SCSU Swimming and Diving Captain 2019-2020. Graduating Honors. Deans list every semester.

Our times are up here at Southern but we are more than prepared for what lies ahead of us. We did it!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting my very best friends and getting to go through so many changes with them.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss being with my peers everyday the most. We all are going our separate ways after graduation and it won't be the same. I am looking forward to extending my education and going back to school to become a Master of Speech Language Pathology.

Advice to Incoming Students

I would tell them to not be afraid to break out of their shells and become engaged in their environment. Many opportunities await them and it is important for them to seize every opportunity that comes in their path.


Lexy Lelas
Recreation and Leisure studies

I wish you all much success and happiness and hope we can all keep in touch.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of SCSU was meeting new friends!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss my friends, professors and advisors the most. I am looking forward to getting a career in my job field.

Advice to Incoming Students

Don’t be scared to put yourself out there! Always join clubs, and make sure to go to events on campus it’s the best way to meet people.


Dion Lewis
Biology

Congratulations everyone


Gabriella Licari
Studio Art

Thank you class of 2020 for giving me a community that I will always be a part of.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite memories include all of my time spent in the art department and all of my meetings and events for the Southern's Future Teachers Organization, best club on campus! I will always remember sitting on the Buley steps on sunny days and grabbing cookies from Roberta's with my roommates. Thank you to all my friends and professors that made campus my home for the last four years!


Chris Light
Business management

Congrats everyone we finally did it!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Homecoming weekends

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss seeing everyone on campus while looking forward to new adventures

Advice to Incoming Students

Always make time to study and socialize and make friends!!


Julie Lin
Biology

We dem boys 😎


Favorite Time at SCSU

Friends


Martin Lippai
History (7-12)
The Outstanding in History Award, The Robert Phipps Senior Award

Don't be afraid to try something new, and don't be afraid to fail.


Laura Lopez
Interdisciplinary Studies

Congratulations! I can't wait to see all the great things we are going to accomplish. Don't stop chasing your dreams, work hard, and be true to who you are.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting all my friends and having great professors shaped me into who I am today.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm definitely going to miss all the time I spent in Buley with my friends.

Advice to Incoming Students

Do not be afraid to try new things, step out of your comfort zone. Do not be afraid to ask for help. There are so many great resources on campus. Enjoy your time and take advantage of your time at Southern. It truly is a special place.


Maui Lopez
Interdisciplinary Studies
Magna Cum Laude

Fellow Graduates, After many long years, we can finally say our hard work was all worth it! We will look back at all of the memories and experiences we had and take them forward with us into our futures. Our extraordinary circumstances during this pandemic make our class one of the strangest graduating classes yet as we learned how to adapt to a whole new school with virtual and video online classes while remaining safe at home. We overcame these obstacles and are on our way to graduation! I hope to see everyone one day at commencement, but just in case, I wanted to send all of my love and wish us luck to our class. Congrats, we did it!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite memories are of PRISM club meetings and Drag Ball, the PB&J sandwiches in Engleman Hall, as well as the studio and my art classes in Earl Hall. I'll miss hanging around Conn Hall and cramming for finals and going to study groups in the library.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss my professors and classmates, and the overall energy our campus has. I am looking forward to bringing that spirit everywhere I can.

Advice to Incoming Students

If you're a commuter, LEAVE A HALF HOUR TO AN HOUR EARLIER, you will NOT find parking if you're late to get to class! But really, stay curious and don't be afraid to be who you are on campus. Join clubs, talk to people passing by and reach out to others! There is always a place for you here, even if it doesn't feel like it at first. You're going to have the time of your life here, and you'll look back and realize how fast it's gone, so take it all in moment by moment!


Estelle Lopez
Business Administration - Accounting

Grateful to be a part of such a resilient graduating class.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Commuter friendly and diversity.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’ll miss all the campus events. I look forward to leading a successful career with the knowledge and tools SCSU provided me.

Advice to Incoming Students

Take a class out of your comfort zone. Take advantage of all the free events and facilities.


Claudia Lopez
International Business

This is not the goodbye that we planned to be having here at SCSU. I’m proud of us! Even till the very end we kept fighting and now we are celebrating a well anticipated milestone in our lives. I’m excited and nervous of what the future has in hold for us. Being the warriors that we have been; this time at SCSU has prepared us to be successful in our careers. CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020!!


Favorite Time at SCSU

SCSU gave me the opportunity to be able to meet amazing people that have the same mindset as I do. Being able to be surrounded by facility that was for the students.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m looking forward to start my career and use all the tools the SCSU gave me to be successful. I’m going to miss giving the campus a final goodbye.

Advice to Incoming Students

As hard as thing get keep fighting. You are working toward your future. When you look back it will all be worth it.


Jane Lovejoy
Social Work
Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society

Congrats to the Class of 2020! Best of luck to you all on your future endeavors!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of Southern was becoming a part of the Social Work program’s close knit family, and meeting lifelong friends in the process.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss seeing my friends everyday and taking cycling classes at the gym!

Advice to Incoming Students

Four years of college seems like a long time, but it really does fly by. Make the most of it!


Veronica Lowery
Interdisciplinary Studies

“Mistakes are proof that you are trying” - Jennifer Lim


Favorite Time at SCSU

The wonderful staff that I met. Especially Dr. Maria Diamantis.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am looking forward to acceptance into the MAT program at SCSU.

Advice to Incoming Students

Success is not determined by how long it takes, but as long it takes! As a single mother of 3 children at the time my journey took off in August 2012. 8 years later I finally feel accomplished, but this is not the end of my venture. No matter the hurdles, challenges, or trials, never give up on your success.


Madeline Lynch
Exercise Science- Human Performance
Honors College

Good luck on your future endeavors! Make the most of every day #FullSend


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was all the late night adventures with my friends. Whether we were going for a drive, going to get food, or going out, there was nothing better than being with them.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss having a big family. Residence life gave me coworkers and residents who I connected with and loved being around every day. I always knew that if I wanted to see a happy face, I could just walk down to the lobby. Hopefully I can find another family within my Sacred Heart Program!

Advice to Incoming Students

Do not wait. Do not wait to have fun, do not wait until the weekend, until the class is over, until the semester is over. If you wait, it will be over and you will be wishing you did more. Find a balance and find a way to have fun in the present. If you push it off until things get easier, you will never get to do everything you want. Life is happening now, so have fun now (and still take care of your grades).


Julianne Macca
Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management

Congrats 🙌we did it!!!!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Making friends

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Going to miss seeing my friends everyday. I’m looking forward to being an adult

Advice to Incoming Students

Stay on top of your work😂


Pamella Madrigal
BS-Spanish (7-12)
Sigma Delta Pi

We did it! Our graduations mark the end of this series of memories, and open the door for a lifetime of more. We leave campus with not only our diplomas, but most importantly the memories of what we’ve learned in the past years, and what we will do with it. Class of 2020: Congratulations on getting this far!! Now go and live a life that is worth remembering! I wish you all the best!


Favorite Time at SCSU

I really enjoyed the overall environment and atmosphere. I felt that SCSU has a huge variety of student groups and activities available for students. There’s always something for everyone!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss how welcoming the community is to everyone that is willing to participate and be open. There are events going on almost every night, such as guest speakers, movie showings, intramural sports and entertainment nights, such as ping pong/video game tournaments and more. There is probably a club or group for everyone, and if not, there are plenty of resources to make one for others to join!

Advice to Incoming Students

My advice to incoming students is, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you’re struggling for class, can’t make friends, or you don’t know how you’re going to pay your next semester. Asking for help is a sign of strength, maturity and confidence, not a sign of weakness.


Hadil Mahairi
Communication

To everyone in the Communication Department and in A&P, congrats on graduating! Best of luck to you all !


Jamie Malaterra
Communication Disorders

To the class of 2020, We made it! Be proud of all of your accomplishments! Congratulations to all of you! Here's to the future!!!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite time at SCSU was when I met my best friends Matt, Annie, Tori, and Autumn in one of my classes for my major! They're the best friends that anyone could ever ask for!!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss renting study rooms with my friends and having classes with my best friend Leah. I am looking forward to attending Baylor University this fall as a Graduate student! I will be studying to become a Speech Language Pathologist at one of the best SLP Graduate programs in the country! I am extremely proud to have finished my undergraduate studies here at Southern. Onto the next school!

Advice to Incoming Students

Always follow your dreams and never give up. Always have faith in yourself. When times get tough, always try and focus on all of the positives that life has to offer.


Kennan Martin
Communication
Lawrence E. Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in Personal and Professional Communication

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -Maya Angelou


Favorite Time at SCSU

Wednesday meetings with my Brothers, being an RA in West, Homecoming, and sunny days on Buley patio.

Advice to Incoming Students

Enjoy every moment and get out of your comfort zone.


Milanni Martinez
General Studies

Although Covid-19 took away our graduation ceremony, still celebrate YOURSELF! This is a time to reflect on you and set new goals. Don’t look at this as a setback but more of a time we can catch up on rest we missed the past 4-5 years. Congratulations to us ! Class of 2020 is still the best!


Favorite Time at SCSU

I transferred to southern my junior/senior year. It was a risky decision but the best decision I made. My best time at southern was actually before I became a student and went to the A boogie concert.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Nothing, I live down the block. There is nothing for me to miss.

Advice to Incoming Students

My advice is to push through and ride it out, no matter how hard it gets! Always finish what you start and you will feel amazing afterwards.


Karla Mayorga
Therapeutic Recreation
Honors

Even though our time came short, we were able to strive with success and at the end become 2020 graduates. We all have bright futures in our chosen fields, and I can’t wait to see it. To my friends, thank you for the endless support and memories, we made it! I am so pleased to call myself an owl!🦉💙


Favorite Time at SCSU

When the weather got nice and all the students would gather and sit outside of buley, listening to the dj, dance and talk to their friends.


Chazz McCarter
Sociology

I wish you all the best!


Kiera McCarthy
Recreation and Leisure Studies

I am so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to have spent the last 4 years at Southern. There’s truly nothing better than being an owl. To the class of 2020, congratulations!! We worked so hard to get here and we should all be so proud of our accomplishments!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting so many wonderful people and creating so many amazing memories

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss walking to class and passing friends! But I look forward to continuing to pursue my major and establish a career.

Advice to Incoming Students

To the incoming students of Southern, participate as much as you can and make the most out of your time here. Time flies while you’re here.


Lisa Mclaurin
Social Work

Congratulations class of 2020. We did it!! Continue to remain strong and live the life you've always dreamed of.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite times at SCSU were participating with the bake sale in the Student Center Lobby and volunteering in Connecticut Hall.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss my classmates, the faculty members and the wonderful friends that I have shared common goals with over the years. I am looking forward to starting the Advance Standing Program at Fordham in the Fall to continue my education in Social Work.

Advice to Incoming Students

My advice to the incoming students is to never give up and continue to strive for your dreams. Be fearless in the face of adversity and never stop learning.


Migdalia Melendez
Psychology

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” -Alfred Mercier


Favorite Time at SCSU

The academic and social events that would bring all students and faculty together anywhere on campus.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

Looking forward to taking what I have learned into the professional world.

Advice to Incoming Students

Take your academics seriously and know there is always help if you are willing to take it.


Gianna Mendes
Psychology
Magna Cum Laude

Congrats to the class of 2020 on all of our achievements! We have proven to ourselves all that we can do even when difficulties are put in our way.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Being a Peer Mentor for the freshmen of 2021- 2023.

Advice to Incoming Students

Take advantage of all of the new opportunities that you will have. Connect with faculty members and try new things!


Brooke Mercaldi
Environmental Systems and Sustainability Studies
Henry Barnard Award

Congratulations fellow 2020 graduates! The past four years at Southern have been incredible, and I'm so thankful to have gotten to learn and grow with you all. I can't wait to see all the amazing things you accomplish!


Michael Miceli
Physics Education (7-12)

Now the real adventure begins - congratulations class of 2020!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Spending time with friends at the Academic Success Center or in the science building.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss all the connections I made here, especially to professors and faculty members, and I will miss the camaraderie of the physics program. I am most looking forward to starting my career as a Physics Teacher.

Advice to Incoming Students

Utilize your professors and resources - build a reputation with them. Use professors' office hours and the Academic Success Center, they're here to help you, so use them.


Elina Michel
Biology Major, Public Health Minor
Dean’s List

To my fellow graduates, be proud of yourself for this amazing accomplishment. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was being apart of the greatest club, Steppin’ Up Drill Team. My team has become my second family.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m going to miss gathering on the Buley Library Patio on a beautiful sunny day with all my friends and fellow classmates. I’m also going to miss the events put on throughout the school year for students! I’m looking forward to new beginnings that bring forth new opportunities.

Advice to Incoming Students

Get involved! You will not regret it. You get to meet so many new people and that can bring forth a lot of networking opportunities for yourself in the future. Also, make sure you balance out your academic and social life. School is very important, however there’s nothing wrong with having fun with some friends every once in a while! Make your time at SCSU worth it!


Alexis Miller
Public Health
Eta Sigma Gamma

We made it!


Paige Mino
Interdisciplinary Studies

The last semester was a challenge, we will never forget online learning during the pandemic! Congrats everyone! Class of 2020


Favorite Time at SCSU

Dancing with Otus the owl was always fun! Haha

Advice to Incoming Students

Come ready to work and learn from the best!


Kelvin Mintah
Biology
Magna Cum Laude and Recipient of the Rachel Carson Book Award for Excellence in Ecology.

We made it! Whoop whoop!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Getting to meet new people including faculty and fellow students and establishing long-lasting rapports with them.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m definitely going to miss the overall Southern spirit of togetherness and oneness.

Advice to Incoming Students

College provides an opportunity to redefine yourself. Get involved, expand your horizon, grab hold of every opportunity, meet new people and have fun without losing track of your studies of course :D


Kevin Miranda
Spanish

Special shout out to the Spanish department and advisors for helping me in my four years of Undergrad. Congratulations to the rest of class of 2020!!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part has to be starting with the SEOP summer program back in 2016 where my life at SCSU began! Loved the cultural events during spring semesters, Noche de Gala by Olas, and being able to be apart of the University Choir.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss the interaction with great professors and classmates. I truly looking forward to continue my education as a Graduate student for Bilingual Elementary Education.

Advice to Incoming Students

Take your classes serious, whether you are interested or not. This is an experience you should enjoy to the max always when you prioritize your school work first before doing anything fun.


Esmeralda Monter Duran
Sociology with Criminal Justice Concentration

This was not year we expected but I hope we can stay safe and continue to prosper over the upcoming years and accomplish our goals.


Hakeem Moore
Communication Disorder

Congratulations to my fellow covid classmates. Look on the bright side, at least our graduation year is the most memorable of All Time!


Claire Mora
Interdisciplinary Studies

You can do it.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Chilling with my friends and eating.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss seeing my friends and the food at the vending machines stealing my money.

Advice to Incoming Students

Carpe Diem.


Olivia Moreno
IDS - Psychology & Wellness

I know this is not how we all wanted to end our senior year... but WE DID IT! CONGRATULATIONS TO US!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time here at SCSU was definitely all the activites and events throughout the semesters - being able to always see a new face!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I think I'm going to miss the feeling of still being a kid, haha. Now that I'm graduating, real life is coming quickly! It's a bittersweet feeling, but I'm ready to see what life has in store for me.

Advice to Incoming Students

Enjoy your time at SCSU - it goes by faster than you think. Take advantage of all the opportunities Southern has for you - academically and socially!


Hannah Morse
Public Health
SCSU Swimming and Diving, Dean's list, Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honor Society, Graduating with Honors

Just remember: we are the ones that the history books will talk about. We are the ones who can make it through anything. We are resilient.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was winning the Northeast 10 swimming and diving championship 3 out of the 4 years I was here at southern. I was apart of something incredible and I am so glad that I came to SCSU to finish my swimming career.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss how beautiful the SCSU campus is in the spring, I am going to miss being part of something so big, and in a weird way I think I am going to miss feeling inspired by some of the amazing professors I've had. I am so excited to move towards my career goals and to take new steps in my life. The unknown is exciting.

Advice to Incoming Students

Go to as many fun events you can. Take time to relax and do something for yourself. Try to talk to people you've never met. Apply yourself in every way. You never know what could be waiting for you!


Robert Mucka
Finance

Never let anyone tell you that you can't achieve what you set your mind to.


Favorite Time at SCSU

I loved the camaraderie between my fellow veterans and I.


William Muhl
Communication

Good luck in the real world!


Favorite Time at SCSU

1st annual veterans turkey bowl

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss my fellow Veterans from the office and hanging out there. I will look forward to getting a career and experiencing life with my family.

Advice to Incoming Students

Read your syllabus, and get out and explore around.


Julia Munroe
Secondary English Education
Dean's List

Even after studying English for so long, it is so hard to find the words to say goodbye. Thank you to all my professors and peers for an incredible four years! I wish the very best for you all and may our paths cross again someday soon.


Favorite Time at SCSU

I always enjoyed walking from the Wintergreen Garage to Engleman on a nice day. Southern's campus was always so pretty in the springtime.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will truly miss all the wonderful people I met at Southern, especially the fellow students in the Secondary English program. However, I am looking forward to us all to graduate, become certified, and go on to be awesome teachers!

Advice to Incoming Students

Never be afraid to speak up or stand out! This is the time to discover who you are and what you want from life. Be your unabridged self and make the very most out of this experience while it lasts :)


Jillian Murphy
Communication Disorders

Thank you to the friends and professors who made the last four years memorable. I truly could not have done it alone.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time at SCSU was being able to go abroad with the help of my advisors and the Office of International Education.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss being so close to all of my friends, but am looking forward to starting graduate school at SCSU with some of them in the Fall!

Advice to Incoming Students

Collect all the free shirts that you possibly can.


Amanda Murray
Public Health
SCSU Lacrosse Captain, Outstanding Sophomore of the Year, ODK, Deans List

Go on with confidence in the direction you please. Know that your SCSU family will always be here for you.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Getting to meet my best friends and spend 4 years learning, growing, and living.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the feeling of confidence and pride I had when walking around campus. I am looking forward to the new opportunities that I have coming up for my future career.

Advice to Incoming Students

You WILL find a way to make this university your home. You will find your place.


Amanda Murray
Public Health
Deans list, Outstanding sophomore of the year, captain of the lacrosse team, Peer Mentor, Success Navigator at the Academic Success Center, treasurer of ODK - SCSU’s leadership honor society.

Thank you to everyone who touched my life throughout my 4 years. I never expected to love Southern as much as I did, and I am so thankful I got involved and met so many great people.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting new people. I met new people through lacrosse, peer mentoring, working at the success center, and being a member of different clubs. I loved creating new friendships along the way of my undergraduate career.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I will miss being around my friends all the time. Those are moments you take for granted. Whether it be nights at the dining hall, or early morning wake-ups for class, I wish I could relive every moment with my roommates and friends.

Advice to Incoming Students

College is what you make it. It’s going to be a tough transition, when it seems like everyone has it all together. It may take time, but you will find your people, you’ll find your passion.


Brianna Muscio
Biology
Summa Cum Laude, Gamma Sigma Epsilon

To my fellow graduates, congratulations! We survived these past years and most importantly we survived this crazy transition to online learning due to COVID-19. I wish everyone the best of luck in the future!


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite part of my time here at SCSU was all of the time I was able to spend in the science labs both with my classes and my research study. All of my lab time helped me decide what I wanted to do once I graduated!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm going to miss seeing my friends every day the most. We all became very close over the past four years and I will forever be grateful for the friendships made. What I am looking forward to the most is being done with school, at least for now, and finally being able to work in my field.

Advice to Incoming Students

My advice to incoming students is don't be afraid to speak up if you're having trouble with something or need help in any way. The faculty and staff at SCSU really do want you to succeed and they are there to help so take advantage of it. Also do not over-plan how your time at SCSU is going to go because it will never go completely as planned but that is usually for the better!


Mimoza Nasufi
IDS

Always believe in yourself and you can achieve anything.


Favorite Time at SCSU

making new friends

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the amazing professors and I look forward for this new chapter in my life.

Advice to Incoming Students

follow the path of what you desire the most!


Victoria Neves
Business Administration: Accounting
Dean’s List Honoree

Thank you for making this such a memorable time and I hope you all have an amazing journey ahead of you!


Favorite Time at SCSU

I loved working with incoming first year students as a Peer Mentor and Orientation Ambassador!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss all the constant events and amazing community. I am looking forward to going to graduate school at SCSU!

Advice to Incoming Students

You don’t automatically get an experience when you go to college. You have to step out of your comfort zone and create that experience for yourself!


Mia Ney
Elementary Education

Congrats to all!! We've all worked so hard for this moment, so make the most of what life hands you next!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Making new friends and having a second family at Southern!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I'm looking forward to what the future hands me. I'm going to miss seeing everyone all day everyday and waiting in those Dunkin lines.

Advice to Incoming Students

Stay strong and stay focused. Make your first year memorable and make friends!


Leroy O. Nicholas Jr.
Interdisciplinary Studies: Marketing and Business Management

Good luck!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Finishing.


Heidi Nicolson
Geography, concentration in GIS

Congratulations to you all! Good luck with everything you do from here on out!


Favorite Time at SCSU

The people I have made connections and the lasting relationships with students and faculty/staff alike. I also had an amazing time on my short semester abroad in Iceland in 2018! I really got to know people within my department so much more than I ever would have, and the people I met who are locals in Iceland as well. Not to mention, the experience of going to a new place and learning new things about Iceland, was such a wonderful and rewarding experience!

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss all the friendly faces in my department! I am looking forward to what the next part of my life brings for me, a career and everything else beyond that.

Advice to Incoming Students

I found this to be the best college for me, and as long as you work hard and put the time in, you can really succeed here!


Michael Nigro
Sociology Criminology/Criminal Justice
New Haven Promise Scholar

It has been a great honor to go endure this ride with you all. I am forever grateful for all of the everlasting friendships and unforgettable memories that I have made during my time here. The class of 2020 should be incredibly proud of all of our accomplishments and our unbelievable strength. I cannot wait to see the impact that we will have on this world! Let’s fly class of 2020! 🦉🎓


Favorite Time at SCSU

Having the opportunity to meet new and incredible people each and every day.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss the feeling of walking around campus and seeing so many familiar faces the most. I will miss the amount of opportunity the university gave me, but definitely will be looking forward to the next chapter of my life.

Advice to Incoming Students

My advice to incoming students would be to live everyday as if it were your last. Study hard, but make sure to have fun while doing it. Your time is limited here so do all you can to make the absolute best out of it. Work never ends; college does. As the class of 2020 has learned painfully, never take what you have for granted and take in every moment as if it were your last.


Brianna Nixon
Interdisciplinary: Concentrations: Psychology and Professional writing

“We do not need magic to change the world, we can carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.” – JK Rowling


Advice to Incoming Students

My advice to incoming students is to go to class and do your homework first, then party all you want!


Salvatore Novella
International Business

Push through no matter how hard or how tough the struggle it’s worth it in the end.


Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite time at Southern Connecticut State University was the road trips with the hockey team to Columbus, Ohio for nationals. Another favorite time I had at Southern Connecticut State University was when I made the All-Star team in the 2018 season. I also got an award for Atlantic region first team overall.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

What I’m going to miss most is the memories I made on and off campus. Also the connections I have made with my professors. What I look forward to is my future and to give back to the school that gave me so much.

Advice to Incoming Students

Time management!!!!


Sarah O'Connor
Political Science and Marketing

Thank you for an amazing 4 years and lifetime of amazing memories. Smile we made it.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Meeting my lifelong friends for the first time.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss making memories with some of the best people. Though, I am looking forward to seeing everyone continue to grow into amazing people.

Advice to Incoming Students

Surround yourself with people who truly want to see you succeed.


Claudia Oeges
Recreation and Leisure

Congratulations to my fellow classmates on your accomplishments! Remember to always strive to be the best you can ever be and not to give up!


Favorite Time at SCSU

Going to Liverpool with my friends!


Taylor Oliver
Communication Disorders
Tau Sigma Honors Society, Gamma Sigma Alpha Honors Society, & Omicron Delta Kapp

Congratulations to the class of 2020! You are all going to do great things.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Becoming a sister of Omega Zeta Pi sorority and finding my best friends.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss seeing all of my friends on campus every single day. But, I am looking forward to beginning my masters degree program here at Southern!

Advice to Incoming Students

Make the most of every single moment, it truly does go by so so fast.


James Olsen Jr
Finance

Good luck to all my fellow classmates with all of their future endeavors.


Favorite Time at SCSU

Becoming a brother of Beta Mu Sigma Fraternity and all of the friends it led me to.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss all of the friends I have made over my three years here at Southern. I am looking forward to "starting" my life after college.

Advice to Incoming Students

Get involved and do not waste a second here at Southern because our parents were right when they said it would go by in a blink of an eye.


Nicole Onas
Public Health

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Although our time at Southern was cut short, I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and that we will come out of this pandemic more resilient than before. Don't let the pandemic stop you from recognizing and (safely) celebrating your hard work and dedication from the past years, we've all earned it! Best of luck to everyone in your future endeavors!


What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss seeing my Brownell residents, classmates, and sorority sisters each day, seeing students gathered outside of Buley on the first warm day of the Spring semester, and being in community that felt like home.