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HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT – Quinnipiac University conferred 1,920 undergraduate and 1,103 graduate degrees during 8 ceremonies from May 8 through May 10, 2021.

In all, 425 candidates for bachelor’s degrees and five candidates for master’s degrees attended the ceremony with their guests.

Among the graduates was Ashland resident was Nicholas Fetherston.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies. He graduated with honors – Cum Laude.

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For College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Smart, it was his last Commencement in his current role. He will return to the College of Arts and Sciences faculty next year.

“I believe that I’m a very lucky man,” Smart said. “So what do I want for all you? I would love for you all to find yourselves walking — no, running — toward a bigger life, a larger horizon, and to find yourselves hungry and thirsty for new things, new ways. If we did our work here in CAS, at QU, at all well while you graced us, then you already know what this feels like. Don’t stop.”

Anna Marie Ciacciarella ’21 and Christian M. Kearney ’20, MS ’21, delivered the Response of the Class of 2021.

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“During our four years, we’ve seen changes in our world and country that have found their way into the classroom,” Ciacciarella said.

“Issues of racial injustice and social inequities are at the forefront of the media, which have prompted our everyday conversations in class as well as our assignments and projects,” she added. “As we’ve grown in our studies and in our understanding of the world we’ve learned that we cannot be silent.”


Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational university where students engage in an educational experience that’s both personal and challenging from faculty who care deeply about student outcomes. We offer 150 programs to approximately 7,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students.

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