A letter to the Class of 2020: Professor Raye Reply

Dear Class of 2020 – 

You are a dynamic, fearless and resilient group that copes with adversity and challenges with a “hell ya, bring it on” attitude.  You have demonstrated your ability to face changes, improvements, adjustments, and even a complete disruption of your education with grace and strength.  When we moved from small departments to reorganization with the creation of schools, you nimbly pivoted and adapted to the new structure, ensuring that it did not erode our small class size and close faculty/student relationships.  When we renamed ourselves from a college to a university, you took it in stride, buying new gear and new stickers to show your deep Laser pride.  When archrivals Mount Ida and Newbury College folded, you opened your arms and hearts, welcoming those students and helping them adjust to the Laser community.  And when COVID-19 dismantled your senior spring and our final weeks together, you stood up, came together and refused to go quietly without a fight for what you believed in and wanted as a class.  You are a powerful group with powerful voices.  You are true leaders and role models on our campus and you will be missed.   More…

A letter to the Class of 2020: Professor Kinsky Reply

To the 2020 Lasell University graduates:

You started your journey at Lasell College, as eager, curious, possibly nervous, young students. You might not have known how strong, flexible and resilient you were back then. The last four years have proven these qualities in all of you. You have succeeded through many challenges, and overcome many obstacles. You have grown up in so many ways, through life experiences both good and bad, happy and sad, friendships, wins, losses and of course, education. You may have had new experiences with travel, internships, modeling, or industry-related connected learning experiences. Maybe you experienced snow for the first time…and the second, third, etc.  Maybe you have formed special connections with peers and faculty that challenged you and made you question things because of their different ideas, beliefs and perspectives. Now, four years later, on the other side of this journey, you leave as young adults and graduates of Lasell University.  More…

A letter to the Class of 2020: Professor Calhoun Reply

Dear Seniors,

There are times in history that can be looked at for guidance today. This has, to varying degrees, all happened before. Like now, people of the past were given the opportunity to reveal their best and worst natures. One of the most trying moments in fairly recent human history was the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Almost exactly 100 years ago, this pandemic took millions of lives—many in the 20 – 40 years age bracket. The world was already reeling, having just emerged from World War I, known then as the Great War (since who could have predicted there would be another), and with massive social upheaval still convulsing throughout Europe and Russia, and brewing in Asia. More…

A letter to the Class of 2020: Dean Haverty Reply

It’s hard to believe graduation is just around the corner, where has the time gone? I can remember seeing so many of your faces alongside your families at Open House and Lasell Day and in a blink of an eye you’re on your way to life after Lasell. As you prepare to head out to make your mark on the world, here are a few words to take along with you… More…