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Holy Cross Celebrates 762 Graduates in its 177th Commencement Exercises

President Vincent D. Rougeau encourages graduates to embody strength through differences in a polarized world.

05/26/23 by

The College of the Holy Cross graduated 762 members of its class of 2023 on May 26 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Thousands of family and friends, Holy Cross faculty, administrators, staff and guests gathered as the College conferred …

Class of 2023 Spotlight: Bryan Rivas

“Holy Cross has taught me the value of hard work.”

Name: Bryan Rivas  Major: Economics Hometown: Los Angeles, California. More specifically Watts, California.  Activities: Latin American Student Organization (LASO), WCHC 88.1-FM Radio, WCHC Sports, and HCF1RST Scholars

Class of 2023 Spotlight: Valentina Maza

"Embrace your power!"

Name: Valentina Maza  Hometown: born and raised in Venezuela and currently living in New Castle, Delaware  Major: International Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies  Activities: Senior Admissions Fellows, admissions tour guide, The Weiss Summer Research Program, Community-Based Learning Intern Program, …

Holy Cross Professor Calls Attention to First-Of-Its-Kind Stained Glass Window Depicting A Dark-Skinned Christ

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One of the earliest public examples of Jesus Christ portrayed as a person of color was rediscovered recently in a renovated Rhode Island church, stirring up questions about race, the state’s role in the slave trade, and gender equality in …

Class of 2023 Spotlight: Emily Rand

“Take time to reflect on and appreciate accomplishments.”

Name: Emily Rand Hometown: Freeland, Maryland Major: Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies concentration  Activities: Senior Admissions Fellow, Club Equestrian Team, Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), Alpha Lambda National Anthropology Honors Society

Class of 2023 Spotlight: Tremayne Ahdel Garrett II

“It’s okay to still be figuring it out because, believe it or not, we have time.”

Name: Tremayne Ahdel Garrett II Hometown: Bridgeport, Connecticut Major: Psychology part of the health professions advising program Activities: Alpha Alpha Alpha (Tri-Alpha) Honor Society, The Mentor Program, Black Student Union

Class of 2023 Spotlight: Jianing “Jenny” Bai

“I firmly believe that people of any age desire the right to learn and should not be marginalized.”

Name: Jianing “Jenny” Bai  Hometown: Beijing, China  Major: Psychology and Studio Arts  Activities: Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD) student teaching, Senior Admission Fellow, an international student leader in the Office of Student Involvement, and content reviewer and developer at …

Students Combine Century-Old Documents and Modern Technology to Research Boston Landscape

Using an online collection of historical urban atlases, the student researchers explored how the urban spaces changed over time.

Boston’s Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is a bustling 17-acre public park and green space, home to food trucks, fountains and even a carousel. But during the second half of the 20th century, that same space hosted one of the most …

Class of 2023 Spotlight: Nicholas Lazzaro

“Holy Cross helped foster my passions as an entrepreneur and helped me to learn how to take risks.”

Name: Nicholas Lazzaro   Hometown: Millbury, Massachusetts Major: Political Science  Activities: HC Launch, Holy Cross College Democrats

Class of 2023 Spotlight: Obiamaka Igwenagu

“Being able to make art that I felt a connection to made me feel like I was really contributing to our culture and values as Black individuals."

For her senior studio seminar art project, Obiamaka Igwenagu ’23 chose to focus on Black individuals and African American culture. Inspired by fabrics and jewelry that her parents brought from Nigeria, Igwenagu, a studio art and health studies double major, …

Class of 2023 Spotlight: Maxim Caron

“Holy Cross has taught me to embrace the unknown to fully realize personal growth.”

Name: Maxim Caron  Hometown: Belchertown, Massachusetts  Major: History with an education minor on the Teacher Education Program track  Activities: Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture committee member

Class of 2023 Spotlight: Kathleen Segal

“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in the chemistry department is to be OK with failure.”

Name: Kathleen Segal Hometown: Wellesley, Massachusetts Major: Chemistry, with a peace and conflict studies concentration  Activities: Isaacs Lab, head resident assistant of Williams Hall, College Orchestra (EBoard co-chair), Holy Cross Jazz Ensemble

Holy Cross Associate Professor: Poetry More Accessible Today Thanks to Technology

Oliver de la Paz, Worcester’s poet laureate, thinks that the increase in poetry’s popularity is thanks to, not in spite of, technology.

05/03/23 by

Technology continues to change the way humans live, communicate and even write, the latter thanks to ChatGPT, the news-making artificial intelligence natural language processing tool.

Law Class Brings Holy Cross Students Out of the Classroom and Into the City

Students examine reports that could affect the future employment of previously incarcerated people.

05/01/23 by

Riley Millburne ’24 was uncertain what lay on the other side of the doorway.

In Its 50th Year, Worcester’s Mustard Seed Continues to Teach Holy Cross Students About Service, Real-World Needs

Course and volunteer work with the nonprofit expands students’ perspectives on realities in their own backyard.

04/24/23 by

Katherine Harkness ’25 remembers going to church with her grandmother, a woman who would, on occasion, cook meals large enough to feed the entire parish. During Harkness’ first year at the College of the Holy Cross, she was taken back …

Cantor Art Gallery at Holy Cross to Feature Work of Senior Visual Arts Majors in the Exhibition ‘ESSENCE’

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery and the Department of Visual Arts at the College of the Holy Cross are pleased to present artwork by senior visual arts majors in the exhibition “ESSENCE,” on view from April 26 …

Holy Cross Professor, Students Publish Wormhole Data in Respected Physics Journal

The results of their Weiss Summer Research program studies on wormholes is published in Physical Review D.

03/30/23 by

As a student researcher with the Weiss Summer Research program at the College of the Holy Cross, Karina Calhoun ’24 hoped to learn and develop new skills. What she experienced was more than she expected: a greater understanding of theoretical …

Simplicity and Sustainability During Spring Break Immersion

Each year, the Holy Cross Spring Break Immersion Program allows students to build relationships across economic, regional and cultural differences throughout the country.

Holy Cross Raises $1.7 Million on Eighth-Annual Giving Day

More than 4,400 donated over a 24-hour period.

Members of the Holy Cross community showed and shared their love for the College, fittingly on Feb. 14, raising $1.7 million on its eighth-annual giving day.

New Student-Created Organization Provides Community, Support for Women of Color at Holy Cross

From study sessions and alumni networking to wellness activities and career workshops, ProspHER provides a sense of belonging for women of color on campus.

03/27/23 by

Nadjee Jocelyn ’23 and Juliana Pompilus ’23 had packed schedules planned for senior year. They were both double majors, active on campus and gearing up for their job search. But while members of the New York Semester Program as juniors, …