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UConn's CLAS Graduation Marks End of a Journey for Berlin Students [VIDEO]

Commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest college at UConn, was divided into two ceremonies Sunday at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Many from Berlin, East Berlin and Kensington walked with their class.

Thousands of family and friends watched on Sunday afternoon as nearly 2,700 students from the ’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) became UConn graduates during commencement ceremonies at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. Included in the group of graduates was a large number of residents of Berlin, East Berlin and Kensington.

Representing 55 different majors from 23 departments, students received their diplomas in dual ceremonies Sunday in disciplines ranging from journalism, psychology and political science to communications, human development and family studies.

Students were addressed by Cindy Luo, a graduating senior from Madison, a dual-degree student with majors in linguistics and philosophy, classics and ancient Mediterranean studies and English. UConn President Susan Herbst delivered the keynote address.

"College is only the first step, a place where our budding interests are nurtured and developed," Luo said. "Keep on learning. Be flexible. Try something new. But remember yourselves: remember what makes you happy – keeps you going," she said.

Herbst praised students for their hard work, and urged them to define their own lives.

"I hope you will be able to look back at this brief, precious time spent here at the University of Connecticut as among the best and most rewarding years of your life," Herbst said. "Don’t forget no matter how old you are, you will always be Huskies."

Here are the students who live in Berlin, East Berlin and Kensington who received degrees this weekend:

  • Michael E.Z. Baczewski, Bachelor of Arts, Berlin
  • Caitlyn Elise Brodeur, Bachelor of Arts, Berlin
  • Rhandin Sage DeSantis, Bachelor of Science, Berlin
  • Daniel Carl Erickson, Bachelor of Arts, Berlin
  • Kelly Joyce Foy, Bachelor of Arts, Berlin
  • Kelly Joyce Foy, Bachelor of Science, Berlin
  • Benedict Louis Gagliardi, Bachelor of Science, Berlin
  • Jonathan Garcia, Bachelor of Arts, Berlin
  • Jonathan Garcia, Bachelor of Science, Berlin
  • Alyssa Marie Griffo, Bachelor of Science, Berlin
  • Michael James Griswold, Bachelor of Science, Berlin
  • Matthew J. Guy, Bachelor of Arts, Berlin
  • John Peter Holzinger, Bachelor of Science, Berlin
  • Anthony Vequyen La, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Berlin
  • Nicholas Christopher Michaels, Bachelor of Arts, Berlin
  • Rachel Rose Miller, Bachelor of Arts, Berlin
  • Rachel Rose Miller, Bachelor of Science, Berlin
  • Kathleen Elizabeth Page, Bachelor of Arts, Berlin
  • Tulsi Ashok Patel, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Berlin
  • Mari Danielle Rauseo, Bachelor of Science, Berlin
  • Kimberly Krystyna Tynik, Bachelor of Science, Berlin
  • Charles Christopher Matlack, Bachelor of Arts, East Berlin
  • Christine M. Baranski, Bachelor of Science, Kensington
  • Sarah Elizabeth Carlson, Bachelor of Science, Kensington
  • Sarah Elizabeth Carlson, Bachelor of Science, Kensington
  • Justin Abel Crim, Bachelor of Science, Kensington
  • Anthony J. Dieli, Bachelor of General Studies, Kensington
  • Alexander John Dimitruck, Bachelor of Arts, Kensington
  • Alan Richard Huck, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kensington
  • Rupali M. Patel, Bachelor of Science, Kensington
  • JoAnn I. Portelance, Bachelor of General Studies, Kensington
  • Lauren Jewell Pucci, Bachelor of Science, Kensington
  • Theodore Martin Rosol, Bachelor of Science, Kensington
  • Michael Gregory Soneson, Bachelor of Arts, Kensington

Did you have a loved one who graduated from UConn Sunday? Give them a shout-out in the comments, and upload your photos to add them to this gallery!

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