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UConn Graduates 2,700; 31 from Brookfield [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.

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.

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.

Of the 2,700 to graduate, 31 called Brookfield home (see full list below).

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."

2012 Brookfield UConn Grads:

  • Michael Gus Apotsos, Bachelor of Arts
  • Ilyssa Dori Bain, Bachelor of Science
  • Elizabeth Xiaoqi Cai, Bachelor of Science
  • Amanda Barabra Christos, Bachelor of Arts
  • Sandra Elani Christos, Bachelor of Arts
  • Miranda Rose Depoi, Bachelor of Arts
  • Jasmin Marie Jardeleza Ducusin, Bachelor of Science
  • Daniel Andrew Hanley, Bachelor of Science
  • Kate Christine Harris, Bachelor of Science
  • Jade Alexandra Holton, Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Kevin Mahoney Kappel, Bachelor of Arts
  • Meredith Leigh Kelsey, Bachelor of Arts
  • Alicia Lauren Kruzansky, Bachelor of Arts
  • Sarah Restituta Luis, Bachelor of Science
  • Nicole Marie Lynch, Bachelor of Arts
  • George Micheal Madkour, Bachelor of Science
  • Elizabeth Frances Marconi, Bachelor of Arts
  • Heather Anne McVey, Bachelor of Arts
  • Meghan Marie O'Donovan, Bachelor of Arts
  • Hatali Patel, Bachelor of Science
  • Timothy D. Secola, Bachelor of Arts
  • Timothy D. Secola, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Andrew Joseph Secola, Bachelor of Arts
  • Jaime Sarah Smith, Bachelor of Science
  • Carl V. Soares, Bachelor of Arts
  • Michelle Frances Spina, Bachelor of Arts
  • Benjamin William Stueck, Bachelor of Arts
  • Danielle Helen Sussingham, Bachelor of Arts
  • Dana A. Ticehurst, Bachelor of Science
  • Shikha Nilesh Vyas, Bachelor of Science
  • Elysse Jane Yulo, Bachelor of Arts

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

Ken May 07, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Congrats to our former 2008 BHS grads that are now 2012 UCONN grads.
Steven DeVaux May 07, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Let the loan payments begin!

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