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38 Seniors Graduate with University Honors in 2017-18

Posted 05/21/2018
Submitted by Don Jones
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
UHON Seniors at the May 2018 Luncheon

UHON Seniors at the May 2018 Luncheon

A total of 38 seniors graduated with University Honors in 2017-18. These students completed 18 credits of honors coursework and a senior project or an honors thesis. Many of the honors seniors presented at several scholarly gatherings, including the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in Providence, RI and the Undergraduate Colloquium on campus.

Several of these high-achieving students are ready to begin their careers:

Ryan Beauregard (CETA) - a geo-technical engineer at Hadley and Aldrich

Jarrett Lagler (CETA) - an acoustics engineer at Apple

Thienly Nguyen (CETA) - an engineer at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

Megan Pare (ENHP) - a respiratory therapist at Maine Medical Center

Michaela Phonkhoumphon (BAR) a business admin. at Fitzgerald & Halliday

Alexandra Saharek (BAR) - at Cigna in its Leadership Development Program

And others have plans for graduate study: 

Garrett Brown (ENHP) - Ph.D. in Physical Therapy at U Hartford

Jessica Floyd (A&S) - M.A. in journalism at Northwestern U

Seana Jean (A&S) – M.A. in applied psychology at NYU

Wesaam Lepak (CETA) - M.A. in engineering at Purdue U

Chelsey Tinson (A&S) - Ph.D. in chemistry at UConn

See below for the complete list of the University Honors graduates in 2017-18:


Kendra Brown, Psychology*

Yonina Bykov, Biology/Respiratory Care*

Sarah Claxton, Biology/Pre-Med*

Hannah Cohen, English Literature*

Sean Connelly, Criminal Justice

Jessica Floyd, Politics & Government*

Seana Jean, Psychology

James Moore, Politics & Government*

Briana Rutland, Chemistry

Imani Shelton, Politics & Government

Chelsey Tinson, Chemistry*

John White, Cinema*

Ronald RJ Larussa, Cinema* (Dec. 17)

Tashia Sowell, Politics & Government (Dec. 17)

* UHON with Thesis


Kathleen Barry, Marketing

Michaela Phonkoumphon, Marketing

Alexandra Saharek, Marketing

Iayah Shawli, Insurance/Finance


Ryan Beauregard, Civil Engineering

Jon Chester, Engineering

Jarrett Lagler, Mechnical Engineering w/Acoustics

Wesaam Lepak, Mechnical Engineering w/Acoustics

Thienly Nguyen, Biomedical Engineering


Garrett Brown, Physical Therapy

Megan Pare, Respiratory Therapy

Elizabath Ragozzino, Radiologic Technology

Joshua Breighner, Rehabilitation Sciences P&O (Dec. 17)


Anna Ambrogi, Flute Performance

Riley Blaakman, Vocal Performance

Olivia Ciaffaglione, Musical Theater

Sophia DeLeo, Musical Theater

Rachel Lloyd-Taylor, Vocal Performance

Sara Norton, Musical Theater

Anna Russell, Musical Theater

Sara Schwab, Musical Theater

Dominique Waite, BFA Actor Training

Anna Koogler, Musical Theater (Dec. 17)


Ying Ye, Painting

UHON Seniors at the May 2018 Luncheon

UHON Seniors at the May 2018 Luncheon