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Outstanding Engineering Students Honored at Commencement

Three engineering majors were among the 13 outstanding students being honored at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13. Caitlin C. Bogdan of Neptune, New Jersey, a mechanical engineering and classics major, and Saranthip Rattanaserikiat (pictured) of Northampton, a civil and environmental engineering major, have been chosen as two of the 11 21st Century Leaders. In addition, Joseph Bliss of Medway, Massachusetts, the student member of the UMass Amherst Foundation Board of Directors and a mechanical engineering major, was recognized as one of the two Jack Welch Scholars.

The 21st Century Leaders award recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary standards of achievement, initiative, and social awareness.

Funded by a gift from the GE Foundation in honor of alumnus Jack Welch, the Welch scholarship rewards academic achievements, social responsibility, and leadership potential and provides full funding for recipients throughout their undergraduate years, including support for summer research and study abroad.