Celebrating our 2022 Graduates

From their outstanding academic and co-curricular achievements during their time at RWU to their post-Roger plans, RWU is very proud to celebrate our 2022 graduates. In these stories, hear how an RWU education has shaped their futures.

By Melanie Thibeault
Students graduating at Commencement 2022
From Research in the Bay to Studying Endangered Turtles

Morgan Tunnell

Marine Biology major and Aquarium Science minor Morgan Tunnell ’22 will apply her research experience at RWU in her new role as a part-time technician for the Department of Herpetology at the University of Illinois. Tunnell will be researching Blanding's turtles, which are a semi-aquatic species that’s mostly extinct except for the Great Lakes region, and will conduct population studies.

Headed to Cornell Law, Student Athlete and Social Justice Leader Credits Success to Political Science Dept.

Dalton Sousa

Dalton Sousa ’22, a Political Science major and Philosophy minor who transferred to RWU his junior year, is headed to Cornell Law School in Ithaca, N.Y., this fall. As a way to give back to his community, Sousa hopes to become a public defender after law school, he said.

Travel, Internship Propel Criminal Justice Major’s Career Path

Kayla Natalo

After graduation, Kayla Natalo ’22, a Criminal Justice major who minored in Political Science and Anthropology+Sociology, will continue her studies at RWU in the Criminal Justice 4+1 master’s program. Natalo said a master’s degree would give her a step up in her future career, which she hopes will be working on the administrative side of corrections, perhaps in mental health counseling.

Forensic Science Research Prepares Grad for Toxicology Job

Brigid Woods

After graduation, Forensic Science major and Psychology minor Brigid Woods ’22 will use the experience she gained in the lab at RWU in her new job as a toxicology medical laboratory assistant for Quest Diagnostics in Marlboro, Mass. In this position, she’ll be sampling and processing drug tests for different companies.

Criminal Justice Program Helped Clarify Student Leader’s Career Direction

Christian Thomas

Criminal Justice major and Psychology minor Christian Thomas ’22 will be at RWU another year in the Criminal Justice 4+1 master’s program. During his time as an undergrad, Thomas has hosted a radio show on campus called Uptown Vibes, worked at the Intercultural Center, served as a Barbershop Club executive board member, and served as the Student Senate vice chair for the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council.

Cybersecurity Program Helped Honors Student Land Competitive Position in U.S. Army

Kasey Litchford

Honors student Kasey Litchford ’22, a Cybersecurity major with three minors in Computer Science, Military Science, and Digital Forensics, will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s cyber branch this fall. A member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Litchford will work as a systems administrator for Raytheon BBN Technologies in Newport, R.I., until he begins his career with the Army.

Student Leader: RWU's Interdisciplinary Engineering Program Prepared Her for Aerospace and Defense Tech Job

Daniella Giannotti

Electrical Engineering major and Honors student Daniella Giannotti ’22 will apply the hands-on research experiences she’s had at RWU to her position as an integration and test engineer at L3Harris Technologies in North Amityville, N.Y. Giannotti will be working on space and airborne systems, testing technology and chips for the aerospace and defense technology company.

Architecture Grad to Pursue Master’s in Sustainable Design

Alanna Ryan

Alanna Ryan '22, an Architecture major with minors in Sustainability and Spanish studies, will pursue her master’s in sustainable design at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia this fall. Building on her hands-on, interdisciplinary undergraduate work at RWU, she wants to focus her career on planning and urban design, she said.

RWU Employee Builds Leadership Skills Through UC’s Business Management Program

Sonia Pontes

Sonia Pontes, who works as a payroll and accounts payable supervisor at RWU, received a B.S. in business management through University College and plans to pursue her master’s in Leadership at RWU.

Years Later, Navy Veteran Enrolls in UC to Finish RWU Degree

Kelvin Purvis

Kelvin Purvis started a bachelor’s degree program at RWU’s Bristol campus in the late 1990s and left before finishing due to military and family obligations. This spring, Purvis received a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from University College and plans to pursue a graduate degree in Educational Psychology.

Engineering a Path Toward a Career in Renewable Energy

Hannah Darling

Hannah Darling ’22, an Engineering major with an Environmental Specialization, will be joining UMass Amherst’s Mechanical Engineering (Wind Power Engineering) Ph.D. program in the fall as both an ELEVATE and Sisson fellow.

Finance Program, Career Center Help Grad Land Job at Big Four Accounting Firm

Michelle Desiata

Michelle Desiata ’22, a Finance and Marketing double major, will be working at Ernst & Young in Boston, Mass., one of the big four accounting firms in the U.S.

JD/MS Program Inspires Student's Passion for Coastal Policy

Brianna Jordan

Brianna Jordan JD ’21 M ’22, who took part in the Juris Doctor/Master of Science of Historic Preservation dual degree program, will be sitting for the Massachusetts Bar Exam in July and is applying to jobs in the legal field.

Architecture Program Prepares Student Leader for Job as Architectural Designer

Grayson Scanlon

Grayson Scanlon ’22, an Architecture major and Computer Science minor, will work as a junior architectural designer and drafter at A4 Architecture in Newport, R.I.

Building Connections at RWU Leads Construction Management Grad to Success

Kyle Mozdzierz

Kyle Mozdzierz ’22, a Construction Management major and Sustainability minor, will be employed as a Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Building Information Modeling (BIM) design engineer at Dimeo Construction Company in Providence, R.I.

JD/MBA Graduate To Pursue Corporate and Finance Law Degree in Scotland

Amanda Kirkland

Amanda Kirkland JD/MBA ’22 will sit for the New York State Bar Exam in July, then pursue a master’s of law in corporate and finance law at the University of Glasgow in Scotland in September.

Passionate About Interdisciplinary Science, Student Researcher Credits RWU with her Job and Future

Hannah Sterling

Honors student Hannah Sterling ’22, a Marine Biology and Chemistry double major and math minor, will draw from her extensive research experience at RWU in her new position as a research technician at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. In the lab, Sterling will assist with a project analyzing algae in marine environments.

Initially Undecided, Double Major Says MBA is Next

Julia McGettigan

Marketing and History double major Julia McGettigan ’22 will pursue her MBA at RWU this fall. During graduate school, McGettigan said she hopes to round out her business skills and eventually work for a big agency in brand strategy.