Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

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Associate Professor Richard Watts giving the Commencement Address
French & Italian Studies Faculty and Staff toasting to the Class of 2021
Professors Richard Watts, Lorenzo Giachetti, and Beatrice Arduini

The Department of French & Italian Studies would like to congratulate our graduating seniors! The class of 2021 has shown true dedication and perseverance to finish their bachelors degrees in a very challenging time. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the families of the graduates for their support and patience during this year.

To celebrate our graduates, FIS held a virtual graduation ceremony on Friday, Jun 11th, which we recorded live in Denny Hall on campus and broadcast over Zoom to our graduates and their families and friends. Professor Beatrice Arduini gave the Welcome address and then read out the names of graduates in the ceremonial slideshow processional. Students and faculty shared video messages, and Professor Richard Watts gave a fascinating commencement address, which explored the origins of commencement addresses and reflected on stories and shared experiences of students and faculty during the Pandemic. To cap it off Lorenzo Giachetti joined by the family members and friends on Zoom gave a toast to the graduates. 

Congratulations Class of 2021!