Nicholas Bagley
Nicholas Bagley

Townsend student is St. Bernard's valedictorian

Nicholas Bagley graduated from St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School in Fitchburg as class Valedictorian on Friday, May 25. He will attend Northeastern University, College of Engineering.

Lowell Catholic graduates

Lowell Catholic's Class of 2018 graduated on May 24.

Local graduates include: Alexandra O'Connor, Groton; Jillian Thompson, Groton; Parker Fisher, Ayer

Harvey Mudd graduate

Bryce McLaughlin of Groton graduated from Harvey Mudd College on May 13. McLaughlin received a bachelor of science degree with a major in mathematics, graduating with high distinction and departmental honors in mathematics. McLaughlin attended Groton-Dunstable Regional High School.

Clemson University graduate

Meaghan Aimee Turcotte of Pepperell graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition .

Turcotte was among nearly 3,700 students who received degrees at ceremonies May 10 and 11, 2018, in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Local WPI graduates

On Saturday, May 12, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle, over 1,000 bachelor's degrees were awarded during the university's 150th commencement ceremony.

Rose Gougian of Pepperell, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

Kevin Guth of Pepperell, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in mathematical sciences.


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Colleen O'Shea of Harvard, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry.

Elizabeth Rooney of Harvard, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering with high distinction.

Emma Sheils of Shirley, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering with distinction

Megan Chrobak of Groton, was awarded a doctor of philosophy degree in biomedical engineering.

Richard Hughson of Groton, was awarded a master of business administration degree.

Karl Sundberg of Townsend, was awarded a master of science degree in manufacturing engineering.

Ayer resident is Apprentice of the Year

On May 10, more than 50 apprentices graduated from a rigorous program offered by the Finishing Trades Institute of New England. These skilled apprentices received their diplomas at the ceremony surrounded by friends, family, and their brothers and sisters in the union trades.

Five apprentices received special recognition as "Apprentices of the Year" for their exemplary dedication to learn, train, and support fellow students.

Apprentice of the Year Peter Drohan of Ayer said, "It's a really big accomplishment. I know I'll have a huge career ahead of me because of this training that's behind me."

The FTI-NE apprenticeship program, which is more than 50-years old, graduates exceptional apprentices to the painting and allied trades every year, making IUPAT DC35 the standard of excellence in the industry. The program encompasses training for commercial and industrial painters, drywall finishers, glaziers, architectural metal workers and sign and display workers.