Michael Savaria: Graduate Student Commencement Speaker

To receive a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy studies, his fourth degree from UMass Dartmouth.

UMassD Commencement student speaker Michael Savaria.

Michael Savaria is receiving a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy studies today, his fourth degree earned from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has previously earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies in 2015, a master’s degree in marine biology in 2013, and a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2010.

Michael’s research has focused on creating equal educational opportunities for all individuals, identifying pedagogical methods and administrative policies to increase the recruitment and retention of women and other groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) college majors.

On campus, Michael has held positions as the Vice President of the Graduate Student Senate, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Veterans Upward Bound Instructor, Graduate Tutor at the Writing and Reading Center, and as an International Student Orientation Leader.  Michael has presented at 16 research conferences, been the primary author of two peer-reviewed journal articles, and was recently named the recipient of the UMass Dartmouth Young Alumni Award.

Michael resides in Westport, Massachusetts and plans to move full-time into academia to continue his research and work to advance greater student engagement and advocacy.


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