2015 Student Commencement Speakers

200X300Sapna Jawid Piracha, MBA ’15

Charlton College of Business

Sapna Jawid Piracha’s experience at UMass Dartmouth embodies a true spirit of passion and hard work. Sapna, originally from Pakistan, earned her undergraduate degree in Robotics and Automation Engineering from Air University Islamabad.

Soon after, she became Pakistan’s only female to sit on a panel of design engineers for the construction of the Gandhara International Airport, which upon completion will be one of the world’s largest airports.

Sapna has earned her MBA degree with special interests in big data and supply chain management. She is currently in the process of publishing her first paper on Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence.

Sapna is very passionate about traveling the world, mountain climbing and exploring nature. She is planning an expedition to climb Mount Everest in 2017. Her ultimate goal is to raise the literacy rate of Pakistan by empowering women and youth.

200X300Tejendra Patel ’15

College of Engineering

Tejendra Patel’s unyielding positive spirit has allowed him to excel inside and outside the classroom.

Tejendra, from New Bedford, Massachusetts, is a Computer Engineering major with a minor in Mathematics who put his education to work throughout his time at UMass Dartmouth.

During his freshman and sophomore year, he interned at software design and development company Nextdrift Technologies as a full stack web developer. The Commonwealth Scholar was also a member of the Indian Student Association his sophomore year, helping organize the annual Diwali celebration on campus.

In his junior and senior years he continued on the experiential learning track with a co-op at EMC and an internship at Akamai Technologies as a user experience engineer. After completing his summer internship at Akamai Technologies, Tejendra accepted their offer of a full-time position as an interaction engineer.

200X300Heather Fatcheric ’15

College of Arts and Sciences

Heather Fatcheric has been a shining star during her time at UMass Dartmouth — academically as a History major, and in numerous student leadership roles. Recently she served as one of only two Orientation Coordinators.

Heather, from Princeton, Massachusetts, completed her bachelor’s degree requirements in January, including an Honors Thesis with Professor Robin Robinson of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at UMass Dartmouth. Heather was a member of the women’s field hockey team, an Iota Delta Nu sorority sister, a Peer Tutor at the Writing and Reading Center, an Orientation Leader, and a Greek Coordinator. She plans to teach History in the Massachusetts Public School System.

Heather was recognized on May 14 at the Massachusetts State House as one of “29 Who Shine” — an elite group of students representing the Commonwealth’s 29 public colleges and universities who have excelled in academic and civic pursuits.

200X300Brittany L. Raposa, JD ’15

UMass School of Law • Dartmouth

Brittany Raposa is a local student from Somerset, Massachusetts. Brittany earned a BA in Literature and a BA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2012.

At the law school, Brittany served as the Student Bar Association Secretary and as the Executive Notes Editor on the University of Massachusetts Law Review. She was also an instructional assistant and a Dean’s Fellow tutor.

Brittany has had three notes published while in law school, all of them focusing on health law and healthcare policy, areas in which she hopes to practice. For one of the notes she won the American Bar Association’s Health Law Student Writing Competition.

Finalists' speeches

In addition to the four wonderful speeches at our 2015 Commencement ceremonies, there were other finalists who submitted inspiring speeches. Find out what they shared about their UMass Darmouth experiences. Finalists' speeches