The Bryant campus may be unusually quiet for this time of year, but the sense of community that plays such an important role in a Bulldog education is stronger than ever.
Like so many students around the world, Bryant’s senior class has had to adjust to virtual classrooms, remote learning, and the realization that their final weeks as college students were not going to be what they pictured.
Bryant’s Science and Technology faculty, led by Kirsten Hokeness, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor, and Stephanie Mott, Lecturer, wanted to do something to celebrate their students’ accomplishments and let them know the entire Bryant community is in their corner.
Together, Hokeness and Mott assembled Bryant care packages and mailed them to every senior Biology and Environmental Science student. Professors Qin Leng, Ph.D. and Christopher Reid, Ph.D. joined Hokeness and Mott in providing items to fill the packages, including face masks, inspirational quotes, and chocolates from Seacoast Sweets, a RI-based company. The Alumni Engagement office also supported the effort by contributing Bryant memorabilia for the students. With these care packages, faculty aimed to remind the seniors that, despite the distance, the students were never far from their professor’s thoughts.
"As you forge forward, I hope you all believe in yourself as much as I and the rest of the science faculty, believe in you."
Notes of encouragement
Also included in each care package was a letter written by Professor Hokeness, on behalf of the department. “As you forge forward, I hope you all believe in yourself as much as I and the rest of the science faculty, believe in you,” the letter reads. “We are eternally proud of you all and we cannot wait to see what you do with your life, the greatness that you achieve and know we will be watching all the good things you will do to make this world a better place.”
Celebrating senior success
The last piece included in the care package was a formal invitation to celebrate together. On May 16, the Department of Science and Technology will host a virtual celebration for seniors, where they will recognize each student.
On August 29, the University will hold its 157th Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremony at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.