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      John Rooke Named Director of The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College


      Dean College, a private, residential college located in Franklin, Mass., welcomed John Rooke as director of The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management and Distinguished Executive Faculty in the Schools of Business and the Arts.

      The Center was created by Dean College as an academic partnership with the Kraft Sports Group (KSG). It will provide opportunities for students to gain insight from KSG officials, including executives of the New England Patriots, New England Revolution and Patriot Place.

      "I'm thrilled to be a part of this initiative at Dean College,” said Rooke. “I am looking forward to working with the students to provide new educational experiences through our relationship with the Kraft Sports Group, including the Patriots and the Revolution. The students at Dean will be the real winners here.  It's a chance to learn from professionals in the sports and entertainment industries."

      Rooke is an award-winning broadcaster and a member of the 2011 class for the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame. He has more than 30 years of electronic, print and new media experience in large and small markets as well as at the network level. For the past 26 years, he has served as the play-by-play voice for Providence College basketball. Additionally, he has served as the public address announcer for the New England Patriots for the past 22 seasons. Rooke also serves as a featured columnist for and and has authored a book on the history of radio in Rhode Island entitled "Rhode Island Radio" (Arcadia Publishing, 2012).

      A 1981 journalism graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Rooke has held a position as adjunct professor at Emerson College in Boston. He has been named one of the top sports broadcasting instructors in the country by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Rooke also serves as a commercial voice artist and an auctioneer.

      “We are excited to have John join the Dean College team,” said Dr. Paula M. Rooney, President of Dean College. “Evolving our partnership with the Kraft Sports Group and growing The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management are primary goals for our institution and John will play a significant role in driving these goals.”

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed May 25-28, 2018


      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed May 25-28, 2018

      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed May 25-28, 2018

      Dean College administrative offices will be closed Friday through Monday, May 25-28, 2018 for Memorial Day Weekend.

      Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
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      Dean College Summer Pre-College Programs, July – August, 2018


      Dean College Summer Pre-College Programs, July – August, 2018

      This summer, enjoy an amazing experience at Dean College while earning college credit! Choose from our selection of science and sports-based two-week pre-college programs with amazing, one-of-a-kind opportunities. Overnight and day-only options available.

      Summer Pre-College Programs:

      Sport Management                   July 9, 2018 – July 20, 2018

      Sports Broadcasting                July 23, 2018 – August 3, 2018

      Data Science and Analytics     July 23, 2018 – August 3, 2018

      Coding                                      July 9, 2018 – July 20, 2018

      Forensics                                 July 9, 2018 – July 20, 2018

      Summer Program (non-credit course):

      Drones for Beginners    July 23, 2018 – July 27, 2018

      To learn more about our Pre-College Summer Programs and to register, visit

      Information Session

      Attend our Summer Program Information Session on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Campanella Board Room, located within the Dean College Campus Center. During this session, you will hear from each instructor of the programs and can understand more about the application process. We will also review offsite activities, dorm rooms, dining hall schedule, what to pack and more.

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      Dean College New Student Orientation 2018


      Dean College New Student Orientation 2018

      NSO is required for all incoming students for fall 2018. The program is designed to prepare you for a successful introduction to college and will allow students and their families to sample many aspects of Dean College. All students must register to attend one NSO session.
      NSO offers helpful and interactive presentations to make the transition to college as easy as possible. The required program will familiarize you and your family with the academic support, expectations within our community, residence life programs available on campus and more. You will also have a chance to meet our faculty and staff, connect with other Dean students, and make new friends!

      *Visitors should park in the Dean Hall Lot. If you are using a GPS, enter the address: 75 Emmons Street, Franklin, MA 02038

      Visit to learn more and register.
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      Dean College Holds 152nd Commencement, May 5, 2018


      Dean College held its 152nd Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Close to 350 students received their degrees.

      Dean College held its 152nd Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Dean College campus in Franklin, MA. Close to 350 students received their degrees, with many family and friends in attendance. Continuing with tradition, the 2018 Commencement ceremony was held outside along Awpie Way, considered by many as the most beautiful and iconic part of campus. 

      The keynote address was provided by Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney, who spoke to students about a large issue today – trust. She urged students to “Trust in your deepest self. Shun the impulse to devalue your own self-faith.” She added, “I urge you to accept the role of change – and chance – in your life ahead, trusting in yourself to embrace them with confidence gained at Dean.” 

      Dr. Rooney referenced the 50th Society, reminding students to reflect on their alma mater as a place that makes a difference. “I hope that when you gather back here in 2068 and put on your golden cap and gown that you will relate that timeless trust to members of the class of 2068.”

      Additional remarks were provided by Mark D. Boyce, Chairman of the Dean College Board of Trustees, along with graduating student, Nabeel Barqawi.

      Quoting pop culture, Mr. Boyce, left the graduates with a few thoughts to ponder. “Never give up on your dreams” and like the movie The Greatest Showman, “become the greatest at what you choose.” He urged graduates to give back to the world like Mr. Rogers did. And to “Gather your own facts, make up own mind, and write your own story.” Finally, he advised the graduates not to be afraid to fail.

      A Business Management major with a minor in Psychology, student speaker Nabeel Barqawi was born and raised in Kuwait. He began his speech by describing his admiration for his two older brothers, who both earned class rings. To Nabeel, these rings symbolized the hard work and effort that was put into their education. He too had hopes to earn a class ring, but was unsure of his academic future. 

      “Arriving at Dean was the turning point of my life.” As Nabeel prepared this speech, his ring arrived. 

      “This ring was once a block of metal that served as the foundation for its creation. Just like Dean served as the foundation from which our paths would be carved.”

      Nabeel credited many members of the Dean Community and described his experience with The Dean Difference as “acknowledging our strengths and pushing us out of our comfort zones, enabling us to pursue our dreams and follow our passions.” 

      Nabeel reminded his classmates to “enjoy the adventures ahead by going on this journey armed with enthusiasm and curiosity. In times of struggle, find something that reminds you of how far you have come. For me, this ring serves as a reminder to never tell myself ‘I can’t’.” 

      For more information, visit 


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      Watch Live: Dean College Commencement, May 5, 2018


      Watch Live: Dean College Commencement, May 5, 2018

      Watch Dean College's 152nd Commencement via live stream.

      Dean College's 152nd Commencement exercises will be available to view via live video stream!

      Commencement will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 on campus. Procession begins promptly at 10:45 a.m.

      A live stream for commencement will be available the day of at 10:45 AM. You can find the live stream link here

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