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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’.” 

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      Dean College Homecoming: for Alumni and Families, October 19-20, 2018


      Join us on October 19-20, 2018 for Homecoming: for Alumni and Families!

      Join us on Friday, October 19th for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here

      On Saturday, October 20th, Dean College will host Homecoming: for Alumni and Families! Our schedule is full of activities— Campus Tours, Residence Hall Open House, Game Day Cookout during the Football and Soccer Games, Alumni Night at Teddy Gallagher's Pub and the Dean Showcase. There will be plenty to do for kids and adults alike! 

      Click here to learn more and view the full schedule!

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      Dean College Presents: Arts Mosaic, October 19-20, 2018


      Enjoy an evening of student works!

      The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Arts Mosaic, Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20, 2018.  

      Enjoy an eclectic evening of select student works integrating dance, theatre, song, film and more as we celebrate the diversity of the arts on the Dean College campus.

      The Dean College production of Arts Mosaic will take place in the Guidrey Center in the Campus Center at Dean College, 109 West Central Street, Franklin at 8:00 p.m. both nights. General admission is $22, Seniors $12 and Children $7.

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      Dean College Presents: Scapino!, October 25-28, 2018


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      The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Scapino! beginning Thursday, October 25 through Sunday, October 28, 2018.  

      Inspired by the French playwright Molière’s original 1671 play, Les Fourberies de Scapin, Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale have heightened Molière’s comedy with slapstick and burlesque, resulting in a story of the most engaging nonsense. Set in contemporary Naples, Italy, two sons, two daughters, and two fathers find themselves mixed up in the crafty Scapino’s plot to solve romantic problems faced by two of his friends. A fast-talking, quick-thinking scamp, Scapino cleverly manipulates and cajoles everyone into doing what he intends them to do.     

      The Dean College production of Scapino! will take place in the Main Stage in the Campus Center at Dean College, 109 West Central Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $22, Seniors $12 and Children $7.

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      Dean College Ranks Among the Top Best Regional Colleges


      Dean College ranks 23rd in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report for Best Regional Colleges, North category.

      Dean College, a private, residential college located in Franklin, Massachusetts, has been ranked 23nd in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report for the Best Regional Colleges, North category. Additionally, Dean placed 12th in this category for Best Value Schools.  

      This is the eighth consecutive year that Dean College has received the Best College honor and 3rd consecutive year for Best Value.

      “We are thrilled to be recognized by U.S. News and our peer institutions once again this year,” said Dr. Paula M. Rooney, Dean College President. “It signals the overall strength of Dean’s academic experience and the emphasis we place on student success.”

      U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform, publisher of news and information. The U.S. News ranking system for the Best Regional Colleges rests on two pillars. The formula uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it is based on research of what matters in education, including: graduation rate performance, academic reputation, and financial selectivity among others. 

      This year’s ranking is a testament to The Dean Difference – the hands-on and engaging faculty & staff, strong academic support, valuable internships, and real-life workforce preparation that Dean College provides. 

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      Dean College 22nd Annual President's Cup Golf Tournament


      22nd Annual President's Cup Golf Tournament

      The 22nd Annual President's Cup Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the beautiful Franklin Country Club just miles from campus. 

      Congratulations to this year's winning foursome: David Cranford, Rick MacDonald, Todd MacDonald and PJ MacDonald. 

      Throughout the past 21 years, the Dean College President’s Cup Golf Tournament has had a profound and positive effect on the education of Dean College students. Support from our players and sponsors has helped us raise more than $1,500,000 for the Dean College Scholarship Fund. By sponsoring or playing in this event, you could help deserving students attend Dean College.

      Visit to learn more and to register!

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