10 JCU Alumni Wish Congratulations to the Class of 2020


This week, we’re celebrating the expected graduates of John Cabot University‘s Class of 2020. While the commencement ceremony had to be postponed due to Covid-19, that didn’t stop the entire JCU community from honoring the graduating gladiators’ accomplishments! This year, 215 students from 41 countries are graduating and will receive their B.A. degree, along with five students who will receive their M.A. degree in Art History.

We reached out to a few of our JCU Alumni and asked them to share some words of encouragement for the Class of 2020. Here’s what they had to say.

Laila Petrone, Class of 2001: “Congratulations, Class of 2020! Remember to always be truthful to yourself and follow your heart. The Alumni Association is here to support you in this new journey.”

Tariro Mzezewa, Class of 2014: “Congrats, Class of 2020! Enjoy these special final moments in Rome and go off into the world knowing that you are ready to take on anything!”

Ksenia Kurileva, Class of 2014: “Congratulations to the JCU Class of 2020! You’re entering a very new world – one filled with lots of opportunities to solve global challenges – and we’re excited to see you shape the future. Good luck and keep in touch!”

Samantha Abear, Class of 2016: “Congratulations, Class of 2020! You did it, you made it, the day is finally here. The years you spent at JCU will forever shape who you are and where you go. The end of your senior year being different than expected is just proof of your strength and endurance – may you carry this forward fiercely!”

Axel Keicher, Class of 2017: “Congratulations class of 2020. Victor Hugo once wrote, ‘Perseverance, secret of all triumphs’ – remember this as you start a new adventure.”

Kaya Zabriskie-Martelloni, Class of 2017: “I know this isn’t the senior year you had imagined, but know that the entire JCU community is celebrating this incredible accomplishment with you. This JCU experience will continue to shape you for the future as you head out into the world. Wishing you health, happiness, and success!”

Federica Bocco, Class of 2018: “Congratulations, Class of 2020! It’s been such a privilege and an honor to see you grow. We couldn’t be prouder of the progress you’ve brought about despite everything. Your resilience inspires me beyond words. We are so proud to welcome you to the Alumni family and we hope you stay in touch!”

Francesco Collacciani, Class of 2018: “Take with you everything you’ve learned at JCU and use this knowledge to chase your dreams. Live the life you’ve always dreamed of. Auguri Class of 2020!”

Nick Ciniglio, Class of 2019: “Congratulations, Class of 2020! You guys went through a lot this last semester but you came out on top. Ad Majora!”

Gabriele Zaccheo, Class of 2019: “To the Class of 2020, congratulations on all of your success. Don’t forget to take this time to celebrate yourselves and all of your achievements. Ad majora!”

See President Franco Pavoncello’s address to the Class of 2020.

Watch the video tribute from JCU Faculty and Staff.

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