Local Students Celebrated at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., June 17, 2021—Williams College President Maud S. Mandel recognized local graduates from the Class of 2021 at the college’s Senior Celebration, held on Monday, May 31.

This year’s cohort of local Williams graduates are as follows:

Lee, Mass.

Kate DelSignor, daughter of Sarah and James DelSignor, graduated with a major in English.

North Adams, Mass.

Alexandra Bernard, daughter of Tom and Jennifer Bernard, majored in psychology. She participated in the Williams College Accidentals a cappella group and the Williams Wind Ensemble, served as a production manager for Cap & Bells, and worked in the college’s development office.

Hayden Noel Gillooly, daughter of Bonnie Hayden and Christopher Gillooly, majored in geosciences. She graduated cum laude with honors in maritime studies. A Class of 1960 Scholar in the Center for Environmental Studies, she received the Dunbar Student Life Writing Prize, made the dean’s list, and received the David N. Major, Class of 1981, Memorial Prize in Geosciences. She studied at Williams-Mystic, where she was also an admissions ambassador. Additionally, at Williams, she was a teacher’s assistant in the geosciences department, served as senior class co-president and a WOOLF leader. Outside of Williams, she studied in Spain and was a Spanish teaching fellow at Pine Cobble School.

Pittsfield, Mass.

Joseph Bouvier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Farley-Bouvier, majored in chemistry. He graduated cum laude and was a member of Ritmo Latino and the Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus (WRAPS) program. In addition, he was a tutor at the college’s Math and Science Resource Center.

Williamstown, Mass.

Niku Rayna Darafshi, daughter of Maryam Kamangar and Siamak Darafshi, majored in geosciences. She was on the Williams cycling team, served as student chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee, and participated in Ephvotes, a student-led initiative to promote voter registration. With honors in geosciences, she received the Freeman Foote Prize in Geology and was elected to Sigma Xi, a national society honoring and encouraging research in science.

Thomas Kirby, son of Kris and Mary Kirby, majored in mathematics. He graduated cum laude and was elected to the Sigma Xi honors society. He also participated in the Concert Choir, the Badminton Club, the Birding Club, the Nordic Ski Club, Christian Fellowship, and the Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus (WRAPS) program.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s approximately 2,000 undergraduate students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. The college is also home to roughly 100 Master’s students enrolled in its renowned graduate programs in Development Economics and the History of Art (the latter offered in collaboration with the Clark Art Institute). Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.







Published June 17, 2021