Local Students Earn Williams College Degrees

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., June 8, 2014—Williams College President Adam F. Falk today conferred Bachelor of Arts degrees on 16 local graduates at the college’s 225th Commencement.


Megan Jane Bantle  

Daughter of Carrie Garivaltis of Adams and Kevin Bantle of Tolland, Conn.

Cum Laude. Majored in English. Was editor-in-chief of The Williams Record and performed in the Frosh Revue. Won the Henry Rutgers Conger Memorial Literary Prize.


Josephine E.V. McDonald

Daughter of Vincent McDonald and Dorothy French

Majored in English and French. Was a member of the Williams College Accidentals, Cap & Bells, Immediate Theatre, and Clarinet Choir.

Rahul Sangar 

Son of Anup and Ritu Sangar

Majored in biology with honors and psychology. Was a member of the South Asian Student Association, Chinese American Student Association, Asian American Students in Action, Biology Majors Advisory Committee, Minority Coalition, and Anime Club.

North Adams:

Kaitlyn Carrigan

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. McCarron

Majored in history. Served as senior class president and president of All College Entertainment.


Caitlin F. Bird 

Daughter of Laurence and Kelly Bird

Cum Laude. Majored in psychology. Served as co-captain of the Anime Club and was a social member of the Equestrian Team.

Jamie Lynn Dickhaus

Daughter of Charles and Brenda Dickhaus

Majored in biology with honors. Served as a science tutor and an America Reads/America Counts tutor at Williamstown Elementary School. Conducted summer research in Hopkins Memorial Forest. Worked at Tropical Raze in Pittsfield and at Price Chopper in Lenox.

Bradford G. Koenitzer

Son of Ms. Jane Koenitzer Siegars

Majored in political economy. Was a member of the sailing team and the Purple Bull Investment Club.

Caroline A. Sinico

Daughter of Anthony Sinico, Jr., and the late Kathleen Sinico

Majored in music. Won the William W. Kleinhandler Prize for Excellence in Music. Participated in the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Classical Voice, Opus Zero Band, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, WilliamsTheatre, Midweek Music, and intramural sports. Sang the National Anthem at home football, basketball, and baseball games and at the 2011 NCAA Division III men’s basketball final in Salem, Va.

Kassandra Violet Spiller

Daughter of Richard Spiller of Windsor and Mary Anne Pellegrini of Pittsfield; stepdaughter of Angelo Pellegrini

Magna Cum Laude. Majored in chemistry with honors. Was elected to the science honorary society Sigma Xi. Participated in the freshman orientation program.


Jesse Richard Sardell

Son of Dr. Aaron Sardell and Dr. Deborah August

Majored in biology. Participated in theatre, fencing, and spoken word, and was a WCFM radio DJ.


Dylan Dethier

Son of Ms. Nancy Nylen and Mr. David Dethier

Majored in English. Was varsity golf team captain. Served as a Junior Advisor and as a member of College Council and of the Student Athlete Advisory Council. Interned as a sports information assistant and wrote for The Williams Record.

John Taylor Foehl

Son of Brooks and Alison Foehl

Majored in political science. Played varsity squash.

Patrick Magnus Neset Joslin 

Son of Monica and Allen Joslin

Majored in biology with honors. Was a member of the Nordic ski team and of the pre-medical society.

Nicholas S. Kraus

Son of Dana Kraus of Lakeville, Conn., and Robert Kraus of Williamstown

Majored in political science.

Sato Matsui 

Daughter of Susan Matsui

Majored in music with highest honors. Won the Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowship in Music. Was a violinist with the Berkshire Symphony, a chamber musician, a conductor of the Student Symphony, and co-coordinator if I/O Fest.

Gregory W. Payton      

Son of Cindy Nikitas of Williamstown and Mark Payton of Sarasota, Fla.

Majored in psychology. Was a member of the varsity football and basketball teams.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 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. 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 6, 2014