Patrick Springs resident among Bridgewater College graduates


Shayla N. Martin, of Patrick Springs, was among the more than 400 students to graduate from Bridgewater College on May 4. Martin obtained her bachelor’s degree

R. Mark Laursen, clinical associate professor in Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services as well as director of Athletic Training Services, was among the speakers at the ceremony. He urged the graduates to determine what makes them come alive, and then to pursue that passion.

For the first time, Bridgewater College graduated master’s students, with six graduates earning Master of Science in athletic training degrees from the college.  

Of Saturday’s graduates, 151 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees and 165 earned Bachelor of Science degrees. Seventy-eight graduates will complete studies during the summer. The college’s president, Dr. David W. Bushman, conferred the degrees at the ceremony.

Seventeen members of the class graduated Summa Cum Laude – the top academic honor which requires at least a 3.9 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Thirty graduates earned Magna Cum Laude honors – 3.7 or better average. Cum Laude honors, requiring a 3.4 grade point average, were earned by 61 graduates.