Academy Celebrates Class of 2020

On September 3rd, exactly one year from when the Gloucester Biotechnology Class of 2020 first gathered to begin their journeys in science, they met again under a tent on Gloucester Harbor to graduate. The evening kicked off with a firing of the cannon from the incoming Schooner Ardelle, setting the tone for the evening.

Dr. John Doyle, GMGI’s Education Director, opened the much-anticipated, socially-distanced ceremony, which had been delayed by state-mandated COVID-19 event restrictions. Maritime Gloucester graciously offered the beautiful waterfront location to make the event possible for a class that had overcome many obstacles, including lab shutdowns and internship transfers.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Christine Coticchia, Principal Scientist from Sherlock Biosciences, spoke about the incredible resilience, persistence and curiosity of the Class of 2020. She encouraged them to continue to put themselves in places where they can continue to achieve, contribute and be their unique selves.

Student speakers included class valedictorian, Julianna Devitt, who is joining Synlogic full-time, as well as Colby Butland, winner of the 2020 Zhu-Millman Scholar award, and who will be working at Dana-Farber. Diplomas were awarded by teachers Dr. Liz Wing and Rebecca Barnard. The ringing of the nautical bell atop the maritime museum concluded the festivities, marking the beginning of exciting futures for the Academy Class of 2020.