Student Achievement

Checking Back with the Class of 2020

Anthony Proia, Director of Media Relations

During the spring of 2020, Marist College students and faculty finished the semester virtually due to the pandemic. Marist invited those students back for full Commencement activities this spring. We’re taking the opportunity to reconnect with some of the Class of ’20 two years after their graduation.

image of Spencer Hogan (left) and Emily Klein (right)
Spencer Hogan (left) and Emily Klein (right)

Spencer Hogan

Spencer served in a variety of leadership capacities at Marist, including as executive vice president of the Student Government Association, President of the Business Club, and as a resident assistant. In his junior year, Spencer was an intern in the White House Office of the Senior Advisor for Strategy. He was awarded the Bienstock Family Internship at the Hudson River Valley Institute, and had an article published in their academic journal. In 2020, he was a recipient of the Alumni Leadership Award, as well as the Award for Excellence in Economics. Spencer now works as a management consultant at Clarasys, a global business consultancy, and recently stepped into the role of President of the Washington/Baltimore Chapter of the Marist Alumni Association.

Emily Klein

Emily was a medical technology major with minors in biology and psychology at Marist. She was a member of the Honors Program and the National Society of Leadership and Success and was active in Campus Ministry. While studying abroad in Florence, she volunteered in a first grade classroom teaching English. She presented at the Marist Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity in the Spring 2018. Emily is currently a clinical medical technologist in molecular at Northwell Health.

image of Julia Luff (left) and Kathleen Monahan (right)
Julia Luff (left) and Kathleen Monahan (right)

Julia Luff

Julia majored in Fashion Design with minors in Product Development and Merchandising at Marist. She also played for Marist's Women's Lacrosse team and had the opportunity to study abroad in Paris. During her undergraduate years, she spent her summers working in New York City in fashion design. She graduated from Marist Summa Cum Laude and receiving the Award of Excellence in Fashion Design. Since leaving Marist, she has earned an MFA in Fibers from Savannah College of Art and Design, where she also played on the Women's Lacrosse team, leading the team to finish third overall in the NAIA National Championship. This summer, Julia will be working as a Fabric Concept Designer for Free People in Philadelphia.

Kathleen Monahan

Kathleen graduated from Marist with a degree in digital media with a minor in photography, all while working professionally in law enforcement. While an undergraduate at Marist, she exhibited artwork locally in group shows at Roost Gallery in New Paltz and at Art Juxtapose in Rosendale. Kathleen has worked in law enforcement since 2007 and was recently promoted to Crime Scene Detective for the Town of Wallkill Police in Orange County.

This is a series featuring Marist graduates of the Class of 2020, who have been invited back to campus to celebrate Commencement on Saturday, May 28.

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