Four employees receiving degrees during Commencement ceremonies

Pictured: Kevin McDonald, assistant director of the Center for Student Development, who received an M.A. in holistic counseling in 2016

Four Salve Regina employees will receive degrees during this week’s Commencement exercises, bringing a whole new meaning to the term “work-study.” They will be awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields ranging from innovation and strategic management to psychology.

Stacey Carter, business outreach liaison, will receive her master’s degree in innovation and strategic management. Carter pursued the degree in order to expand the potential of the Center for Business Outreach and hopes to eventually teach courses at Salve Regina.

She thanked her daughter, Aliya, who is currently pursuing her own graduate degree. “She kept me going,” Carter said. “My colleagues in the Department of Business Studies and Economics were very supportive as well. I wasn’t sure what it would be like working alongside my professors, but it worked out nicely. They were very cool about it.”

Jeffrey Peiczarka, media support assistant, will receive his bachelor’s degree in psychology. “I enjoyed learning concepts and ideas that I could see manifest themselves in my day-to-day life,” he said. “I hope to achieve a life of learning about what inspires me and that which I’m deeply passionate about.”

He thanked his family – both biological and his brothers on the men’s rugby team – along with his girlfriend Haylee for supporting him over the past four years.

In addition to Carter and Peiczarka, Emily Barkan, office coordinator in the Office of Student Activities, will receive her MBA and Michael Marshall, network administrator in the Office of Information Technology, will receive his M.S. in administration of justice and homeland security with a concentration in cybersecurity and intelligence.

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