29 Who Shine awards presented to Massachusetts college students

Award recipients came from each of the state's 29 public colleges and universities

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BOSTON (WWLP) – The state honored dozens of college graduates in a State House ceremony Monday. The 29 Who Shine awards ceremony takes place every year during commencement season, to honor outstanding graduates from each of the state’s 29 public colleges and universities.

Governor Charlie Baker presented each of the 29 graduates with an award Monday.

The Department of Higher Education launched the awards in 2011 to highlight the best and brightest students coming out of state colleges and universities. The honorees had to meet several requirements, from showing exceptional leadership skills to continuing their studies or work in Massachusetts.

Chicopee’s Alex Nally was honored for his leadership on LGBTQ issues at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

“I put a lot of work, sweat, and tears into my education at MassArt, but also it’s really good, because I feel like the state doesn’t necessarily recognize the talent that comes out of western Mass,” Nally said.

Nally hopes to pursue a law degree at Northeastern University this fall. He hopes to use his knowledge to strengthen LGBTQ services in the Pioneer Valley.

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