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Student Speakers, Singer Selected for August Commencement

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From left: Zack Benesh, Jenna Arsenault, and Julian Mancini are among those who will have prominent roles during August Commencement

Zack Benesh (Applied Sciences), Jenna Arsenault (Civil Engineering), and Julian Mancini (Computer Science) selected for summer ceremonies

Students Jenah Arsenault, Julian Mancini, and Zack Benesh will have standout roles during Wentworth Institute of Technology’s upcoming commencement ceremonies on August 20. 

Arsenault, Civil Engineering, will sing the National Anthem for both ceremonies, while Mancini, Computer Science, and Benesh, Applied Sciences, will serve as the morning and afternoon student speakers, respectfully. 

Mancini has had an interest in computers his entire life. He has worked on campus with Tech Spot-spot and spent both of his co-ops at Harvard University. He is an aspiring software engineer. 

“I am incredibly honored,” Mancini wrote in a statement on LinkedIn.  “I am extraordinarily grateful to be able to give back to the school that has given me so much over the past four years.” 

Benesh will be among the first graduating class of Applied Sciences majors. He has been an active member of the Wentworth community through his work as a tutor and supplemental instructor for mathematics and physics, and more recently, through his work as a student ambassador for the dean of sciences and humanities.  

Benesh was an active member of the Colleges of the Fenway Chorus and has already accepted an offer from his co-op for a full-time position, where he will work to further the development of explosives detectors for airline security applications. He plans to pursue a chemistry PhD in using machine learning and computer simulations to predict properties of new sustainable materials. 

A native of Berlin, N.H., Arsenault has been involved with Wentworth’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE, and worked as an Admissions Ambassador, since her first year. This year, she served as the vice president of ASCE and the Conference Chair of SWE. 

Post graduation, Arsenault is moving to Colorado to work as a transportation engineer at Stolfus & Associates. 

Summer Commencement will be held during a morning session Aug. 20 at 9:00 a.m. for students in the School of Computing and Data Science and the School of Management. A 2:30 p.m. ceremony will take place for students in the School of Architecture and Design, School of Engineering, and the School of Sciences and Humanities. Both ceremonies will be held on Wentworth’s campus in the West Lot.