For Immediate Release: 5/12/2011
Legacy Students Keep Family Tradition Alive
Providence, R.I.--Providence College is a higher education tradition for many families, and members of the Class of 2011 are no exception. A total of 87 graduates share a PC legacy with one or more family members, including 15 classmates who can boast that both parents are Friars.
The four legacy graduates highlighted here, for example, share their Friar traditions with 22 family members, ranging from the Class of 1930 to the Class of 2013.
For cousins Maura Ladino '11 (Canton, Mass.) and Laura Walsh '11 (Holbrook, Mass.), the tradition began with their grandfather, Robert Doherty '51 (dec.). Maryanne Doherty Knott '76, Maura's mother, and Ellen Doherty Walsh '78, Laura's mother, preceded a number of their siblings in the journey to PC.
"Growing up, my grandfather was the ultimate 'Friar Fanatic,' bringing us to basketball and hockey games. He loved his time here and always had pride that he was a Providence alumnus," said Walsh, a biology major who will be working at Tufts Medical Center as a nurse technician and applying to nurse practitioner programs.
"I also love seeing the friendships and all the memories that my mother and her siblings have with their friends from here," she added, "and that after 30 years, they still keep in touch!"
Maura Ladino '11
Ladino noted that "with any Providence College student, there is a certain pride that comes from saying 'I go to PC,' and with any legacy student, there comes pride in saying 'My parent is a PC alumnus.' I have the added bonus of saying, 'My grandfather graduated from PC' or 'I am a third-generation student.'
"Laura and I both are blessed to have too many alumni relatives to count," continued Ladino, a psychology major who will work in Providence this summer as a research assistant in two laboratories affiliated with Brown University and Butler Hospital.
In the fall, she will attend Columbia University for her master's in psychology in education, with ultimate plans to earn a Ph.D.
(Laura Walsh '11)
For Theodore L. "Ted" DeNicola '11 (North Kingstown, R.I.), the PC legacy reaches back to the Class of 1930 and his grandfather, Anthony DeNicola '30 (dec.). It was then carried on by his father, Theodore J. "Ted" DeNicola '74, (senior major gifts officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement at PC), as well as an aunt, uncles, and cousins.
"I'm excited to carry on the legacy that started in 1930 and will carry on next year as my brother, Jason, enters the Class of 2015," said DeNicola. A marketing major, he will soon begin his postgraduate career as a marketing analyst at GTECH Corporation in Providence.
"I have a lot of childhood memories here--from the basketball games at the Dunk, to visiting my Dad at work on the first floor of Harkins, to Friday nights at Schneider Arena," he said. "While my PC experience changed from those childhood days, the sense of tradition and legacy certainly has not." Ted DeNicola '11
Added DeNicola, "I am sad to leave PC, but I know that my time here does not end at graduation. This past year, I was on the Legacy Committee of the Student Alumni Association and had the privilege of speaking at Legacy Day for prospective students. I told them my story about being a legacy student, but also emphasized how my experience was so much different from my dad's and grandfather's. I plan to pass that message along to my kids, as well."
Also carrying on a rich family legacy is psychology major Therese Burke '11 (Centreville, Va.). She too shares three generations of Friar tradition with her grandfather, Walter J. Burke, Jr., '59; her father, Kevin Burke '83; and siblings Catherine E. Burke '07, John K. Burke '09, and Mary M. Burke '13.
Burke credits her dad with influencing her decision to attend PC.
"His stories about his years here certainly painted an ideal picture for an awesome college career. Having two older siblings going to PC made me want to go even more," added Burke, who will be enjoying a post-graduation gift to Italy before beginning a master's degree program this fall in health promotion management at Marymount University in Virginia.
The sentiments of these and other legacy graduates of the Class of 2011 are perhaps best summed up by Laura Walsh:
"I feel very blessed to have been able to attend PC, as so many of my family members have. Providence has given me the best four years of my life, and I could not imagine going to school anywhere else!
"I know that I will stay connected to PC for the rest of my life, but I will miss it!"
Therese Burke '11