NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Thomas J. Deschenes was presented with the President’s Cup Award at Stonehill College’s Commencement Eve Celebration at the Boston Marriott Copley Plaza.

The President’s Cup is the highest honor that the college can bestow upon a student and is a comprehensive award given to the student who has dedicated his/her four years at the college to bettering themselves, their campus, student life and their community.

Fr. Mark Cregan, president of the college, said, “Tom has truly been a gift to the class of 2004 and to Stonehill College, and his departure will surely leave a marked absence. His dedication to his academic work, as well as his service to his fellow students, the church and the community, both on and off campus, has been remarkable. Tom is the best of what we should all aspire to be. It is not that he is kind, but that his kindness knows no bounds. It is not that he is driven, but that his drive is never-ending.”

Deschenes also received three other honors at the Student Life Awards Ceremony held on May 2 at the Martin Auditorium, including the Senior Class Leadership Award, the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award and the Brother Andre Medal for his dedication to service.

In addition, he received the Work-Study Student of the Year Award, which has been renamed in his honor. During his time at Stonehill, he was a dean’s list student. Some of his activities include being a resident assistant, a resident staff adviser, president of Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students, a member and advocate for four local chapters of Habitat of Humanity and head coordinator for the MACK and WACK (Monday and Wednesday Academic Club for Kids) tutoring and mentoring program.

He was a teacher’s assistant, English Society member, coordinator and site captain for the Boston Mayor’s Youth Summit, Diversity on Campus member, Campus Ministry member and Youth Enjoying Success mentor.

Deschenes received his degree in English and secondary education on May 23 at the 53rd annual commencement exercise. He will teach English next year at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Mass. He is the son of Raymond and Mary Deschenes of Lewiston.

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