FSU Senior Brittany Cormier Honored as One of 29 Who Shine

FSU Senior Brittany Cormier Honored as One of 29 Who Shine

May 10, 2017

Senior Studio Art Major Brittany Cormier was honored by Governor Charlie Baker and state legislators during the annual 29 Who Shine Ceremony on May 5th at the Massachusetts State House.

“We congratulate the honorees recognized today for their academic accomplishments and look forward to their continued contributions to the Commonwealth,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “The ‘29 Who Shine’ awards are an important recognition of the impressive work Massachusetts’ college students do to make the Commonwealth’s workforce the best in the country.”

Cormier is an exemplary student who maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program at Framingham State. Her concentration is in graphic design and she is interested in using her skills to bring about positive social change.

“Designing for social change is more than just visual problem solving,” Cormier wrote in her Honors Thesis. “It gives designers the ability to bring awareness to causes that may have otherwise gone unnoticed and been overlooked.”

With help from her faculty mentor Stephanie Grey, Cormier connected with Framingham Public Schools during the Fall 2016 semester and developed a comprehensive marketing and communications plan for their after-school programs. She worked creatively with public school students and staff, brainstorming with them on concepts and group sketching of logos and identity visuals. The final project has been fully implemented by Framingham Public Schools.

“Brittany is the type of student who could excel at almost anything,” says President F. Javier Cevallos. “That she has chosen to use her considerable talent and skills to bring about positive social change, says a lot about what an outstanding person she is.

Cormier already has a jumpstart on her career performing freelance graphic design work for a number of clients. In the future, she plans to open her own graphic design firm with a focus on using her marketing and advertising skills to create greater access to educational opportunities in the Commonwealth.

“Brittany has made good on Massachusetts taxpayers’ investment in her education,” said Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Every year the 29 Who Shine remind us that our public college and university graduates represent the future of the Commonwealth. They are here to learn, here to stay, and it is incredibly inspiring to see how each honoree is contributing to our common good.”

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.