RIT honors its outstanding adult students
Annual event celebrates ‘balancing acts’ of adult learners
May 6, 2013
by Vienna McGrain
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RIT students Rachel Garofolo, Corrine Palermo and Glenna Colaprete have received the Outstanding Adult Student award. The award recognizes adult students and their achievements in successfully combining full-time college study with other adult responsibilities of family, career and community service.
Rachel Garofolo will graduate this month with a bachelor’s degree from RIT’s physician assistant program. While balancing a full-time caseload, including clinical rotations necessary for graduation, Garofolo earned a 3.67 GPA and welcomed a child in January 2011.
Corinne Palermo is working toward her bachelor’s degree in urban and community studies while working full-time as a closing specialist for the city of Rochester’s Bureau of Business and Housing Development and caring for her family. She has achieved a 3.42 GPA and is considering applying to law school or earning an MBA.
Glenna Colaprete, a graduate student in RIT’s professional studies program, began her coursework in 2006 and has earned a 3.92 GPA. She has also received an advanced certificate in RIT’s project management program. She balances her time among her community service outreach, taking care of her three children and her full-time job as a principal engineer at Verizon Wireless.