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Lauren Marchese Graduates With Psych BA

And Lauren Parilla helping Lebanon Valley College's production of "Chess."

Hillsborough student Lauren Marchese was among more than 1,080 students from Roger Williams University to receive their degree during the University's Commencement ceremony held on May 18.

Marchese received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

On a day that boasted bright sunshine and an abundantly agreeable 68 degrees on the thermometer along the bayside campus in Bristol, R.I., approximately 6,000 people turned out under the big tent to watch graduates cross the stage. The ceremony was highlighted by a Commencement address from author and historian John M. Barry.

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Lebanon Valley College senior Jenna Parrilla, of Hillsborough, is participating in Wig and Buckle Theater Company's fall production of "Chess" the musical.

Parrilla, Vocal Director, is a music and music education major.

In this high-energy rock opera, music, theatricality, and dance are used to convey a war of passion between an arrogant American chess champion and his ambitious Russian opponent as they compete in the game and for the attention of a clever, cosmopolitan woman who captivates them both. From Italy to Thailand, the players become lovers, politicians, and spies as they struggle to get the upper hand both on and off the chess board while highlighting the U.S.-Soviet rivalry during the Cold War.


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