Justine Mitchell ’15 Named Criminology Program’s 2015 Top Graduate

May 19, 2015


In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Justine Mitchell ’15 has earned the Professor Susan Guarino Award as the Stonehill College Criminology Program’s top graduate for 2015.

Mitchell, a criminology and healthcare administration double major from Sunderland, Massachusetts, has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.

“Justine is more than an exemplary scholar,” says Ann Marie Rocheleau, associate professor of criminology. “Criminology faculty members have raved about her professionalism, independence and leadership capabilities both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Mitchell took advantage of many opportunities to involve herself in the academic community at Stonehill. As a senior, she served as the editor-in-chief of PRINTS, the Martin Institute’s criminology and sociology peer-reviewed journal. She also participated in the Developing Fundraising Leaders Institute program at the College’s Center for Nonprofit Management.

She spent part of her junior year in Washington, D.C., interning with the U.S. Marshals Service’s Office of Inspection through a program at the Washington Center. Mitchell’s supervisor applauded her as an exceptional intern who will be an asset to any organization.

Mitchell, whose ultimate goal is to become a special agent for the federal government, was also chosen as a student representative of the Sociology & Criminology Department during the College’s Skyhawk Welcome Day open houses for admitted students.

“Justine has a knack for quietly taking the lead,” adds Rocheleau. “We wholeheartedly agree with her former supervisor at the Marshals Service; Justine can look forward to a bright career.”

Selected Activities and Achievements

  • Inducted into the Edwin Sutherland Honor Society (criminology)
  • Inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society (healthcare administration)
  • Named to the dean’s list four semesters
  • Editor-in-chief of PRINTS, the Martin Institute’s criminology and sociology peer-reviewed journal
  • Interned with the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington, D.C.
  • Participated in the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Developing Fundraising Leaders Institute
  • Member of the Stonehill College varsity equestrian team
  • Member of the Criminology Club
  • Member of the Healthcare Society