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#Bentley100 Stories

Centennial Celebration


How do you capture 100 years of Bentley history? It’s a story best told by those who lived it.

Take a moment to read some of the stories submitted by Bentley community members from around the globe. And be sure to add your Bentley story (i.e., a personal reflection, memory, experience, etc.) to the collection. Don’t forget to attach an image or link to a video, as well.

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Richard Thompson
Student, Londonderry, NH
Upon graduation, I worked for the United Fruit Company in Central America. Read more
Steven Dufresne
Alumnus/a, Plano, TX
Back in February of 1984, I had no idea that Bentley even existed. I was set on going to my in-state "B" business school in Rhode Island, the "Other B" school not named Babson (Bryant). Read more
Allison Foster
Alumnus/a, Maine
It was freshman orientation and I was in line to pick up my laptop when the guy behind me asked who to make the check payable to. From there we struck up a conversation. Read more
Professor Emeritus Frank Wolpe
Faculty, Waltham, MA
THE UNTOLD STORY ABOUT THE FOUNDING OF BENTLEY UNIVERSITY'S 1974 GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS There is a seminal chapter from Bentley University history, which spotlights one heck of a previously untold story. Read more
Janak Joshi
Alumnus/a, Boston, MA
Why Bentley Taught Me To Disrupt: The 90's were what we in venture capital refer to now as "the glory days". The World Wide Web was going to change lives and we were all going to be flying in cars in our space suits. Read more
June Doucette-Burr
Alumnus/a, Plainville, MA
Many things occurred at Bentley School of accounting and Finance, 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA for those of us who were in the minority at the Evening Division. We were ages 18 to ??? Read more
James Wilson
Alumnus/a, Lexington, MA
Bentley provided me with the knowledge to flourish my family business and create lifelong friendships. Read more
Jackie Emmons
Student, Boxford, MA
When I was in kindergarten I met my best friend. After loads of playdates our moms ended up becoming best friends as well. Because I was her oldest child, my mom always sought for advice from her best friend. Read more
Alumnus/a, VERO BEACH
I was privileged to shake the hand of Harry C. Bentley at my graduation banquet back in 1955. I had a successful career in accounting with an internationally owned engineering firm who were designers of pulp mill machinery for the paper industry. Read more
Frank Elenio
Student, Ridgefield, New Jersey

The truth is I had not heard of Bentley University until the summer before my junior year of high school.

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Caleb Cochran
Friend, Sudbury, Massachusetts

I was a staff member at Bentley for nine years and have many great memories (particularly from lunchtime faculty-staff basketball games), but the reason Bentley will always be so important to me is because it's where I met my wife, Natalie, who st

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Bentley is not just a university, it is a perfect state of grace.
-Paul Grassia '69
Billerica, Massachusetts
Paul Grassia
Alumnus/a, Billerica, Massachusetts


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Elba Valerio
Alumnus/a, Boston, Massachusetts

It is difficult to reflect on just one moment of my Bentley Chapter in my life. From the day I moved into the Tree Dorms, I knew my college experience was going to be life changing.

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Daniel Casey
Alumnus/a, Fairfield, Connecticut

Back in 1979, Bentley College was one of only three colleges that I applied! Hard to believe, I know. I chose Bentley because it was my #1 choice and I wanted to be in a different state, and being close to Boston was going to be a huge plus.

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Amanda Condrin
Student, Dover, Massachusetts

Bentley was one of the first schools I looked at on my college road trip. I knew I wanted to go to college in, or close to, New England, because I have always been a homebody.

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Jess Fonseca
Student, Billerica, Massachusetts

The minute I set foot on campus, I knew I wanted to go to Bentley.

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Daniel Sullivan
Alumnus/a, Dedham, Massachusetts

I entered Bentley in September, 1982 as a transfer student from Massachusetts Bay Community College. Therefore, I only had two years with my classmates, while most Bentley students were there for 4 years and beyond.

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Brooke Jameson
Student, Bedford, Massachusetts

Growing up as the younger of 2 children, my parents joked that my sister or I should be falcons one day. As members of the class of '85 alumni, my mom and dad were brought together at this university- which my grandfather and aunt also attended.

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Thomas Hughes
Alumnus/a, Colleyville, Texas

I was looking for a business school in the Boston area, having fallen in love with my Dad's birth town (Marblehead).

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Courtney O'Regan
Student, Athol, Massachusetts

I drove by Bentley while visiting dozens of other colleges with no intentions of it becoming my future home. I never considered studying business until my mom mentioned we take a quick "drive through" campus.

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Holly Fagan
Alumnus/a, Medway, Massachusetts

My life would not be the same today without Bentley. I met incredible lifelong friends as well as my husband at Bentley; so it will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Marcelo Sá
Alumnus/a, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I feel lucky for having experienced Bentley in many different ways. Coming from Brazil, I was "adopted" by my roommate's family and "became" a Sforza, calling Trumbull,Conn. home on Easters and Thanksgivings.

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Victor Suski
Alumnus/a, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Started Video Game LAN Center after college. Started premier College Esports league and work with many partners across the country to promote and expand Esports culture and tournaments not only in the Boston area, but also throughout the USA

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