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Carolyn McCaffrey '96

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Before graduating from high school, I wasn’t sure if attending college was the right path for me. However, my parents encouraged me to apply to Bay Path, where my sister was attending college at the time. So, I applied and was accepted. At the time, my only intention was to stay for two years, until I earned an associate degree. I later discovered I had made the right choice and ultimately decided to stay at Bay Path until I earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration.

I absolutely enjoyed my experience at Bay Path! Although I commuted, I was active in the Bay Path community. I participated in Future Business Leaders of America, attended plays and other events. I excelled in my courses, and upon graduating, received the Salutatorian award. More importantly, I met many new people and cherished friends.

Bay Path was the beginning of my path to success. I began working in a law firm while attending college and was encouraged to apply to law school. Upon graduating from Bay Path, I attended Western New England School of Law, where I ultimately obtained my Juris Doctor degree. After admission to the Massachusetts and Connecticut bar, I was employed as an associate at a local law firm, however, later chose to form my own law firm in Enfield, my hometown. The knowledge I obtained at Bay Path gave me the confidence to organize and operate a small business.

In 2017 I returned to Bay Path as an adjunct professor, teaching a Legal Research and Writing Course. Educating Bay Path students is truly rewarding. I look forward to each class. The students are so eager to learn.

In November 2018, I was elected Judge of Probate in the North Central Connecticut Probate Court. The district consists of the towns of Enfield, Somers, Stafford, and Union. The Court hears matters regarding decedent’s estates, guardianships, adoptions, and conservatorships. To run an effective Court, a Judge of Probate must have a strong business background. Once again, I can only thank Bay Path for the knowledge I acquired in the business administration program, which was invaluable when organizing my law firm, and now when operating an efficient Court.

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