Robert Francis Burke of Adams, son of Robert J. Burke of Adams and Candida M. Rufo of Berkshire, graduated from Springfield College in May with a 3.9 grade point average. Burke received a master's degree in education. He majored in psychology with a concentration in school counseling and certifications in both school guidance and school adjustment counseling.

Burke also graduated from Springfield College in May 2014 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a minor in education.

Beginning in August, he will be employed as a guidance counselor by Baystate Academy Charter High School in Springfield.

Burke was a member of the Springfield College men's basketball team from 2011 to 2014 and co-captain in 2014, a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference selection in 2014, and participated in the NCAA Division 3 tournament in 2013 and 2014. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

He graduated from Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire in 2010.