MCC Celebrates 45th Annual Commencement Ceremony
More than eight hundred degrees were awarded at Manchester Community College’s 45th annual commencement ceremony held on Thursday, May 28. Graduates from 77 towns across Connecticut and eight other states were awarded associate in science degrees, associate in art degrees and certificates. The youngest graduate was 19 years old and the oldest was 69.
Sean E. Labbe, of Glastonbury, was the 2009 valedictorian, earning an associate in science degree in computer science. The salutatorian was Carol H. Oliveri, of Hebron. Oliveri was awarded an associate in science degree in general studies.
This was the first commencement ceremony for President Gena Glickman.
Dr. Glickman told the class of 2009 they have “earned an award that signifies…educational and intellectual accomplishments.”
(Read Glickman’s full remarks)
Dr. Regina Barreca, author and professor of English literature and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut, delivered the keynote address and received the honorary degree of associate in humane letters, honoris causa. Dr. Barreca charged the 2009 graduates to take risks and speak out. “I encourage you to speak up, not necessarily to make trouble but to make yourself heard,” stated Barreca.
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Several awards were presented during the ceremony. The Regional Advisory Council’s Community Service Award was presented to MCC student Marcia Lee Perugini, of Tolland, for her service to the College. Perugini maintained a 4.0 GPA and was an active participant in numerous campus and community events.
Kimberly Massa, of Newington, was the recipient of the President’s Student Award. This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated unusual perseverance in spite of difficulties, obstacles or challenges.