52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony
May 26, 2016
896 graduates from 101 towns in Connecticut and other states, along with families and other guests, MCC staff and faculty celebrated success at Manchester Community College’s 52nd annual commencement ceremony held on Thursday, May 26, at the Bicentennial Band Shell. Alison Salamatian, of Manchester, the Class of 2016 valedictorian, who was homeschooled until she enrolled in MCC, told her fellow graduates in her address: “It doesn’t matter if you go to a two year college or a four year university or whether you are homeschooled or not. What matters is whether your teachers care about teaching but more importantly whether you care about your learning. We are here today as proof that two-year community colleges and homeschooling can and do produce smart, productive, hard-working members of society.” Manhattan-based author Amanda Filipacchi delivered the Commencement Address. As an author who has faced more than her share of rejection, she told the graduates not to be afraid of it. “Most successful people, in any profession, do encounter setbacks, disappointments, rejections, and failures throughout their careers, not even just in the beginning” she said. “Successful people work through failure, they try again, and are able to maintain enough optimism and motivation to keep building, keep improving, keep progressing.” A total of 936 awards were bestowed, with 39 grads receiving more than one degree and/or certificate. The oldest member of the Class of 2016 is 69 and the youngest is 18.