MCC Graduates Largest Class in 46-Year History

Manchester, Conn., - (May 29, 2009)…More than eight hundred degrees were awarded to over seven hundred graduates 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.

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. “If you have one way of looking at the world and are willing to risk making it public, you can bet that other people will be glad to see their own experiences mirrored by yours.”

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.

The complete list of 2009 graduates will be posted on the College's website in mid June.

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Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

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News Item Posted On: May 29, 2009
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