Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino, Alumnus of the Year, Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke, and Service Above Self Award recipient, Raymond J. Martino, president and CEO of Simonds International, will be among the speakers during the college’s 51st commencement on Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m.  in the Fitness & Wellness Center. MWCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society is conducting its 13th annual Project Graduation and will be collecting donations of nonperishable food prior to the ceremony for distribution to local food pantries.

Evening of Excellence

May 4, 2016

The academic achievements of MWCC students will be celebrated Thursday, May 12 during the annual Evening of Excellence. The event will take place at the DoubleTree in Leominster and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and an awards ceremony. Students will be honored with merit and scholarship awards during this special ceremony.

MWCC’s 43rd annual Nurse Pinning Ceremony will take place Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. Students will be welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a fellow nurse, a family member, a friend, an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member.

MWCC’s Dental Programs Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the South Cafe of the Gardner campus. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting program will be recognized.

The Tea Time Speaker Series continues Monday, April 25 with a panel discussion, “Understanding the LGBTQA Community,” in the North Café. The event begins at 12:15 with refreshments, followed by an hour-long discussion between a panel of community leaders, students and staff who will discuss their struggles and the importance of building a strong support system for the LGBTQA community within society and the education system.

The forum is sponsored by the Diversity Consortium at MWCC, Gateway to College and the SAGA Club (Sexual and Gender Alliance) student club at MWCC.

Earth Day 2016

April 20, 2016

Come Celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 21 featuring music, sunflower seedlings to bring home, The Green Society club raffle and items for sale, displays, vendors, giveaways and more. The event begins takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the south cafeteria. Sponsored by Student Life office, Green Society and CATS (Campus Activities Team for Students).

The Mount Players will present the one-act comedy, Check, Please by Jonathan Rand for two performances on Tuesday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The free show will take place in the North Cafeteria.

Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother’s bridge partner, or a mime. Check, Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse – until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

The running time for the show is 30 minutes – bring your lunch and enjoy the show!

Directed by MWCC alumna and Theatre at the Mount Performer Paige Crane, the cast includes MWCC students Alana Jones, Harrison Brand, Rachel Woodman, Megan Bernard, Kevin Figueroa, Austin Stacy, Holland Crane, Sarah Grady, John Gilbert and Kyle Dargis.

Job Fair 2016

March 16, 2016

MWCC’s Career Planning and Placement office will host Job Fair 2016 on Wednesday, March 30 at the Gardner Campus, south cafeteria. The event will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for MWCC students, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the general public.

Job seekers are advised to bring copies of their resumes and dress for success. More than 40 companies and organizations will be on campus to provide attendees with an opportunity to explore career opportunities in a diverse range of fields.

Participating organizations include ARC of Opportunity, Athol Savings Bank, Barton Associates, Bemis Worldwide, Cumulus Media, the Fitchburg Police Department, GAAMHA, GFA Federal Credit Union, Great Wolf, Home Depot, LUK, Mass Life Sciences, Masy Bioservices, Nouria Energy, Perkins School, Remedy Staffing, Seven Hills, the Bridge and the Worcester County District Attorney’s office.

For more information, contact Patricia Brewerton, coordinator of career planning and placement, at


The next Tea Time Speaker Series event, Immigration and the Undocumented Student, will take place Monday, March 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the North Cafe.

MWCC Trustee and alumna Joana Dos Santos, executive director of the United Neighbors of Fitchburg/Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, is the featured presenter. A native of Uruguay, Dos Santos earned an associate degree in business administration from MWCC and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in applied communications from Fitchburg State University. She serves on the Fitchburg Human Rights Commission and the New England Regional Funding Panel for the nonprofit organization Haymarket People’s Fund.

Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Sharmese Gunn at



The MWCC Humanities Project continues with “Girls and Their Ghost Stories: Feminism, Philosophy, and Frankenstein” with MWCC Faculty/Staff Dan Soucy and Shelley Nicholson. The presentation will take place March 24 at the Athol Public Library.