Commencement

Eden Shaveet graduated from MWCC’s Gateway to College program recently; receiving her high school and Associate’s degrees. Photo Courtesy Sentinel Enterprise)

On Friday, May 19 Eden Shaveet graduated with her high school degree and Associate’s degree after thinking just a few years earlier that she would never return to school.

Shaveet left traditional school at the age of 14 and never thought she was going to get her high school diploma let alone her Associate’s degree that she earned through the program. Shaveet reclaimed her education at the Gateways program and exceed all expectations, achieving recognition on the President’s List for maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout her entire college career and becoming an integral part of campus life as a Student Leader in Civic Engagement. She will be attending Elms College in the fall to pursue her baccalaureate degree.

During her speech, Shaveet highlighted the need for continued support for programs like Gateway to College:

“Hi. My name is Eden Shaveet. I’m 19 years old. I’m a Gateway student, I work at the college, and I love what I do.
That’s how I usually introduce myself to people. But today I thought I would introduce myself in a way I haven’t yet done before.

So Hi. My name is Eden Shaveet. I’m 19 years old. And I have attended 9 different schools throughout my lifetime. By the age of 12, I had been subjected daily to verbal and physical harassment by my peers to the point that I no longer wanted to attend school. At 13 I was shoved into a locker. At 14 I left school. By 15 I was purchasing and using substances I acquired from people in parking lots. At 16, I had adopted self-harm as my only means to cope. And at 17 I had lost all hope in myself.

Not as happy as the first intro, right?

But that’s the reality. And it’s a similar reality to those experienced by a lot of people, many of whom you may have never expected it from. And that makes us uncomfortable, right? So we don’t talk about it. And that creates a silence that often goes unacknowledged.

But it’s from that discomfort and from that silence that we are able to recognize the flaws in our perceptions that ultimately lead to the flaws in what we consider to be normal, appropriate, fair, and acceptable in our society.

Given my background as a former dropout and my current work in local public schools, I consider myself to be an advocate for education. And through this work, drawing from both personal experience and observation, something has made itself glaringly evident: As it currently stands, the education system in this country as a whole, inherently places certain populations of students at a significant disadvantage.

Eden Shaveet listens to her story being told by MWCC’s Commencement Speaker Attorney General Maura Healey at the college’s Commencement.

Populations such as students from low-income households, students who are first generation, students who dropped out or are at risk of dropping out, students who are disengaged from their communities, students who are bullied – all of these students are being underserved by a system intended to educate them equally and fairly, and it is the job of programs like Gateway to College, Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Gear Up to even the playing field and provide opportunity to these students that may not have been granted to them otherwise. Yet there are still people who believe that these programs lack meaning and value. There are still people who refuse to see any purpose in providing support to students in this capacity. In my everyday life, I have encountered people who have challenged me to defend the significance of the programs I have been a part of and worked for, with no intent to listen, and every intent to refute. Someone once even challenged me to defend Gateway to College as an alternative route to education, because they believed that as a student, I should have just been able to “stick it out” in my previous circumstances and to stop seeking assistance that wasn’t necessary. Well from a student’s perspective, I can tell you with the utmost amount of certainty that in the absence of such outreach programs I would not be where I am today and the fact that we have to fight to keep these programs functioning in our schools and communities is absurd.

According to a recent Gateway to College National Network study, the average GPA of students before they entered the Gateway program was a 1.62 on a 4.0 scale. By the end of their first term in the Gateway program, 83% of these same students earned a higher GPA than they had earned in high school, with over an entire grade-point improvement.

It is by unfortunate design that students of particular circumstances slip through the cracks in our education system, but it is contrary to such designs that programs like Gateway to College catch us before we fall, despite the barriers put in our way.

It’s no secret that barriers to opportunity emerge very early in life and that these barriers are highly indicative of a person’s likelihood to attain future success. Sometimes these barriers emerge in early childhood and sometimes they emerge even before a person exists, like a circumstance they were born into that they had no control over such as a lack of resources in an area they grew up in, that other areas or school systems did have access to. In our culture of desiring the “American Dream,” we’ve adopted this idea that if you want something badly enough, you can just work as hard as everyone else, and get it, right? But here’s the unpopular reality: Sometimes wanting it isn’t enough. Some people will never attain their aspirations due to the sheer fact that they lacked the support systems and opportunities that other people had readily available to them. The work of programs like Gateway to College and other outreach initiatives provide the resources we might not have otherwise received, and we are better off for it. We have to invest in our kids, invest in education, and support programs like Gateway to College, and so long as I’m around, so help me God, there will always be an advocate.

I’m eternally grateful to Gateway to College, and to Mount Wachusett for being a platform to offer this program to students like me who had nowhere else to turn. Thank you for opening your doors to me two years ago when any other school would have slammed them in my face.

I’m thankful for everyone who works in the division of Access and Transition, but especially to my resource specialist Sharmese Gunn for being my second mom whether I liked it or not.

Eden Shaveet stands with MWCC’s 2017 Commencement speaker Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey following commencement.

Because of you I am finally a high school graduate, a college graduate with my associate’s degree, and an accepted student on her way to a four year degree and beyond – a feat that could not have happened in the absence of these programs. None of this would have been possible without the tireless and often thankless work you have all dedicated your lives to. Thank you for giving me a chance, for seeing something in me that I couldn’t see in myself, for always encouraging me to embrace my story rather than hide it, and to always question “the norm.”
If there is anything I have taken away from all of you, it is this sentiment that I will now pass on to any student in the audience who is unhappy with where they are in school, or feels like they’re seen as nothing more than a number: Do not be afraid to be the only voice willing to question common practice. Because in many cases, the practices we have accepted as common and “the norm” are in fact the obstacles they claim to be averting. Do not be afraid to stand up, even if you are standing alone. You are more than what this system has predetermined you to be. Take that, and run with it.

And run with this:

In a system where over 1 million students will drop out of high school next year, where over 3.2 million students will be the victim of bullying while in school, where 1 out of every 4 students will exhibit the symptoms of mental illness as the result of chronic stress, and where 32% of traditional high school graduates in 2011 chose to not pursue higher education, but 73% of Gateway to College graduates did, allow my story, and the story of every Gateway to College graduate in this theater, across this State, throughout this country, past, present, and future be a testament to the idea that maybe, the problem is not with the student.

Thank you all so much, and congratulations to the class of 2017.”

Members of Mount Wachusett Community College’s associate degree nursing class of 2017 celebrate after taking the nursing pledge following their pinning ceremony at the Fitness and Wellness Center at MWCC.

Family and friends from as near as Gardner and as far away as Kenya came to celebrate the achievements of Mount Wachusett Community College’s associate degree nursing class during a traditional pinning ceremony held May 18 in the Fitness & Wellness center.

The 44th graduating class was comprised of 102 students enrolled in the day and evening programs and included LPNs who returned to continue their education through the college’s Bridge to Nursing program.

Dressed in traditional nurse uniforms, the students were welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a family member, friend, or an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member. The pin marks where the nurses completed their studies and distinguishes them from other health care professionals. The eight-star MWCC pin is imprinted with the words “Service to Humanity and the World.”

As part of the ceremony, the students also took a nursing pledge that dates back to Florence Nightingale, who distinguished herself during the Crimean War by coming to the aid of sick and wounded soldiers.

The graduates were:

Ashburnham

Cassandra Benes

Lisa St John

 

Athol

Aurora Erali

Jessi Kuehl

Sarah Rattet

 

Auburn

Shawn Bello

Megan York

 

Ayer

Andrea Inostroza

Heather Sinofsky

 

Baldwinville

Tiffany Barsamian

Kayla Boutell

 

Brookfield

Sara Gallant

Meghan Robidoux

 

Cherry Valley

Stacy Riel-Rigiero

 

Clinton

Colleen Hannen

Erin O’Connell

 

Dracut

Shelmith Karimi

David Mungai

 

Dudley

Stacy Stackrow

 

Fitchburg

Nanam Adwubi

Allesandra Hollenkamp

Ashley McKinnon

Sharon Nabulime

Deanna Rossi

Amy Shattuck

Stefan Sicard

 

Framingham

Simone de Souza

Hanna Gyamfi

 

Gardner

Kristin Anderson

Benjamin Blake

Megan Casteel

Ashley Comley

Cynthia Cormier

Elizabeth Crete

Britnii Dyer

Acacia Fisher

Shannon Kelley

Charles Njaaga

Julia Pitre

Lani Scanlan

Kristina Snay

Amy Tervo

 

Grafton

Megan McNeil

 

Greenfield, NH

Andrea Langley

 

Groton

Stephanie Casey

 

Holden

Carolyn Felicio

 

Jaffrey, NH

Amanda Boucher

Rebecca Myott

Paula Whitcomb

 

Keene, NH

Ryan Firmin

 

Leominster

Samantha Berry

Elizabeth Brown

Lisa Doherty

Anna Gamaya

Felicia Harwood

Jocelyn Klein

Julie LeClair

Maysha Peckham

Veronica Valladares

 

Lowell

Beth Mwangi

Mamawa Sannoh

 

Lunenburg

Szerena Moyen-vonRosenvinge

Jodi Peternel

Valerie Poladian

Mija Waluck

 

Marlborough

Brenda Warren

 

New Ipswich, NH

Clayton Kuusisto

 

North Brookfield

Mindy Gendron

Keri-Ann Harvey

 

Oakham

Elizabeth Mahoney

 

Orange

Lisa Korpiewski

 

Pepperell

Rachel Pinney

 

Petersham

Ryan Lawrence

 

Princeton

Christopher Martin

 

Richmond, NH

Margaret Laplume

 

Rindge, NH

Manzall Mitchell-Dwyer

Bridget Murphy

 

Royalston

Ashley Sawyer

 

Russell

Sherry Whitman

 

Rutland

Courtney Champlin

Katelyn Kane

Sabrina Pettigrew

 

Shrewsbury

Katie Cooper

 

Spencer

Shannon Wolanski

 

Springfield

James Mugwanja

 

Sterling

Valerie Maloney

Amanda Nourse

 

Sutton

Kristina Pelletier

 

Templeton

Katherine Goguen

 

West Groton

Karen D’Agostino

 

Winchendon

Ashley Brunt

Leslie Cosentino

 

Worcester

Aaron Aikins

Monica Boafo

Judith Hunter

Joseph Kum

Lydia London

Eliud Mwangi

John-Mark Njenga

Guerda Pierre

Marta Szczubelek

Shana Tobin

On Wednesday evening, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey addressed 730 students and their well-wishers at Mount Wachusett Community College’s 52nd Commencement.

On Wednesday evening, 730 students were awarded nearly 800 degrees and certificates as they graduated from Mount Wachusett Community College.

The gathered graduates at the College’s 52nd commencement were reminded by Keynote Speaker Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of the hard work that they applied to make it to this day. Healey focused on the graduate’s own stories of perseverance, whether that meant working while going to school, raising a family while getting their degree, postponing their education to serve in the military or pushing themselves to return to school in the first place.

“You rolled up your sleeves. You worked hard and no one can take that away from you. But you also had The Mount at your sides and a school that told you you were not alone in this,” said Healey.

It was this commitment to their own education but also the greater community that drew her to speak at The Mount, she said. Because even though the graduates were working hard in their own lives that did not stop them from giving back to others.

“Despite all the demands on your time you still found time to give back to others and uphold this school’s national reputation for community service,” said Healey who commended the students for giving back nearly 150,000 volunteer hours in the last year. “You are changing lives day in and day out.”

Healey encouraged the graduates to continue giving back whether it is in the workforce or continuing to volunteer at their next school.

“You know your education belongs not just to you but to your community. That is really important,” said Healey. “I know you will find ways to give back to this community.”

In closing, the Attorney General said she could not give a graduation speech without passing along some kind of advice. Her words of advice included “use common sense” and “trust your gut” but Healey focused on the need to connect with others and not pre-judge them.

“It’s so important that we talk to one another… and talk to people that are different from ourselves,” she said.

President James Vander Hooven kicked off his address to students with a selfie.

In his remarks at his first commencement at The Mount, President James Vander Hooven commended the graduates for their accomplishments and reminded them of what they have truly learned during their time at MWCC: strategies. While you may have picked up some facts along the way, he told the graduates, learning strategies is what higher education is truly about. These strategies that served the graduates throughout their education are now the same ones that will be invaluable while facing future life or workplace challenges.

“By being here tonight, you have proven yourselves capable of utilizing tried and true strategies for achieving educational success. Whatever your next steps might be … use the strategies you have learned here to your advantage,” said President Vander Hooven.

Student Speaker Cynthia Doyle talked about her life as a part-time student and full-time employee at MWCC. The college is a huge part of her family, she said, with her mother having graduated from the school 32 years ago and her daughter having just finished her first year at MWCC.

At the age of 46, Doyle is graduating after four years of pushing herself through late nights and classwork on top of her daily challenges. This story of perseverance is not hers alone, however, but belongs to every student in the audience, she said. During her time working in the Student Accounts office, she has seen firsthand the hard work of many members of the graduating class.

“I am extremely proud to have been a resource for you and I am extremely proud to work for a college that will go to great lengths to set students up for success and will continue to provide support for generations to come,” said Doyle. “I have watched us all grow and mature, from the first semester walking through those doors to the strong confident men and women sitting here now.”

But neither the journey nor the struggle is over with this graduation, she said.

“What advice I give you today is to keep going forward, it doesn’t end here. Whatever it is that you want to strive for, whatever goal you want to achieve, it is doable, continue to go and do it. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work there is no limit,” Doyle said.

In addition to the speakers, business leader and community volunteer Wayne Canty received Mount Wachusett Community College’s 2017 Service Above Self Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions within the 29 cities and towns that make up the college’s service area. Canty is highly involved in the region’s business and volunteer community through both his business Heat Trace Products and his activity on numerous boards and commissions.

Canty talked about his beginnings working in a factory from the age of 17 to earn money to go to school. During that time, he went to what was then called a junior college and would now be called a community college.

“I’ve been there where you have been; where you are. At least for a few minutes, I can be the poster boy or poster old man of success coming through the community college system. This one here I would consider to be the Ivy League of community colleges. Congratulations,” Canty told the graduates

State Representative Susannah Whipps was recognized as Mount Wachusett Community College’s 2017 Alumna of the Year. Created in 1989, the award recognizes a Mount Wachusett Community College graduate who has exhibited exceptional career leadership, service to community and commitment to the college. Whipps is a local business owner and has served in government positions since being elected to the Athol Board of Selectman in 2005. Most recently, she was elected as State Rep. in 2015 for the Second Franklin District.

“Learning isn’t a contest or competition. It should be a journey and I’ve had a fabulous journey and the reason I’ve had such a fabulous journey is because of the foundation here at Mount Wachusett Community College,” said Whipps. “I felt a part of something when I was here at Mount Wachusett Community College.”

Jasson Alvarado Gomez was presented with the Trustees Award for his service this year on the MWCC Board of Trustees. The President’s Key Award for academic excellence was presented to Accounting major Cynthia A. Boucher of Ashburnham and Medical Laboratory Technology major Lara E. White of Lunenburg. Michel L Cocuzza of Winchendon was presented with the Dean’s Key, which is awarded to graduates for outstanding service to the college community.

Professor Emeritus status was bestowed posthumously upon Ed Stevens who passed away in April after teaching in the disciplines of physics, mathematics and engineering for over 50 years at MWCC.

Area graduates include:

Massachusetts

 

Arlington

Certificates: Raquel Maurice

 

Ashburnham

Associates: Linda J Anderson, Megan J Barker, Cassandra Leigh Benes, Megan Elizabeth Bernard, Cynthia A Boucher, Cassandra Cardillo, Lynne Galvin, Rebecca L Gardner, Jennifer Marie Guerriero, William Robert Hoeksema, Dylan Robert Mei, Lisa M St John, Rachel Celina Vargeletis

Certificates: Patrick R Brownell, Lynne Galvin, Donna M Slocum

 

Ashby

Associates: Kyna Joan Gilmore, Kimberly M Greig, Aaron B Kenney, Carl William Selmer

Certificates: Victoria Elizabeth Cummings

 

Athol

Associates: Nicholas  Alvarez, Anastasia  Anderholm, Samantha M Arsenault, Zachary  Bergquist, Heather Christine Chadsey, Sarah A Clark, Jessie A Corbett, Simon  Dufresne, Aurora A Erali, Troy Christopher Godin, Jason  Hicks-Greenough, MaRyea  Jennings, Isabelle C Johnson, Jessi H Kuehl, Cassondra L Lavigne, Lindsey  Lee, Sierra  Lopez, Kari  McGivern, Hannah M Pachalis, Sarah B Rattet, Cameron Jon Raymond, Courtney  Roche, Anthony  Rodriguez, William John Sawin, Donna  Songer, Alejita  Velez, Adam  Verock, Mathieu  Woodbury

Certificates: Allison R Aucoin, Danyelle M Bushee, Samantha M Farley, Luis A Rivera, Anthony Rodriguez, Russell P Vescovi, Matthew White

 

Auburn

Associates: Shawn F Bello, Megan Elizabeth York

 

Ayer

Associates: Andrea C Inostroza, Katherine Jordan, Patricia E Kelley, Michael J Murphy, Joseph Santiago, Caitlyn Marie Sherry, Heather E Sinofsky

Certificates: Kelly MacNeil

 

Baldwinville

Associates: Tiffany R Barsamian, Kayla E Boutell, Tara DeWitte, Phylicia K Duguay, Laura Lyman, Caleb Simeon Matson, Alannah Marie McDonald, Kayla D Rameau, Kyle W Salam

Certificates: Samantha E Whalen

 

Barre

Associates: Christina M Ackert, Sean W Craig, Jordan M LaBelle, Matthew R LaPointe, Alexandria Morrissey, Sarah Jane O’Sullivan, Liam J Scanlon, Gabrielle Susan Walker

Certificates: Ann Giaquinto Scott, Jordan M LaBelle, Santo Mammone, Jayne Patrice Proctor

 

Belchertown

Associates: Christine A Brown

 

Berlin

Associates: Graham Bateman

 

Bernardston

Associates: William M Andrews

 

Bolton

Associates: Kayleigh M Cavanaugh, Daniel C Wuorio

Certificates: Peter S Hopkins

 

Boston

Associates: Wei He Yiu

 

Boxborough

Associates: Conner Dempsey

Certificates: Susan M LaForest

 

Brookfield

Associates: Mary K Faugno Wiles, Meghan Janice Robidoux

 

Buzzards Bay

Associates: Joshua T Goliber

Cherry Valley

Associates: Stacy L Riel-Rigiero

 

Clinton

Associates: Megan F Ballenger, Eva Beland, Larry F Ciarletta, Laura Louise Coldwell, Colleen M Hannen, Nicholas Y Hernandez, Brittany A Hutchinson, Jeffrey Jean-Baptiste, Mailoan Nguyen, Erin E O’Connell, Elizabeth D Silva, Jason  Tovar

Certificates: Megan F Ballenger, Megan A Pasquale, Stephanie E Tor

 

Dracut

Associates: Shelmith N. Karimi, David K Mungai, Sheila M Salaverry

Certificates: Alice W Ndungu

 

Dudley

Associates: Stacy M. Stackrow

 

East Templeton

Associates: Lisa J. Delorme, Colleen Janice Moran, Courtney Lynn Wentz

Erving

Certificates: Justine N Pottinger

 

Fitchburg

Associates: Marissa Susan Abell, Nana A Adwubi, Stephanie M Arnold, Mavis NS Barnor, Kayla K Blanchette, Courtney K Bouchard, Emily Morgan Boudreau, Colline D Butler, Shane  Carroll, Carlington C Clarke, Daniel P Clifford, Cassandra E Croft, Aritha  Daniels, Brittany  DuBois, Michael  Erhagbai, Jarelin Gesely Escobar, Christopher William Farmer, Maria Lucia Ferreira, Leah Rose Fletcher, Julie  Fluet, Eugenio Angel Garcia, Eunices  Gonzalez, Elida K Griffin, Leonela A Grullon, Jacqueline Amanda Healy, JoAnna L Heng, Kaylyn  Herold, Kayla J Hickey, Allesandra L Hollenkamp, Joshua L Irfan, Godwill  Karngong, Grace N Kiigi, Vanayda M Knight, Gianna Lucia LaPosta, Patricia J Lillie, Katelyn M Lingus, Nicole M Maldonado, Linda M Martel, Ashley R McKinnon, Yemni T Mendez, Bria R Monette-Harris, John  Moua, Sharon M Nabulime, Alicia  Navarro, Ritchie Alan Nelson, Sevina V Ortiz, Kris J Osgood, Estefanie  Palma, Ashley  Perez, Marymar  Perez Cruz, Nathan A Pierce, April L Quirk, Nataly  Ramos, Brian  Reyes, Faith  Robinett, Eduardo  Rodriguez, Nicolas R Romero, Deanna M Rossi, Megan  Rossi, Rose M Sanchez Pratts, Katherine Judith Sandoval, Samnath  Say, Amy E Shattuck, Stefan M Sicard, Giovani  Soto, Michael  Soto, Augustine J Tetteh-Quarshie, Ashley  Thibault, Skylyn  Torres, Tatiana Vazquez, Crystal A Witz, Staci L Wolski, Fuechee  Yang

 

Certificates: Vilmarie  Alvarado, Meghgan A Beauvais, Tamu L Brobbey, Michael O Bueno, Christofer  Butler, Salvador  De La Cruz, Matthew J DiPasquale, Jamaal R Dockery, Joseph Michael Favini, Nikita Rose Gilbert, Nicole M Mattson, Kimberly Lynn Mertell, Haley R Mullen, Alicia  Navarro, Sevina V Ortiz, Wilfred  Perez, Yarilis  Perez, Charmaine M Radzewicz, Sylvia  Ramirez, Diosmar  Reynoso, Eduardo  Rodriguez, Stephanie A Santangelo, Tonia M Sheridan-Hamblin, Marry K Sivilaythong, Colleen M Suarez, Augustine J Tetteh-Quarshie, Jessica L Theriault, Monica R Wirickx, Fuechee  Yang

 

Framingham

Associates: Hanna Gyamfi, Simone M de Souza

 

Gardner

Associates: Leslie Ann Ackers, Raina  Aiello, Kristin J Anderson, Samantha Mariel Badia, Scott  Batchelder, Benjamin K Blake, Christine C Boisvert, Destiny D Boisvert, Emily A Bradshaw, Taylor M Butler, Chelsea May Caron, Megan E Casteel, Rebekah L Cohen, Ashley Marie Comley, Donald T Connors, Cynthia M Cormier, Elizabeth A Crete, Timothy  Cronin, Harli L Curtis, Rebekkah  Dietz, Wendy A Dobbins, Viclinepon S Duangsay, Brittany A Dufresne, Britnii J Dyer, Acacia A Fisher, Samantha  Gravlin, Jose Manuel Herrera, Erika A Holm, Jessica Noel James, Latisha  Johnson, Nicole Brianna Joseph, Alyssa M Juliano, Shannon M Kelley, Kendyll Marie-William Knight, Lisa K Kowalczyk, Kristina M LaBombard, Samantha JM LeBlanc, Jordan Robert Learmonth, Krista  Lennerton, Anthony C MacKenzie, Douglas  Marroquin, Jessica l McKay, Kaitlyn Marie Mearn, Keith A Melanson, Marguerite Elizabeth Nicholas, Charles M Njaaga, Olivia  Ouellet, Kevin W Oxford, Melissa  Paulhus, Julia R Pitre, Nicholas  Powell, Estephany S Rodriguez, Michael T Sadowski, Lani D Scanlan, Julia N Scott, Tracy J Shackett, LaKeya  Springfield, Jerrika  St John, Deborah-Jean  Strachan, Amy M Tervo, Eva  Tolman-Brown, Laurie  Tucci, Scott  Vieira, Cameron  Walsh, Melissa S Wright

 

Certificates: Kyle J Blanchette, Christopher T Blouin, Tanya Lee Botelho, Jessica L Cahill, Sadiya M Clark, Ramsey E Clayter, Harli L Curtis, Brittany A Dufresne, Curtis Hall, Lisa K Kowalczyk, Grace Kraft, Elizabeth P LaPan, Angella  Nakanwagi, Lee Ann M Orsalock, Janice  Perez, Emma L Phillips, Sarah E Pierce-Legassey, Kari L Quinlan, Deborah-Jean  Strachan, Nathan A Thibault, Scott  Vieira, Kathleen D White

 

Grafton

Associates: Jonathan Cheney, Megan Leigh McNeil

 

Greenfield

Associates: Katherine Newell

Certificates: Katherine Newell

 

Groton

Associates: Stephanie J Casey

Certificates: Courtney N Monaco
Hardwick

Associates: Cody Allen Braese, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Malin

 

Harvard

Associates: Jari Squire

 

Haverhill

Certificates: Jennifer A Koinange

 

Holden

Associates: Michael E Dodd, Shannon E Drohan, Carolyn M Felicio, Faith Kurtz

Certificates: Cheyanne Elizabeth Rigney

 

Hubbardston

Associates: Victoria R Allen, Tyler J Charland, Andrew David Como, Gabrielle Rose Deloge, Alison  Germagian, Jessica A Horgan, Andrew Amorntap Horsung, Stevie  LaBelle, Adam James McHugh, Jana Christin Murphy, Amy L Pasakinskas, Mason William Prentiss, Eden  Shaveet, Jareth D Skelton, Lauren  Stohler, Evan  Tucker, Jasmine  Welch

Certificates: Matthew R Brooks, Sheila Marie DeMalia

 

Hudson

Associates: Lorna Arimboh Tambi

 

Lancaster

Associates: Nicole Boufford, Stanley Louis Choruzek, Sherry Cutler, Matthew Harris, Haley  Isaacs

 

Leicester

Associates: Jessika Lyn Little

 

Leominster

Associates: Donovan A Aboal-Caceres, Samantha  Aviles, Kahlil  Beauregard, Carlotta Y Belle, Samantha L Berry, Brianna C Boulay, Brittney  Brown, Elizabeth A Brown, Guece B Clermont, Karina N Colon, Kimberly P Contreras, Sarah L Costa, Nicholas Robert Crawford, Nellie R D’Albora, Christopher Paul Dagle, Omar  De Jesus, Carrie F DeCosta, Lisa M Doherty, William  Doyon, Samantha L Elliott, Precious E Erving, Mikayla L Esposito, Yolandese  Exceus, Anna John Gamaya, Olivia P Gianakis, Melissa  Gonzalez, Kimberly A Goulston, Galadriel D Hahn, Michael Edward Harris, Felicia D Harwood, Nhat T Hoang, Alana Beth Jones, Dana Raymond Jones, Jennifer E Jones, Lauryn E Kelley, Jocelyn Marley Klein, Julie M LeClair, Rafaela Oliveira Lopes, Taisha  Lopez, Mariaris  Luna, Daniel J Mahoney, Isaac  Michail, Maisa J Moreira, Iddriss  Mutari, Maysha I Peckham, Mark A Ramos, Selena Michelle Ray, Gilbert  Revesai, Felicia  Rice, Maria M Rivera, Kyria M Salgado, Samantha A Seidl, Erika Vanessa Seijo Gonzalez, Isadora  Silva Andrade, Ellen E Smith, Joseph F Sottile, Haley  Szidat, Taylor Lee Thibodeau, Veronica  Valladares, Olga  Vlah, Gemini M Walter, Danielle Elizabeth Waseleski, Jonathan T Wentworth, Kelsi S Whittemore, Letecia Winters

 

Certificates: Alham  Ajez, Marisol  Alejandro Oquendo, Romolo S Cataldo, Allison M Correa, Denny L Cruz, Omar  De Jesus, Alondra  DeLeon Guimaraes, Ingrid J Del Orbe, Kiana I Delgado, Nelida  Figueroa Lopez, Felicia G Freel, Danielle Faye Johns, Donna M King, Jared Steven Kuczwara, Emily Patricia Lemieux, Taisha  Lopez, Mariaris  Luna, Yamara  Martinez, Isaac  Michail, Marcela C Minas, Iddriss  Mutari, Florisa A Ramos, Elaine C Rice, Karla  Rivera, Teresa  Silveira, Yonaly  Tavarez, Tanairi  Valentin, Autumn L Wendel, Molly M Winand

 

Littleton

Associates: Haley Lee Saarinen

 

Lowell

Associates: Vises Horth, Beth Karimi Mwangi, Mamawa Dauretta Sannoh

Certificates: Akua Agyeiwaa Quardson, Stella W Mwangi, Peter W Wangondu

 

Lunenburg

Associates: Anne M Allan, Hayes J Amaral, Christina J Bernatchez, Meredith A Billiter, Anthony Michael Cintron, Jarrod Mark Haas, Nicole D Ignazi, Bonnie E Logan, Szerena J Moyen-vonRosenvinge, Kamerin P Munroe, Jodi L Peternel, Valerie P Poladian, Amber L Rivera, Mija L Waluck, Lara E White

 

Certificates: Carter Robert Filiau, Trystan E McFetridge, Gail Mercier, Adam M Nano, Jillian M Smith

 

Malden

Associates: Taryn K Graybeal

 

Marlborough

Associates: Courtney R Aulden, Christina L Knox, Jose Saquich, Evangelia S Sunberg, Brenda L Warren

Certificates: Paola Andrea Molina

 

Maynard

Associates: Andrea K Lontine

 

Methuen

Associates: Alicia Rose Schiller

 

Millbury

Associates: Eduardo A Freitas

 

New Braintree

Certificates: Caitlin R Stevens

 

New Salem

Associates: Shawnee A Lewis-Phillips

 

North Brookfield

Associates: Keri-Ann J Harvey, Sara R LeBel, Kyleen Roman

 

Oakham

Associates: Elizabeth M Mahoney, Aaron Jeffrey Witkos

 

Orange

Associates: Jennifer M Ballou, Keira Bradshaw, Maris Clement, Matthew Crumbley, Cynthia R Doyle, Benjamin Gilmore, Julia Griffin, Lisa A Korpiewski, Natasha Ledoux, Hillary D Leh, Rachel M Lundgren, Brianna Marsh

Certificates: Cynthia R Doyle, Eliza Graton, Anna M Morin, Gregory Suprise

 

Paxton

Associates: Kayla A Shabo

Certificates: Nga T Le, Valerie Schiller

 

Pepperell

Associates: Julia R Overhiser, Rachel Mae Pinney, Shannyn A Pomeroy, Elizabeth A Sappet, William F Stone

Certificates: William Ronzio

 

Petersham

Associates: Ryan L Lawrence, Rachel K Sexton

 

Phillipston

Associates: Stephanie Jane Girouard, Kathleen Julius, Tyana Kandi Maki, Brooke Pacheco, Hayleigh D Sundstrom

 

Princeton

Associates: Christopher M Martin

 

Royalston

Associates: Kelly E Frazier, Dylan C Hall, Ashley R Sawyer

 

Russell

Associates: Sherry N Whitman

 

Rutland

Associates: Courtney A Champlin, Asher A Crane, Katelyn L Kane, Sabrina A Pettigrew

Certificates: Lisa Lange, Laura Teves

 

Salem

Certificates: Ashley Ann Ferris

 

Sharon

Associates: Robert Hamilton Davenport Pisarchuk

 

Shirley

Associates: Matthew D Callahan, Katelin Griffin, Joseph John Holmes, Timothy F Kelly, Sarah Soto

Certificates: Bert A Dawson, Julie M Henderson

 

Shrewsbury

Associates: Katie E Cooper, Courtney B Hurley

 

Somerville

Certificates: Alfred Pierre-Noel

 

South Lancaster

Associates: Khaien B Donawa

 

Spencer

Associates: Amarilys G Lozada, Elizabeth A O’Mara, Shannon Lynn Wolanski

Certificates: Linda Maher

 

Springfield

Associates: James N Mugwanja

 

Sterling

Associates: Cameron Jewett Alden, Miles Robert Gray, Valerie H Maloney, Amanda L Nourse, Neil Rosinski

Certificates: Sirirath J Chanhsy, Christine Wagner

 

Sutton

Associates: Kristina Nicole Pelletier

 

Templeton

Associates: Lynnea Joy Anderholm, Devin  Bellis, Cynthia J Bettencourt, Jason  Boski, Elizabeth J Conner, Allison  Cormier, Katherine Iris Goguen, Zoe H Hammond, Timothy Shane Hazelton, Daniel R Martin, Benjamin Thomas May, Jacob Ryan Parent, Shaina R Wallace, Eric Wilson, Sarah E Young

Certificates: Holly S D’Angelo, Angelica Mona De Los Rios, Daniel R Martin, Jonathan K Martin

 

Townsend

Associates: Jeffrey A Garafola, Dylan B Jones, Julie E LaFleur, John J Lord, Anna Christine Roberts, Rachel L Sullivan, Tiffany Ann Vincenti

Certificates: Kerri Lynn Burton, Pamela M Corbett, John J Lord

 

Ware

Associates: Leah Downer Trudeau

 

Warwick

Certificates: Deena Marie LeBlanc, Samantha M Peters

 

Webster

Associates: Mackenzie Christensen, Esther Gichuhi

 

West Boylston

Associates: Alex J Gariepy

 

West Brookfield

Associates: Peter Samuel French

 

West Groton

Associates: Karen M D’Agostino

 

West Townsend

Associates: Tyler C Gribi, Emily Seeley, Scot Sullivan

 

Westminster

Associates: Nicholas R Auffrey, Jared James Aveni, Corey P Boucher, Jonathan Chernoch, Kaitlyn A Gagne, Travis J Martin, Joshua S McDermott, Dillon Thomas Morgan, Nicole R

Skinner

Certificates: Jessica N Goguen, Joslyn Emily Winter

 

Winchendon

Associates: Madeline M Allard, Brandon William Beals, Lauren  Bennett, Jonathan P Blodgett, Mariah  Boisvert, Kelsey  Bosselait, Philip  Brady, Samantha  Brooks, Ashley E Brunt, Daniel  Caputi, Jaymisen M Carr, Natalie  Chretien, Cayla M Clinkscale, Michel L Cocuzza, Kristen A Cormier, Leslie A Cosentino, Robert W Courtemanche, Melanie  Cranfill, Marygrace  Daly, Joel T DeVelis, Riley  Elliott, Mark T Gagnon, Stephanie J Goodwin, Bridget  Harrington, Becca  Hill, Lindsay K Laporte, Sarah E Larson, Joseph Daniel LeBlanc, Di  Lin, Ryan Patrick May, Brity T Murphy, Trevor Goodwin Page, Iva  Quinn, Kelsey  Schecker, Kristina D Snay, Gordon Dale Tuttle, Jonathan D Zukowski

 

Certificates: Katherynn R Alden, Cassandra  Anderson, Michel L Cocuzza, Joseph A Duerr, Jana S Egan, Becca  Hill, Jay  Pereira, Yaribeth  Torres

 

Woodville

Certificates: Karen  Putnam

 

Worcester

Associates: Aaron A Aikins, Jasson  Alvarado Gomez, Monica  Boafo, Albert J Encarnacion, Judith I Hunter, Joseph K Kum, Lydia Varesa London, Kevin  Lynch, Eliud M Mwangi, John-Mark M Njenga, Opeyemi Sakiru Odewale, Courtney N Paradise, Nga  Pham, Guerda  Pierre, Marta  Szczubelek, Constance  Tazelaar, Jessica B Tobar, Shana L Tobin

 

Certificates: Akosua O Amoako, Jackline  Dartey, Albert J Encarnacion, Faviola D Flores, Jennifer Marie Gelinas, Buruburu  Kagotho, Jason M Kiragu, Shakesha  Thompson

 

California

 

San Diego

Associates: Erika L Stamas

 

Connecticut

 

Danielson

Associates: Joseph Francis Lecza

 

New Hampshire

 

Fitzwilliam

Associates: Casey R Bedingfield, Julia Josephine Roma McHugh

Certificates: Kenneth F Roy

 

Greenfield

Associates: Andrea M Langley

 

Greenville

Certificates: Brianna M McDougal

 

Hampstead

Associates: Nicole N Reynolds

 

Hooksett

Associates: Jason M Wright

 

Jaffrey

Associates: Amanda B Boucher, Shauna M Chamberlain, Rebekah Chiasson, Rebecca J Myott, Katrina K Ung, Paula D Whitcomb

Certificates: Margaret E Hart-Smith, Kaitlynn Shea

 

Keene

Associates: Ryan J Firmin

 

Nashua

Associates: Richard  Schaufenbil

 

New Ipswich

Associates: Tatsiana  Brovina, Clayton W Kuusisto, Aimee Joy Matson

Certificates: Tatsiana  Brovina, Shannon R Kuusisto

 

Richmond

Associates: Angela M Haynes, Jennifer R Haynes, Margaret M Laplume

 

Rindge

Associates: Andrew Michael Hoenig, Breanna Marie McAvoy, Gregory A McAvoy, Manzall  Mitchell, Bridget Troy Murphy

Certificates: Jade  Hill, Lee-Ann  Johnson

Temple

Certificates: Danielle R O’Brien

 

Washington

 

Monroe

Associates: Helena  Santee

Students from the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting at Mount Wachusett Community College celebrate after their pinning ceremonies.

Twenty students graduating on May 17 with their Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene degrees were honored Friday night during a special pinning ceremony.

The ceremony is a time to recognize the hard work of the students and welcome them into the dental professions, according to Cindy Cadoret, the director of the dental education programs at Mount Wachusett Community College.

That commitment to their studies and the work they will be doing in the community were recognized during the ceremony by State Senator Harriette Chandler.

“Your jobs are so important. You are going to make a difference,” said Senator Chandler. “These jobs are life changing jobs.”

Special awards were presented to students who showed exemplary skill within their discipline. April Quirk was presented The Hu-Friedy Award for excellent clinical skills and competence and the willingness to always go above and beyond in the clinical setting. The Dental Hygiene Department Award was presented to Christina Knox for her overall strong academic achievement, clinic excellence, leadership, and making the dental setting team-oriented. The Dental Assisting Department Award was presented to Victoria Cummings for her overall excellence in academic achievement and clinical skill. In a new award, Brittany Hutchinson was recognized for her work promoting oral health with the Oral Health Promotion Award.

State Senator Harriet Chandler addresses the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene students Friday night.

The students honored from the dental programs were:

Dental Assisting
Ashby: Victoria E. Cummings
Fitchburg: Meghgan A. Beauvais
Leominster: Felicia G. Freel
Shirley: Julie Henderson
Worcester: Faviola Flores
Greenville, NH: Brianna M. McDougal

Dental Hygiene

Ashby: Kimberly M. Grieg
Ashburnham: April Quirk
Athol: Cassondra Lavigne, Hannah Pachalis
Clinton: Brittany A. Hutchinson
Fitchburg: Eunices Gonzalez
Leominster: Ellen Smith
Lunenburg: Christina Bernatchez
Marlborough: Christina Knox
Ware: Leah Trudeau
Winchendon: Stephanie J. Goodwin
Worcester: Mailoan Nguyen, Nga Pham
Fitzwilliam, NH: Casey R. Bedingfield

Wayne Canty will be the recipient of Mount Wachusett Community College’s 2016 Service Above Self Award at the college’s graduation.

Business leader and community volunteer Wayne Canty will be the recipient of Mount Wachusett Community College’s 2017 Service Above Self Award at the college’s graduation.

Canty, CEO and owner of Heat Trace Products and MWCC Foundation member, will be recognized during the college’s 52nd commencement ceremony on May 17. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions within the 29 cities and towns that make up the college’s service area.

“Wayne Canty has made North Central Massachusetts the home of not only his business but many of his volunteer efforts. A multitude of organizations in the region have benefited from his experience, time and energy. I am pleased to recognize him with this year’s Service Above Self Award,” said President James Vander Hooven.

“I was just dumbfounded and humbled when I was informed of this award. I can honestly say that out of any of the recognitions and awards I’ve received up to this point in my career and my life, this one is the most meaningful,” said Canty.

Canty acquired Heat Trace Products in 2004, relocating the company’s factory from Clinton to Leominster. The company manufactures a line of self-regulating heat trace cables and products for freeze protection and process temperature maintenance for a wide range of industrial, commercial and residential applications.

Since establishing his company in North Central Massachusetts, Canty has become an active member of the business and charitable community in the region. He currently serves on the boards of the North Central MA Chamber of Commerce, and is the Vice Chair of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.

Canty has been a member of the Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation since 2013, after forming a strong working relationship with previous President Daniel Asquino, and he served as a member of the college’s Presidential Search Committee in 2016.
“It’s important for me to give back to the community and support the community as best I can both with my time and with my money,” said Canty. “I’ve been successful and I feel an obligation to give back to the community, whether it’s my hometown or where my business is established.”

He has also been involved in statewide and national business organizations, including being a board member of the Massachusetts Marketing Partnership, AIM International Business Council and the MA District Export Council (US Department of Commerce). Canty was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Marketing Partnership Board of Directors in 2011 and accompanied him to Brazil on a trade mission that year. He was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to the Economic Development Council in 2015.

Canty earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Quincy College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University and holds a National Board Certification from the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge.

State Rep. Susannah Whipps, pictured in the Massachusetts Statehouse, has been named MWCC’s Alumna of the Year.

State Representative Susannah Whipps has been named Mount Wachusett Community College’s 2017 Alumna of the Year. She will be recognized during the college’s 52nd Commencement on Wednesday, May 17.

“We are proud to honor State Representative Susannah Whipps as our 2016 Alumna of the Year,” said President James Vander Hooven, Ed. D. “Whipps is an example of how students from our graduating class can continue the community connection and engagement that is stressed here at Mount Wachusett Community College. She has exemplified this in both her business ventures, community service and positions in local and state government.”

Created in 1989, the award recognizes a Mount Wachusett Community College graduate who has exhibited exceptional career leadership, service to community and commitment to the college.

“I’m honored to be named Alumna of the Year from MWCC. I enjoyed my time as a student and left with skills which, to this day, help me both professionally and personally,” State Rep. Susannah Whipps said.

Whipps’ connection to the college continued on after her own education. She has used the college as a training resource for employees at her businesses. Additionally, she has several nieces and nephews that have attended MWCC and one is currently enrolled.

Whipps is a seventh generation Athol resident. She attended Athol schools and after earning her Associate’s Degree from MWCC she went on to get her Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Fitchburg State University and an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University.

By age 25, she had opened two successful restaurants. Whipps joined her parents at their family business, Whipps, Inc., in 2000. She is now co-owner of the company that currently employs 70 people, designs and manufactures high quality equipment for the water and wastewater industry.

Whipps was first elected to the Athol Board of Selectman in 2005 and was elected as State Rep. in 2015 for the Second Franklin District that consists of Erving, Gill, New Salem, Orange, Warwick, Wendell, Belchertown: Precinct A, Athol; Petersham; Phillipston, Royalston, and Templeton. She currently serves on the Joint Committee on Higher Education, Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery as well as the House Committee on Ethics.

Throughout her life, she has been active in her community as a volunteer for American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, Athol Memorial Hospital, Athol Historical Society, American Red Cross, United Way and many other charitable organizations. She has been the president of the Athol Historical Society for the last 14 years and prior to joining the legislature was a member of the Heywood Hospital Community Investment Committee.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will deliver the keynote address during Mount Wachusett Community College’s Commencement on Wednesday, May 17.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will deliver the keynote address during Mount Wachusett Community College’s Commencement on Wednesday, May 17.

“We are delighted to welcome Attorney General Maura Healey to our campus as this year’s Commencement speaker,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “Her passion and ongoing work for justice for residents across the state aligns with our ongoing commitment to civic learning and fostering community engagement among our students. AG Healey is an outstanding example of how this year’s graduates can continue to be active members of their communities and greater society as they transition out of their time here at Mount Wachusett Community College.”

“I’m honored that President Asquino has invited me to speak at Mount Wachusett Community College’s Commencement this spring,” said AG Healey. “MWCC has a rich legacy spanning over 50 years as a school that prepares young adults to lead a life focused on serving a community that’s bigger than themselves. As your Attorney General, I’m proud to be speaking at a school that places such high value on ensuring that its graduates give back to their communities.”

Healey was sworn in as Attorney General on January 21, 2015. Since taking office, she has tackled issues touching the lives of residents across Massachusetts including the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers’ rights and student loan costs. She has focused on strengthening consumer protections and on improving our criminal justice system.

Prior to her election, Healey helped lead the Attorney General’s Office as head of the Civil Rights Division and as Chief of the Public Protection and Business & Labor Bureaus. Healey graduated from Harvard College in 1992 and was captain of the women’s basketball team. She played professional basketball in Europe before returning to Massachusetts to attend Northeastern University School of Law. Early in her career, Healey clerked for Judge David Mazzone in the United States District Court in Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office in 2007, Healey was a junior partner at the international law firm Wilmer Hale (formerly Hale and Dorr), where she represented clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, medical device, software, energy, biotechnology and professional sports sectors. She is a former Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, where she tried drug, assault, domestic violence and motor vehicle cases.

Christopher P. Brown

Christopher P. Brown, a physical therapist assistant who was recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Westminster public safety officials earlier this year for his heroic actions at the scene of an accident, has been named Mount Wachusett Community College’s 2013 Alumnus of the Year.The Westminster resident and Persian Gulf War veteran will be honored during the college’s 48th Commencement on May 16.“We are extremely proud to honor Christopher Brown as our 2013 Alumnus of the Year,” said President Daniel M. Asquino. “Like many of our students, Christopher discovered his vocation while attending Mount Wachusett Community College, and then followed that path to achieve success both academically and professionally. Moreover, he has consistently demonstrated his commitment to serving others, first in the military, then as a student at Mount Wachusett, in his new career, and in his personal life.”

Brown graduated from MWCC in 2010 with an associate degree in Physical Therapist Assistant and works at Genesis Rehab Services in Westford. Over the past several years, he has carved out a niche as a veterans’ services specialist in the national company of more than 7,000 rehabilitation professionals.

Brown said he was humbled to receive the award. “It’s an extraordinary honor to return to your college to receive an award when you believe the college has already given you more than enough to succeed in your career and to pursue your passion and goals in life.”

A former firefighter with the U.S. Air Force, Brown was hailed a hero in March when he rushed to rescue a young woman who was trapped in a burning car following an accident in Westminster. In addition, he was recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services in November 2011 for his support of veterans and their families in the state.

While at MWCC, Brown founded the MWCC Veterans Group in 2009 to assist and support fellow veterans on campus. The club has since grown into a vibrant student organization serving the college and greater community.

Brown continues to actively volunteer, including with the Massachusetts chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center.

MWCC’s 48th Commencement will take place Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. Media executive and MWCC alumnus Robert Regan will deliver the commencement address; Christopher Brown will receive the 2013 Alumnus of the Year Award; and Raymond LaFond will receive the Service Above Self Award. Members of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society will conduct the 10th annual “Project Graduation” food drive. All graduates and their guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the rehearsal or ceremony, which will be donated this year to the Gardner Community Action Committee.

Bob Regan

Robert Regan, a distinguished executive recognized for consistent innovation in the production of groundbreaking digital media content and delivery strategies and a 1975 graduate of Mount Wachusett Community College, will deliver the keynote address during the college’s 48th Commencement on May 16.

Regan, honored as Mount Wachusett’s Alumnus of the Year in 1989, forged a career record of revolutionary consumer, media, communication and technology platform product development for broadcast, cable, online and mobile channels.

A native of Lowell, Regan has served as president and chief operating officer for Twin Entertainment, a joint venture of the U.S.–based Interactive Network and U.K.–based Two Way TV, Ltd.; senior vice president of programming and content for GTE MainStreet, the first two-way cable television service in the U.S.; executive producer of NBC’s “Mall of America,” the first major network shopping show; and senior vice president of programming, news and operations for the Financial News Network (now CNBC).

Recognized for consistent innovation in the production of groundbreaking digital media content and delivery strategies, Regan was recently appointed founding director of the Dr. John Keshishoglou Center for Global Communications Innovation, an executive graduate program with an industry think tank based at Ithaca College.

“We are delighted to welcome distinguished alumnus Bob Regan back as our commencement speaker as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of MWCC,” said President Daniel M. Asquino. “Bob’s extraordinary career in the field of communications began here and went far, which makes him an inspiring role model for our graduates, who are moving forward with their own dreams and aspirations.”

Regan attended MWCC from 1973 to 1975 during a time when many students were the first in their families to go on to higher education, overcoming tremendous odds to graduate, he recalled. He would set out in the morning in a black 1965 Buick Special he bought for $1 from a neighbor.

“I remember having my radio on and driving along Route 2. I had no power steering, there was a hole in the driver’s side floor, but I had a hope and a dream that I was going to be able to get to the school that day, no matter get my degree or a job,” he said.

After earning an associate degree in public communications, which is now the broadcasting & electronic media program, he transferred to Worcester State and earned his bachelor’s degree in media with a minor in secondary education in 1977, heeding his parent’s advice about having a back-up plan. He went on to Boston University to earn a master’s degree in broadcasting in 1979, so he could teach at the college level.

Regan’s career began that year as an intern at Boston’s WCVB Channel 5, fetching coffee and bagels for celebrities such as the legendary actor Vincent Price. Regan was hired by the station soon after as a production assistant, then promoted to associate producer, and later moved over to WNAC, a CBS affiliate, and WNEV. Among his experiences, he worked as associate producer for Weekday with Ted O’Brien, and producer, videographer and editor for LOOK, a two-hour daily afternoon show, the most ambitious local program in the history of television. Media mogul David Salzman, then president of Telepictures, plucked Regan from the local show to start a nationally syndicated news program from Hollywood. For the next 25 years, he worked with countless celebrities, including Price. Regan hired the avid art collector to host a show in the late 1980s. In short order, Regan was promoted to oversee the production of the syndicated shows “Let’s Make a Deal,” “Love Connection” and “The People’s Court.”

Regan credits MWCC and his former public communications professor, Vincent Ialenti, now dean of Academic and Institutional Technology, with providing a strong academic foundation.

“I never imagined when I was sitting at Mount Wachusett on my graduation day, what would happen in my career,” Regan said. “The dream came true for the Irish kid from Lowell. I am blessed and I credit Vin. I don’t know if he realizes how much of an impact he made on me, and how much of an impact Mount Wachusett makes on all of us,” he said.

“I’ve been very fortunate to follow Bob’s career from leaving Mount Wachusett to where he is today,” said Ialenti. “He has been on the forefront of a lot of media movements. Now he’s looking at the whole picture and working with people who will be the visionaries to develop the communications of the future.”