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Mount Wachusett Community College Confers 665 Degrees and Certificates to 608 Students

Mount Wachusett Community College held its 56th Annual Commencement Ceremony in a virtual livestream on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

“While I am unable to shake your hand as you cross the stage, understand that what we are celebrating today is just as special and just as impactful as any other ceremony. It is a celebration of you,” President James Vander Hooven told graduates in his address.

“To commence means to go forth, to begin anew. And while commencement is an end of a chapter, it is the introduction to a new chapter of opportunity and optimism. It is a celebration of what you are now capable of doing in your future, and capable you are,” Vander Hoven continued. “Think about the obstacles that you have had to overcome to get here. You have risen above all of them to achieve academic and personal success. When you encounter obstacles throughout your life, and you will, you will need to think back to this moment and understand your ability. It is much, much, greater than you might feel at any given moment. I congratulate you on your success.”

The 2021 Student Speaker was Vanessa Hill. Hill, a native of Puerto Rico is a mother of five. After a 19-year hiatus from education to raise her family, Hill is graduating with her Associates Degree in Human Services. She will be attending Fitchburg State University to pursue her Bachelor’s in Human Services.

MWCC 2021 Commencement Student Speaker Vaness Hill

“This may not be a traditional way to give a speech, it is certainly not going to stop me from reminding you all how resilient, strong, and how well deserving you are of this day,” Hill told fellow students. “As a Student Trustee, I learned of the struggles some students have, of the challenges we have all faced along the way – having to work full or part-time, needing daycare, transportation, or experiencing an illness. These challenges have made us stronger and have allowed us to grow. I am so proud of the Class of 2021. This is just the beginning. Enjoy this, enjoy life. Spend everyday thinking and acting on how we can make this world better, not just for us, but for future generations.”

Keynote speaker, retired Senator and namesake of the Brewer Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement, Stephen M. Brewer, congratulated students for earning their degrees through the darkest year of the global pandemic. “To the members of the Class of 2021, welcome and congratulations. You did it. You got the degree you set out for. You did it in the most unique circumstance in memory. Be proud that your determination, your patience and your belief in a better tomorrow have brought you here.”
“Our time is limited, so don’t waste it,” Brewer continued. “Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. Make a friend with someone who doesn’t look or think like you. You might just change the world.”

MWCC Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Paul Hernandez, presented the President’s Keys and Dean’s Keys as well as the Annual Curriculum Awards.

The President’s Keys, which are annually awarded to the two highest performing students were awarded to six students who earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Presidents Keys Awardees are Pedro L. Baez, Jr. Keegan J. Byrnes, Roxanne Melanson, Melissa E. Paquette, Cheryl J. Sanders, Sophia M. Schlegelmilch.

The Dean’s Key, which is awarded to a graduating student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the life and spirit of the college, was awarded to Sidney P. Richard.

The Annual Curriculum Award recipients were:
Accounting Concentration, Pedro L. Baez, Jr
Art, Suzanne Poirier, Cheryl J. Sanders
Automotive Technology, Samuel P. Martelli
Business Administration Career, John P. Maron
Business Administration Transfer, Jonathan A. Day
Computer Information Systems, Matthew J. Reid
Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement, Jamie T. Posk
Criminal Justice Transfer, Brennan J. Mailloux
Dental Hygiene, Elzbieta Solimeno
Early Childhood Education – Career, Amanda L. Szkaradek
Early Childhood Education – Transfer, Vanessa K. Leh
Energy Management Degree, Michael B. St. Peter
Engineering and Physics, William T. Luksha
Fire Science Technology, Olivia N. Hayes
Graphic & Interactive Design, Chelsea L. Sullivan
Human Services, Andrea Techera
Interdisciplinary Studies, Claire A. Higginson
Interdisciplinary Studies – Allied Health, Cassandra M. Conrad
Legal Studies, Shawn M. Ilinitch
Liberal Arts & Sciences, Sophia M. Schlegelmilch
Liberal Arts & Sciences – Elementary Education Track, Melissa E. Paquette
Liberal Arts & Sciences – Theatre Arts Track, Rachel C. Cieslik
Manufacturing Technology – Plastics Degree, Christopher A. LaBarge, Jr.
Media Arts and Technology – Audio Engineering Concentration, Juan E. Acosta
Media Communication Track, Justin Tralongo
Natural Resources, John P. McIntyre
Nursing, Molly Bodurtha, Ashley S. Ellis
Nursing – Evening, Janet A. Johnson
Nursing – LPN Bridge Option, Khadija A. Nakalule
Physical Therapist Assistant, Stacey M. Lipkin
Professional Writing Track, Ellie J. Burton
Veterinary Technology, Jessica P. Pelland

The Class of 2021 graduates are:
N Grosvenordl
Associate : Danielle E Lohler
Associate : Bethany H Chase
Associate : Young Lan Cho, Khadija Nakalule
Certificate: Rebekah A Carell, Jodie A Skellie
Associate : Patrick M Belliveau, Samantha N Bertrand, Matthew Courtenay, Rajkumar Vijaykumar Desai, Julienne F Desravines, Shawn M Ilinitch, Janet Johnson, Tyler LaRoche, Allison J Lind, James P Mahoney, Noah M Maillet, Amy Melinda Page, Brian J Pratt, Daihyana Wood
Certificate: Patrick M Belliveau, Samantha N Bertrand, Matthew Courtenay, Veronica L Derby, Shawn M Ilinitch, Tyler LaRoche, Alana Linnea Perry, Ean J Roy
Associate : Ashley Marie Beauchemin, Shane A Brennan, Chelsea R Karr, Sandy L Oser, Lydia Palmer, Kostyantyn V Voloboi
Associate : Alexis M Barrett, Branden Burke, Tavish R Burns, Helena Christian Carter, Brianna Cauley, Gracie M Eastman, Madison Faneuf, Allysia L Hartley, Mary J Homay, Brian Michael LaBrake, Jordan S Lapriore, Jessica Molina, Jamie Posk, Grace L Robichaud, Samantha E Sykes
Certificate: Alexia Clapper, Katherine Costa, Amanda L Griffith, Allysia L Hartley, Mary J Homay, Emily Jamieson, Lisa K Kowalczyk, Brian Michael LaBrake, Josephine R Ludwig, Colby L Mason, Jamie Posk, Lindsay Williams
Associate : Ashley M Leone
Associate : Cameron Breault, Lisa Cozzens, William Gerlach, Katherine D Piecewicz, Ashley W Truong, Scott Walters
Certificate: William Gerlach, Scott Walters
Associate : Monet V Coleman, Christopher Divoll, Jayson E Drop, Mary Lee, Chandler Parker, Angela Risotti, Aryana Williams
Certificate: Angela Risotti, Mysti Stone
Associate : Matthew Dallair, Joseph Francis Johnston, Miranda Lyn King
Certificate: Joanna Marie Reisert, Gabrielle Susan Walker
Certificate: Hamid Ali Kasule
Associate : John Maron, Brendan Pilkington, Elzbieta Solimeno
Certificate: John Maron
Associate : Ian Shank
Certificate: Nathan Reich
Associate : Hanna M Shailer, Michaela L Tanacea
Associate : Cheryl R Locksley-Grant
Associate : Justin Ward
Associate : Margaret W Kimani, Anthony N Mwangi
Certificate: Brittany Corrina Noonan
Associate : Kelsey Desrosiers, Sulaiman Muyanja
Certificate: Trevor D Jones
Associate : Sarah A Catrambone
Associate : Whitney Huynh, Irene M Jimenez, Adela L Lopez, Stacia D Mitton
Certificate: Cassiano De Assis, Ashley LaBossiere, Xiomara Mendez
Associate : Ellen A Purington
Certificate: Sophy Yim
Certificate: Chelsea Chambers
East Boston
Associate : Juan Esteban Acosta
East Bridgewater
Certificate: Jenna L Tully
East Brookfield
Certificate: Adam W Gibson
East Longmeadow
Associate : William Ngaruiya
East Templeton
Associate : Maxwell W Bollous, Samantha L Giblin, Shannon A Vautour
Associate : Omar Abdelkebir, Jonathan Acevedo, Madyson Aubuchon, Kathryn Avery, Pedro L Baez, Molly K Bodurtha, Kalli Brassard, Jessica Burgos, Michael Chernoch, Anesia F Clark, William Coleman, Tamra Lee Corliss, Khoi Dang Nguyen, Irissenya Diaz, Jessica Diaz, Shannon N Dougherty, Katelyn Josephine Easler, Christabel Erhagbai, Nicole Julia Fiske, Denzel Ford, Dakota M Gagne, Caitlin Garcia, Dachira M Garcia, Catara Green, Serina J Hernandez, Shelley Marie LeBouf, Sherri C Martinez, Heather Maxwell, Sheiny Mercedes, Nahiomy E Miller, Aicha Ndiaye, Jack Nguyen, Rohanji Novas, Jonathan Omeler, Beatriz Padilla-Lazarin, Juan Pedraza, Charmaine M Radzewicz, Kelsey L Reid, Matthew J Reid, Rechell Reinoso Sanchez, Joshua J Reynolds, Aleigha A Rivard, Dazia Robertson, Alaina Rodriguez, Lydia Rodriguez, Lydiah Alice Rogers, Easton David Schilling, Timothy J Stewart, Kyra Tammaro, Steven Tarnowski, Katty M Taveras, Alex Torres, Jamie Velasquez, Shannon L Whittemore, Samantha M Wilks, Tessa A Williams
Certificate: Jonathan Acevedo, Mays Asfari, Kathryn Avery, Pedro L Baez, Rob Barrett, Jennifer E Bertrand, Faiza Boulefaa, Jesse Bowen, Laura J Bragg, Dawn Bucchiere, Michael Chernoch, Amanda R Chiasson, Renatha Eubanks, Dawne M Euvrard, Fayola S Fryer, Shelley Marie LeBouf, Payengcha Lee, Lori B McClurg, Amy E Meunier, Zachary Sandrelli, William J Shoemaker, Jessy M Silvera Maciel, Timothy J Stewart, Dianna Sue Szabo, Taniya J Tucker, Eric J Weeks-Paige
Associate : Shannon E Gagen
Associate : Damica Agnelli, Tabitha M Bresnahan, Christina Rose Bruce, Ayla Callahan, Cassandra M Conrad, Heather L Corcoran, Rebecca L D’Amico, Luke DeMoraes, Daniel P Doherty, Kayla J Douckas, Maya M Douglas, Andrew J Dupuis, Ashley Ellis, Danae Forrester, Anthony E Haimila, Vanessa Hill, Jacqueline K Hobbs, Shannon M Kennedy, Justin Keogh, Daniel Knoll, Keanon Kowalski, Christopher LaBarge, Paige Landry, Tyler R Lawrence, Anna C Leibman, Bettina H Malay, Clairet Y Martinez, Erik A McMaster, Lisa M McMaster, Julianna Melko, Kora M Michaud, Hannah Miller, Owen C Montville, Jeane Y Narcisse, Jeremy R Parker, Danielle Pelletier, Sidney Richard, Cynthia Roy, Guadalupe Ruiz, Tucker Salminen, Kathryn Surett, Abanoub Tefal, Katherine A Thebodeau, Dayanara Torres, Claudia R Tremble, Haley Vaillancourt, Jeremiah J Veino, Heather Marie White
Certificate: Caitlin Aubin, Myranda M Bishop, Ayla Callahan, Lisa J Daniel, Khysha M Doiron, Rylie G Faulkner, Cory Hasselmann, Krystina M Johnson, Rose Y Jordan, Paige Landry, Audrey MacDonald, Clairet Y Martinez, Erik A McMaster, Shayna L Michalewicz, Christopher P Ouellet, Brittany Tanisha Remillard, Guadalupe Ruiz, Dayanara Torres, Myriam Gabrielle Vogne
Associate : Holly R Perry
Associate : Kristin Fuller, Andrew Joseph Miller, Andrea K Mischel
Associate : Michelle A Scornavacca
Certificate: Michelle A Scornavacca
Associate : Rebecca DeMarco, Nicholas Dolak, Robert D Greene, Claire A Higginson, Emily Marie Lindfors, Jessica Pelland, Katherine M Reidy
Certificate: Dionne E Greene
Certificate: Jewlia L Durning
Associate : Kathryn M Becker, Katrina Bogaard, Kimberly S Handy, Charlotte Hobby, Alexandrea Ramos, Andrea Techera, Kevin Techera
Certificate: Andrea Techera
Associate : Kayley Fannon
Hyde Park
Associate : Curtis W Booker
Associate : Samantha Caissie, Stacey M Lipkin
Associate : Jack C Lally
Associate : Jazmine Martinez, Orquidia Martinez, Caitlyn Marie Plummer
Associate : Briana C Baker, Dustin Beaulieu, Tiffany M Bianchi, Nicholas R Bounville, Yvone M Brown, Daniella Porto Caetano, Amanda M Cahill, Holly Chabot, Victoria Chapman, Felicha Chery, Erika Constant, Laura M Doucette, John Dutting, Molly G Erb, Diana Fage, Nancy F Fong, Jennifer Fratkin, Jennifer Garcia, Katie M Grimley, Katrina J Hall, Hylton Harvey, Osvaldo E Hernandez, Brittney A Holmes, Kaylah Israel, Aleiya B Jones, Nicholas J Kugel, Patricia G Kwarteng, Theresa A Lane, Jerehmy R Larocque, Jaimie Lynn Laureiro, Paula M Lynde, Matthew Amado Madrigal, Kionna P Mayard, Charles A Milhans, David M Milholland, Chenell B Morris, Emillio J Myles, Gregory A Myles, AJ Natal, Sydiney Nyabiosi, Patrick Oopara, Kennedy Owino, Melissa Paquette, Felicia Rodriguez, Sophia M Schlegelmilch, Denise Seminoff, Jessica L Senee, Antonio V Similia, Ahnun N Somsy, Chad M Tata, Augustine J Tetteh-Quarshie, Maylynn J Velazquez, Autumn L Wendel, Tammy Wideman, Malissa A Wilson, Stephanie Elizabeth Yalian, Mariya Yankova-Simov, Flor E Zhagui, Marjus Zylyftari
Certificate: Mackenzie Bailey, Tiffany M Bianchi, Felicha Chery, Rosangel Frias, Zoeth H Magembe, Tammy L Mariani, Sharie A Melendez, Diana K Okongo, Amanda Parra, Taonga Edwell Revesai, Marielisa Rodriguez, Heather E Small, Augustine J Tetteh-Quarshie, Sarah D Townsend, Briana M Vazquez, Malissa A Wilson
Associate : Julian Briggs, Nicole Marie Jodice, Leah Newcombe, Jordan L Paskell, Leonard Albert N Sta Maria
Certificate: Brianna Lewis, Jordan L Paskell
Associate : Samantha R Barr, Jennifer L Burkmier, Emily Elizabeth Matusiak, Brenda Nambajwe
Associate : Melissa L Buchanan, Christopher Chapman, Cameron M Cooper, Carlee Dunbar, Michael Ferguson, Isabelle Haas, Olivia Hayes, Felix Jordan, John P McIntyre, Georgios Panakis, Nicholas Jordan Papini, Tricia Sicard, Jacob Therrien, Alexsandra R Wadleigh, Stephanie L White
Certificate: Meredith Kathryn Brown, Shana Daykin, Austin T Flagg, Drew W Hallisey, Tina M O’Leary, Esther Young
Associate : Brian Coker
Associate : Keegan J Byrnes, Nicole E Madaglia
Associate : Jeremiah Rosas
Associate : Betty W Nyaga
Associate : Rachel A Murphy
Associate : Victoria Pereira, Kelliann Smith
Associate : Rachel L Sharon
North Adams
Associate : Tyler H Bolte
North Andover
Associate : Elizabeth Kolenski
North Brookfield
Associate : Megan Maureen Cammuso, Ruth S Honthumb, Alexandra E Marceau
Associate : Marissa Lynn Hirakawa
Associate : Brianna Coggins
Associate : Laurie Boutin
Certificate: Laurie Boutin
Associate : Ellie J Burton, Shannon Caira, Maris Clement, Jennifer L Gariepy, Kyle Richard Johnson, Omar A Laza, Vanessa K Leh, Brennan J Mailloux, Calloway M Matthews, Alexis Cheri McClure, Shilo S Meehan, Roxanne Marie Melanson, Philip J Otter, Jasmine Rodriguez, Alexi Rosado, Christine L Sawin, Patricia Sullivan, Carla J Wheeler
Certificate: Grace M Berry, Ellie J Burton, Marcilia Lobo Lyman, Brennan J Mailloux, Samantha L Piragis, Ashley M Shaw, Rieley J Wentworth
Associate : Deborah Boudreau
Associate : Gianna Marie Smith
Associate : Rachel C Cieslik, Amber L Leblanc, Taylor B McLellan, Dylan M Schouten, Kaitlyn N Winsper
Certificate: Jonathan P Kinney
Associate : Rebecca Mitus
Associate : Hannah Bennett, David Morris, Josephine Parillo, Shannon L Vasquez-Solis
Certificate: Nancy Ann Bailey, Hannah Bean, Thomas M Daoust
Associate : Jeremy Dower, Kristina Eramo
Associate : Bildad Wanjema
Associate : Chawna J Girard-Hastbacka
Associate : Ivonne Jimenez, Samuel P Martelli, John Matthew Mazur, Heather J Palmer, Cassandra Tessier, James T Tirrell
Certificate: Marlene E Boucher-Ripley, Samuel P Martelli
Associate : Lisa Mastrangelo
Certificate: Lisa Mastrangelo
Associate : Christopher Jones, Connor R Martino, Alison A Mayorga, Dwight J Richard
Certificate: Dwight J Richard
Associate : Asma M Kayal
Associate : Katalina Gomez
Associate : Carmen M Belville, Alondra DeLeon Guimaraes
Associate : David I Duprey
Associate : Gabrielle C Perry
Associate : Suzanne Eglington, Allyssa Johnson, Tazia Newton, Evan J Ollenborger, Alaisha Spofford, Kyle J Vaillancourt, Abigail W Wirtz
Certificate: Garrett Dora, Suzanne Eglington, Connor Green, Jessica Smith, Alaisha Spofford
Associate : Christine Mary Aruda, Matthew A. Robertson
Associate : Faith Anna Bradley, Jessica Lynn Feddersen, Haydn T Hammill, Adoria J Kavuma Winburn, Genesis Martinez, Erin L Maxim, Emily Price
Certificate: Jamie L Howson, Cheyenne Whittemore
Associate : Courtney Rogers
W Brookfield
Associate : Robert E Howard
W Townsend
Associate : Hollie R Shattuck
Certificate: Daniel C McCall
Associate : Deborah O Barwuah, Briana J Kujawski
West Boylston
Associate : John Benoit, Gina M Burke, Alexandra de Melo-Shay
West Brookfield
Certificate: April R Pellegrino
West Groton
Associate : Ryan A Roy
West Townsend
Associate : Sarah Louise Ulmer
Associate : Sara Pacheco
Associate : Arielle M Aleman, Paloma Burgraff, Brendan Harrington, Celeste Infantino, Andrew King, Eilish B Lancey, Mykenzie McDonald, Aaron James Robichaud, Kolby Ross, Cheryl J Sanders, Chelsey M Stange, Amanda L Szkaradek, Justin Tralongo
Certificate: Arielle M Aleman, Aurora Teodora Barck, Tracey L Redkey
Associate : Kyle P Cole
Associate : Patricia Bunis
Associate : Alicia S Bellorado, Samantha Capone, Jordan Cloutier, William T Clukay, Jacob Cooper, Kayla M Cormier, Rebecca Cormier, Zachary H Crosby, Anna Dexter, Jennifer L Fitzpatrick, Taylor Fitzpatrick, Jadyn Fletcher, Eileen L Foley, David P Fortin, Akacia E Gambone, Amy A Larocque, Tina Lynn Leveille, Zachary Martins, Hannah Morse, Joseph M Noe, Spencer Pelkey, Trisha L Race, Diane M Sevigny-Staples, Marissa Shea, Clarissa Simmers-Swanson, Elizabeth D Stamper, Charlie James Stellato, Tiana Taylor, Christina M Wolski
Certificate: Kyle M Chumsae, Lindsey M Healy, Jacob R Mahan, Hannah Morse, Spencer Pelkey, Trisha L Race, Diane M Sevigny-Staples
Associate : Rebecca Lynn Atkins, Danielle F Belpedio, Adelaide Boahen, Kate Boateng, Michelle Lynn Corey, Charlene S Gayflor, James Frank Graves, Saveth Huy, Rachel Veronica Keblinsky, Henrietta O Konadu, Kristopher A Madden, Giselle E Maradiaga, Jane Wesonga Mason, Prossy Allen Nalubega, Sylvia A Ofori, Alberta A Owuh, Lindsey M Parker, Chelsea L Pritchet, Elisabeth S Rosario, Luis E Ruiz, Jason Orion Spekmorza, Skyanne E Theriault, Coral Estefania Valerio
Certificate: Emmanuel Adegoke, Angela Yaa Amoah, Danielle F Belpedio, Jenna M Crandall, Giselle E Maradiaga, Danielle Mujjumbi, Kizito Ronald Mwesigwa, Ruth Charity W Njaaga, Chelsea L Pritchet, Jason Orion Spekmorza
Associate : Haylie Baker
Associate : Erykah J Sweeney
Associate : Elizabeth A Madsen
Associate : Holly N Wamsley
Associate : Tonia A Langevin
Associate : Kathleen Blake
Associate : Adam M Fortier
Associate : Michael B St Peter
Associate : Brittany Baldwin, Nikolas Berthiaume, Krystyne Leigh Curtis, Jonathan A Day, Wilfred Lambert, Peter R Luksha, William T Luksha, Anna M Uusitalo
Associate : Breanna L Burgess, Alexandria Lee Judan, Whitney Marreiro
Certificate: Whitney Marreiro
Associate : Sacha Santana Lambides
New Ipswich
Associate : Kyle J Boland, Shania N Lampinen, Sarah A McInerney
Certificate: Sarah A McInerney
Associate : Ashley K Silverman, Chelsea Sullivan
Certificate: Rebecca L Rule-Sellers
Associate : Emily Payson, Alexei Popko, Tamara Popko, Taylor B Rautiola
Certificate: Anthony Naresky, Jacob J Ries
Associate : Brigette Horn
Associate : Rachael Orsi
Associate : Suzanne Poirier