Asnuntuck Community College held its 42nd Commencement ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall on Thursday, May 28th. The college presented 290 degrees and certificates to students during the ceremony. The College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development division presented 84 students with Workforce Development non-credit certificates.

Professor Dr. Jean Egan presented ACC student Ruben Garcia with the Broken Paddle Award. ACC student Tommi DeMichael received the Nelson Bordeau Award from Associate Professor Wendy Nelson and Roland Atkinson received the Distinguished Service Award from Dean of Student Services Katie Kelley.

President James P. Lombella encouraged the graduates to embrace their new role as an alum. “I am hopeful you will continue to be an active and engaged member of our student centered community of success in your new role.” He reminded them to stay connected to their ACC friends, faculty and staff. “Our graduates remain an essential part of the Asnuntuck family.”

Rick Giombetti, CEO of Giombetti Associates, The Performance Dynamics Institute of Leadership delivered the Commencement Address.

Greetings were given to the audience from Asnuntuck Community College Foundation Chair Karen Jarmoc; Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education Regent Naomi Cohen; ACC’s Program Coordinator of Science Michelle Coach and ACC Graduate Bobbie-Jo Thibodeau. Thibodeau told her fellow grads, “I would like to wish you all health and happiness in the future, and the satisfaction of knowing that whatever you do, you will do it well.” She added, “After all, you are all graduates of Asnuntuck Community College and that is just another name for the college of excellence.”

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