Asnuntuck Community College’s Class of 2020 joined fellow graduates around the world in celebrating their accomplishments differently this Spring. Asnuntuck Community College sent greetings and well wishes to its students in a virtual way with a Commencement video. Students will also have a commemorative box, including a graduation cap, gown, and mementos from the college, mailed to their home.


The college awarded a total of 237 students their certificates and associate degrees, including graduates from August, 2019, December, 2019 and May, 2020, as part of the ceremony. This year’s class also included 168 non-credit healthcare career graduates, with 10 receiving dual certificates.

Awards were also presented during the virtual ceremony. The Broken Paddle Award, this year presented to Lizeth Monica Lamberti, has been a part of Asnuntuck’s history since the college’s first Commencement in 1974.  The story behind it comes from Hawaii, where the leaders of two communities, who had been at war with each other, made peace by breaking a paddle, which could therefore never again be used as a weapon. 

The Nelson Bordeau Award is dedicated to an Asnuntuck student from the early 1980’s. Nelson entered college as a troubled young man, but his years at Asnuntuck helped him turn his life around.  Two weeks before he would have graduated, his motorcycle was struck by a car, and Nelson was killed instantly. This year’s recipient for the award, which rewards a student who has shown outstanding personal growth, in the face of obstacles/difficulties, is SageMarie Desovich.

Sanford W. Moore was presented with the Distinguished Service Award. Criteria for the award includes that the recipient demonstrates academic success, service to the college community and fellow students. The recipient of this award is loyal, trustworthy, dedicated and always willing to go beyond to support others and makes Asnuntuck a better place. 


Asnuntuck’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Michelle Coach sent greetings to the class, “Congratulations to the Class of 2020.  You have risen above all the challenges during this past semester.  You have obtained a credential that is yours for life.  The future is yours, and I know you will embrace it.” 

The public is invited to view the Commencement ceremony by visiting


Online summer classes begin June 3rd, and the Fall semester will begin on August 26th. Visit to learn more.