Asnuntuck Community College held its 45th Commencement ceremony on May 24th at Symphony Hall in Springfield.
A total of 515 students were awarded Associate degrees, certificates, and workforce licensure certificates.
Dr. James Lombella, President of Asnuntuck Community College addressed the graduates and their guests. “As a student graduating this evening you are fortunate to be located in the middle of the New England Knowledge Corridor. You are surrounded by dozens of educational institutions and thousands of businesses providing limitless opportunities for you. I urge you to take advantage of these opportunities to further your education or to strengthen the workforce in our region.”
The President added, “I want to end by acknowledging that tonight each of you has completed something you set out to do and you are to be commended for it. Your education is yours for life. No one can ever take away what you have achieved at Asnuntuck.”
During the ceremony, Associate Professor Carol LaLiberte presented the Broken Paddle Award to Polly Ann Martin. Martin graduated with an Associate’s degree in Human Services.
English Professor Michaela Mullarkey presented the Nelson Bordeau Award to Kurt Aaron Murphy. Murphy earned an Associate’s degree in General Studies.
Ryan Russin was presented the Distinguished Service Award from Director of Student Activities Sherry Paquette. Russin earned an Associate’s degree in General Studies.
Daniel Jacques, who earned an Associate’s degree in Business Administration brought greetings from the students. He spoke about pride, gratitude and change in his remarks. He gave praise to Professor Teresa Foley who helped him work through his negative feelings toward math. He shared with her that he feared he would never understand the material. “But Professor Foley never gave up on me. I achieved an A in her class and went on to succeed in my subsequent math classes.” He added, “It’s people like Professor Foley that really make you understand the heart and soul that they put into their work, and the heroes that they truly are.” He concluded by saying, “Let’s take pride in all we do, be grateful for everything and everyone we have, and embrace change.”
Video from graduation is available on line. Click here to watch.
Registration for the fall semester is open. Visit www.asnuntuck.edu for additional information.