MCCC grad­u­ates Class of 2018

Com­mence­ment cer­e­mony cel­e­brates more than 1,400 stu­dents

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WHITPAIN » Gray skies and soggy weather could not dampen the ex­cite­ment of the grad­u­ates and their fam­i­lies as they gath­ered un­der a large tent for Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s (MCCC) 51st Com­mence­ment cer­e­mony May 17.

The cer­e­mony was a time to rec­og­nize and cel­e­brate the ac­com­plish­ments of the Class of 2018.

“All of us at Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege are com­mit­ted to the suc­cess of our stu­dents — it is the core of our mis­sion,” MCCC Pres­i­dent Dr. Kevin Pol­lock said. “Stand­ing at 1,435 grad­u­ates who will col­lec­tively earn 1,448 de­grees and cer­tifi­cates, the Class of 2018 is proof of that com­mit­ment.”

The class, rang­ing in age from 17 to 77, in­cludes 112 Po­lice Academy grad­u­ates, 39 Culi­nary Arts In­sti­tute grad­u­ates, 35 mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and 34 in­ter­na­tional grad­u­ates. Thir­teen stu­dents grad­u­ated from the Hon­ors Pro­gram, 294 grad­u­ates are mem­bers of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor So­ci­ety and 16 grad­u­ates are mem­bers of Mu Al­pha Theta (Math) Honor So­ci­ety.

MCCC Board of Trustees Chair Rich Mon­tal­bano con­grat­u­lated the grad­u­ates and en­cour­aged them to con­tinue their jour­ney.

“As you cross the stage tonight, re­mem­ber your grad­u­a­tion is just the be­gin­ning,” Mon­tal­bano said. “As you em­bark on your next chap­ter, we hope you know that your ed­u­ca­tion ex­tends well be­yond the class­room and your ca­reer.”

This year’s Stu­dent Com­mence­ment speaker Olivia Slup­ski, a lib­eral stud­ies ma­jor from Gilbertsville, spoke about grit — the courage, back­bone, spirit and for­ti­tude that en­ables stu­dents, in­clud­ing her­self, to over­come chal­lenges and per­se­vere.

“While all of us learned so much dur­ing our time here from our pro­fes­sors and peers, grit isn’t some­thing we learned. Rather it’s the peo­ple here who have helped us tap into our grit and have given us the sup­port sys­tem that we needed to be suc­cess­ful on this jour­ney,” she said.

Slup­ski plans to trans­fer to a four-year univer­sity in the fall to ma­jor in both bi­ol­ogy and psy­chol­tend­ing ogy, with the goals of at­tend­ing med­i­cal school and then law school. Dur­ing her time at MCCC, she was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Beta Tau Lambda chap­ter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor So­ci­ety, serv­ing as pres­i­dent. She also was named a mem­ber of the 2017-18 All-Penn­syl­va­nia Aca­demic Team, re­ceiv­ing a full-tu­ition schol­ar­ship to con­tinue her ed­u­ca­tion.

In ad­di­tion to cel­e­brat­ing its grad­u­ates, the Col­lege pre­sented As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor Ti­mothy Gallagher with the Pearl­s­tine Award for Teach­ing Ex­cel­lence for his ex­cep­tional ser­vice. Math Se­nior Lec­turer Stephen Bar­to­rillo and Eco­nomics Se­nior Lec­turer Joseph Waldo re­ceived the Part-Time Fac­ulty Teach­ing Ex­cel­lence Awards spon­sored by Barnes & No­ble in recog­ni­tion of their work.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — MONT­GOMERY COUNTY COM­MU­NITY COL­LEGE

Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege holds its com­mence­ment cer­e­mony May 17.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — MONT­GOMERY COUNTY COM­MU­NITY COL­LEGE

Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege holds its com­mence­ment cer­e­mony May 17.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — MONT­GOMERY COUNTY COM­MU­NITY COL­LEGE

Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege holds its com­mence­ment cer­e­mony May 17.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — MONT­GOMERY COUNTY COM­MU­NITY COL­LEGE

Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege holds its com­mence­ment cer­e­mony May 17.

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