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与之 Celebrates the Class of 2022

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Northern Essex 社区 College’s 60th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, 5月14日近乎完美, thanks to sunny weather (the thermometer hit 90 degrees), 鼓舞人心的讲话, 和 the uncontained joy of the 800-plus graduates 和 their families.

This was the first time the college had celebrated with a traditional ceremony since 2019, 和, if the broad smiles were any indication, 大家都很高兴回来.

President Lane Glenn opened the ceremony, calling the class of 2022 “one of the most resilient in the college’s 60-year history.” “You have shown that crisis is nothing to fear 和 even sometimes an opportunity. Likely, you are stronger, more confident, 和 more determined as a result of the last two years.”

Dr. 埃里克·迪克森88年, 与之 2022 Commencement Speaker

The featured speaker, Eric Dickson, MD, a 1988 graduate of Northern Essex’s 呼吸道护理计划, who is now CEO 和 president of Mass Memorial Health, talked about the importance of having a “mighty purpose” in life, sharing a poem by George Bernard Shaw titled “A Splendid Torch”.

“For me, I think the true joy in life is fighting for something you believe in. Staying attached to your mighty purpose doesn’t use you up. It gives you the fuel you need to keep going.”

Dickson was inspired to pursue medical school when his professor, Dr. 丹·科尔曼, medical director of the college’s 呼吸道护理计划, suggested he had the potential. He shared that in his current role “I have been given the opportunity to fight for several mighty purposes that fuel me, including fighting for health equity, caring for people living in poverty 和 removing the stigma of mental illness 和 addiction disorders.”

这是 Dr. 埃里克·迪克森的演讲.

Iseline Mendoza of 劳伦斯, who graduated with high honors 和 associate degrees in 会计业务转移, had two messages for graduates: “be specific when addressing your goals, hopes 和 dreams” 和 “always vocalize your needs.”

Student Speaker Iseline Mendoza with her three-year old son.

To illustrate, Mendoza shared her own story. She decided to come back to school when she was pregnant with her now three-year old son, who joined her at the podium in the middle of her speech.

She thanked her parents for supporting her 和 her son during her educational journey 和 the college for providing the opportunity for her to develop leadership skills—she was president of the Student Government Association—which allowed her to grow 和 address issues such as student mental health 和 transportation to campus.

Mendoza has a full-time job in her field with Anstiss Certified Public Accountants of Chelmsford 和 she will be continuing her education in 会计 at UMass Lowell.

这是 Iseline Mendoza Student Speech.

There were several awards presented at commencement.

社区 Partner Award: 劳伦斯 General Hospital

President Lane Glenn presented the 社区 Partner Award, which was created in 2019 to recognize the people 和 organizations throughout the Merrimack Valley that are positively impacting the community 和 helping the college 和 its 学生, 送往劳伦斯综合医院.

One of every three Northern Essex 学生 is enrolled in 健康项目 和 劳伦斯 General Hospital is the college’s biggest health care partner, providing clinical placements for all 22 of the college’s 健康项目, 招聘毕业生, 和 providing adjunct health instructors.

“作为一所社区大学, we are imbedded in our local community 和, we count on our community partners to help us achieve our goals. I’m proud to say that 劳伦斯 General Hospital is one of those valued partners.”

Glenn credited LGH 和 other local health organizations, with their response to the p和emic. “They were quick to set up testing centers 和, when the vaccine was available, the hospital created vaccine clinics that were open night 和 day through the city. Hospital 工作人员 worked under extraordinarily difficult conditions 和 at the risk of their own health, to care for the residents of Greater 劳伦斯 和 prevent the spread of COVID 19.”

Mike Mancuso, chairman of the LGH board of trustees, accepted the award on behalf of LGH.

The English Language 学习ers Task Force, recipient of the 与之 Social Justice Award

Social Justice Award: English Language 学习ers Task Force

社会公正奖, 它认识到个人, 组, 部门, 和 initiatives that promote values such as a commitment to equity 和 diversity of the advancement of human rights 和 social justice, was presented by Glenn to the English Language 学习ers Task Force, which was created in 2021 to focus on engaging the entire college community in meeting the needs of English language learners.

在调查学生, speaking with faculty 和 工作人员, researching best practices at other community colleges, 和 analyzing what the college is currently doing, the task force is implementing sustainable changes that will make all aspects of the English language learners experience at the college more successful.

成员, 包括教师, 工作人员, 和ESL教练, 卡梅隆是艾米, 凡妮莎Desani, 桑德拉DeVita, Analuz加西亚, 阿伦Gargagliano, 汤姆格林, 里克Lizotte, 希瑟习俗, 玛莎Parinussa弗林, 科琳Pelczar, 贾尼斯·罗杰斯, 和苏珊·威尔科克斯.

退休人

Four long-time members of the college’s faculty 和 工作人员 received emeritus status, 里克Lizotte, who taught English as a Second Language for 36 years 和 was a curriculum designer in the college’s Center for Instructional Technology, professor emeritus of English as a Second Language; Stephen Mathis, a beloved teacher at the college who retired early due to health issues, professor emeritus of English; Wendy Shaffer, the college’s longtime grant writer who raised millions of dollars for the college 和 its 学生, dean emerita of development 和 Dr. 豪尔赫·圣地亚哥, who taught sociology 和 social welfare 和 served as director of the Institute for 社区 Workforce Development at 与之, professor emeritus of sociology.

在北埃塞克斯, the rank of emeritus is an honor that recognizes sustained excellence in performance, 字符, 和 meritorious service to the college.

杰出校友奖:Dr. 埃里克·迪克森88年

理查德•帕多瓦, who teaches history 和 government at Northern Essex 和 is a member of the 与之 校友 Aboard, presented the Outst和ing 校友 Award to Dr. 埃里克·迪克森88年, the commencement speaker.

“Throughout the Covid-19 p和emic, he served as a leading voice in the effort to resolve 和 mitigate difficult challenges in the healthcare industry, working through hospital bed 和 工作人员 shortages while promoting safe practices. He has been frequently quoted in publications across Massachusetts 和 beyond for his expertise 和 his work to help the Commonwealth find viable solutions for a better tomorrow. And today… he served as our esteemed commencement speaker.”

还有,去年2月. 迪克森创造了Dr. 丹·科尔曼 Respiratory Care Scholarship in honor of his former Northern Essex professor. He made an initial contribution of $10,000 和 the endowed scholarship now has over $70,000.

这是一个 与之 2022毕业生名单.

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