A total of 1,422 students who graduated from Middlesex County College on Thursday, May 23 at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Approximately 725 members of the class participated in the exercises, representing the 350 graduates of August 2018; 364 from January 2019; and 708 of May 2019. Participants included several students who fulfilled the requirements for more than one degree or certificate during this academic year.
Jeffrey Herron, Acting Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, presided at the Commencement ceremony. Greetings were delivered by Mark McCormick, MCC President; Dorothy K. Power, Chairman of the Board; and Ronald G. Rios, Freeholder Director.
Valedictorian Courtney Rohrig delivered the class welcome, sharing her experiences and offering advice.
“Wherever your next step takes you – either into a four-year university or out into the real world – remember all that you have learned here,” she said. “Thank you to the professors who have shared advice and guidance, for taking time after class to help us better understand, and for leaving us with a foundation to succeed. Thank you to the advisors for making sure we were on track to graduate. And thank you, Middlesex County College, for preparing us as we take our next step.”
She told the class to embrace art.
“Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, allow art to become a part of your life,” she said. “It will enrich your daily experience. Take an art class. You will be surprised by the amount that can be learned and the skills that will carry over into your field. You become a team and learn from one another. You gain confidence with each critique. You learn to problem-solve and always have a backup plan.”
Dr. Herron presented the candidates for graduation and Dr. McCormick conferred the degrees and certificates. Earlier in May, the College held an honors convocation for students with the highest academic achievement in each program. MCC also presented the Chambers Awards to graduates with the highest grade point average. They include Ms. Rohrig, the salutatorian, Austin S. Brooks (Metuchen), and Matthew J. Cassisi (South River), Amanda N. Fernandez (Colonia), Julissa Gesumaria (Woodbridge), Kaitlin Gray (Middletown), Matthew M. Guerrero (Perth Amboy), Isabelle Gunn (New Brunswick), Sarai Jacqueline McCullough-Garcia (Madison), Larson C. Pushard Hutchinson (Cherry Hill), Alexander Lewis (New Brunswick), Amber Scalera (Princeton), Rashmiben M. Shah (Monroe Township), and Kendall C. Westbrook (East Brunswick).