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NECC Commencement

Commencement 2017
 male and femal graduating students in cap and gown with another young man not in regalia
 two young female students with matching purple hair
Daniela Chavez-Hernandez, the student speaker, at the podium
female student in decorated hat -that says made it to top, now back to preschool
female student with toddler baby girl
male and female adult children with signs saying -moms our hero -necco thats where my mommy goes
male student in line in regalia
matt noyes at podium his hand raised toward the sky
president glenn at the podium
president glenn with matt noyes, under an umbrella
smiling female student in line
smiling female student leaning against a tree
student with decorated hat that says - for you mom and dad - rip

Congratulations to the NECC Class of 2017!

Over 1,100 associate degrees and certificates were awarded to students from all over the Merrimack Valley at Northern Essex Community College’s 55th Commencement on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

In his commencement address, Matt Noyes, NBC Boston’s chief meteorologist, spoke about authenticity and shared some of the challenges he’s faced in his life.

Noyes advised the graduates not to “bury the junk—and pretend it never happened.” “Your baggage, my baggage, all of our baggage—it’s an unavoidable tell-tale sign of a well-traveled life.”

Noyes is a lifelong resident of Haverhill, who took Calculus at Northern Essex while a student at Cornell University, an experience he said opened doors for him.

Here is Noyes’ Speech (PDF).

Daniela Chavez-Hernandez, the student speaker, graduated with high honors and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. 

A Mexican immigrant, Chavez-Hernandez hoped to dispel some myths about immigrants by sharing her story of hard work and a commitment to higher education.

“In my opinion, what makes NECC a great institution, and is truly its biggest strength, is its diversity among students, professors, advisors, and administrative staff….I’m thankful to be part of a community working towards acceptance and understanding of differences, one that embraces what makes us unique.”

Here is Chavez-Hernandez’s Speech (PDF).

HC Media live streamed commencement, allowing friends and relatives who couldn’t attend to watch the ceremony live.  If you would like a DVD of the ceremony, please contact HC media, 978 372-8070 or info@mediahc.org, and they will make a copy for you for a fee of $10.

Here’s a full list of 2017 graduates (PDF).  You can also view photos of commencement on the college’s Facebook page.

Next year’s commencement—the college’s 56th—will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 so mark your calendars now.  We will be updating this site with details closer to the day so keep checking in!