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NECC Commencement

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Congratulations to the NECC Class of 2016!

Saturday, May 21, 2016 was a very special day for the more than 1000 graduates who received associate degrees and certificates from Northern Essex Community College.

In her commencement address, Attorney Wendy Estrella, a 1994 graduate of Northern Essex, shared her personal story, calling the college “a game changer.” 

“My story is like so many others in the United States of America.  I am an immigrant who migrated to this country at the age of 13 not knowing a word of English…Today, I’m living the American dream thanks to this wonderful country of opportunities,” she said.  Read Wendy’s speech (PDF).

Ray Florent, the student speaker, graduated with high honors and an Associate in Science Elementary Education.  A former welder, he enrolled at Northern Essex after a serious workplace injury. 

“When you experience losses, sometimes you think your options have narrowed but there are gains to be made from your losses. …It’s never too late for change.”  Read Ray’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. You can also view the video by streaming it on their website.

Here’s a full list of 2016 graduates (PDF).  You can also view photos of commencement on the college’s Facebook page.

Next year’s commencement—the college’s 55th—will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 so mark your calendars now.  We will be updating this site with details closer to the day so keep checking in!