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First Group of Students Graduate from Regis Satellite Campus in Lawrence

Submitted by on May 17, 2017 – 6:23 pm

NECC graduate Yanina Vasquez received her bachelor’s in public health from Regis earlier this month, having taken all of her bachelor’s courses on NECC’s Lawrence Campus. Yanina is shown with Antoinette Hays, president of Regis, and Noemi Custodia Lora, vice president of the Lawrence campus and community relations, NECC.

Regis, a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston, announced the first group of students have earned bachelor’s degrees from its satellite campus at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) in Lawrence. The students participated in commencement at the university’s main campus in Weston.

“These students represent our efforts to provide an educational ladder to reach better opportunities for them and their families,” said President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “We’re thrilled with their achievements and look forward to seeing where their future endeavors take them.”

“The partnership between Northern Essex Community College and Regis has opened a new gateway for college success. Regis North offers residents of Lawrence a chance to obtain a four-year degree right here at home,” said Mayor Daniel Rivera. “I am excited for the first graduating class of Regis North and I congratulate the students on their academic success. I look forward to many more Regis North graduations and partnerships in the future.”

“Regis North has expanded higher educational options available in Lawrence and it’s also benefited our students and graduates, allowing them to continue their education close to home while working in their fields. We’re looking forward to working together with Regis to grow this program,” said NECC President Lane Glenn.

Yanina Vasquez of Lowell with the bachelor’s in public health she received from Regis while taking courses in Lawrence.

Yanina Vasquez earned an associate’s in radiologic technology from NECC and will graduate with a bachelor’s in public health from Regis. She plans to enter graduate school at Regis in the fall to earn her master’s in Health Administration. Originally from the Dominican Republic, her goal is to help the Spanish-speaking community through health care.

“Regis and NECC continue to provide crucial services to students who may not have access to higher education. I’m humbled and honored to receive a bachelor’s in public health from Regis and look forward to earning a master’s as well. As a mother, I understand the importance of health care to everyone, both young and old. With these two degrees, I’ll be able to achieve a lifelong dream of helping those in need in the Spanish-speaking community.”

In 2015, Regis opened its campus in Lawrence to bring new educational and professional opportunities in the high-demand health care industry to Lawrence and area residents. Students are required to earn an associate’s degree from NECC before admission to Regis.

Once enrolled at Regis, students are able to complete all of their required coursework at the satellite campus that is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Additionally, all students who receive their bachelor’s in nursing also receive a minor in public health, reflecting the university’s strong commitment to education in health care, not just for the individual but the entire community as well.

The university’s nursing program is one of only 19 in the country recognized as a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. In June 2016, the Nursing Schools Almanac named Regis one of the country’s top nursing schools.

To learn more about Regis North, visit the website.


Regis is a leading Catholic university in greater Boston with over 1,900 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the arts, sciences and health professions devoted to engage, serve and advance in a global community. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the third time. The intergenerational and multifaceted Weston campus includes a pre-school and a Life Long Learning program (LLARC) for senior adults with a passion for learning. Regis North, a satellite campus in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is an initiative of the Regis Institute of Advancing Studies (IAS) in partnership with Northern Essex Community College (NECC) and dedicated to bachelor’s degree completion in nursing, public health and other health sciences. Regis is also an Apple Distinguished School for 2016-2018. Visit Regis at



Northern Essex Community College offers over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, 8,500 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,600 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.

The college offers 10 associate degrees and 13 certificates in high-demand health care fields, ranging from an associate degree in nursing to a certificate in sleep technology. For a full list of health care programs, visit the website: