Saturday, May 16 was a very special day for the 1300 graduates who received associate degrees and certificates from Northern Essex Community College.
In her commencement address, Helen Ubiñas, an award winning columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News, who is a former editor of the Observer, NECC’s student newspaper, and attended the college in the early 1990’s, told graduates “Your voice matters!” Read Helen’s speech.
Justin Merced, the student speaker, graduated from the college’s Honors Experience with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, Writing Option. He served as a medic in the Iraq War and, as a result of his experiences, plans to be a doctor. He will transfer to Rutgers University in New Jersey in the fall where he will major in pre-med. Read Justin’s speech.
HC Media live streamed commencement, allowing friends and relatives who couldn’t attend to watch the ceremony live on their computers. If you would like a DVD of the ceremony, please contact HC media, 978-372-8070 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will make a copy for you for a fee of $10. You may view the full video here.
You can also view photos of commencement on the college’s Facebook page.
Next year’s commencement—the college’s 54th—will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 so mark your calendars now. We will be updating this site with details closer to the day so keep checking in!