James Kerney Campus Celebrates Academic Achievement
May 12, 2009
Windsor, N.J.: Excitement was in the air at Trenton's War Memorial
building on May 12, when the James Kerney Campus of Mercer County
Community College hosted an enthusiastic audience for its Celebration
of Academic Achievement. Receiving awards and certificates were
209 students who completed both credit and noncredit programs.
Keynote speaker Maurice L. Coleman
of Bank of America clearly inspired the large audience of students,
their families, faculty, staff and board members. A Trenton Central
High School graduate, he told the story of his mother, who, after
having three children, returned to college at MCCC, continued her
education, then taught school for three decades. Coleman credits
both his parents for his success because they always put education
The event honored
students who have completed their programs -- both credit and noncredit
-- at the James Kerney Campus. Professor Alvyn Haywood served as
master of ceremonies, and Provost Monica Weaver welcomed guests
and presented awards.
56 degree program graduates began their studies at the James Kerney
campus or took most of their classes there. They will also be part
of the college's graduation ceremonies on May 21.
Also receiving awards were 45 graduates of the Career Training Institute,
which prepares students for office and culinary careers, 50 graduates
of the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) program, and 58 English
Language Institute graduates from 20 different countries.
students were presented with scholarships. Donors include the Urban
League Guild, the Metropolitan Trenton African American Chamber
of Commerce, the Arthur J. Holland Scholarship Fund, named for the
former mayor of Trenton, and two anonymous donors.
speakers who represented their programs, from left, were Adren Paul-Coker,
associate degree graduate; Greg Ostrum, Career Training Institute;
Mariana Ampie, English Language Institute; and Lawrence Foreman, GED
keynote speaker Maurice Coleman of Bank of America told the story
of his success. He is a Trenton Central High School graduate.
paid tribute to two long-term MCCC administrators, Dean Edward Frederick
and Vice President Beverly Richardson. Mrs. Frederick and Mr. Richardson
are at right.
During a special tribute, with the beautiful
voice of the late Director of Admissions Don Jones on audio, a group of
small children walked down the central aisle to the stage holding international
flags and singing "We are the World." Escorted by Provost Monica
Weaver, the children joined in thanking two long-time administrators at
the James Kerney Campus, Dean Edward Frederick and MCCC Vice President
Beverly Richardson, who retired in May. Both received awards of appreciation.
The event concluded with
refreshments prepared by Career Training Institute culinary students.