Mercer County Community College to Hold
Commencement Ceremonies May 25

5-19-06

WEST WINDSOR, NJ: Mercer County Community College will hold its Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, May 25, beginning at 6 p.m. in the central quadrangle of the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. More than 900 students are graduating this year.

In the event of rain, commencement ceremonies will be held in the Physical Education Building.

The keynote speaker will be Christy Stephenson, CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton.

The student speaker will be Humberto Solis of Willingboro, formerly of Trenton, the first graduate of the college's new Entertainment Technology program. The Trenton-born career-changer once had his own radio show and has acted in plays at Kelsey Theatre. After attending classes at Mercer many years ago, he was pleased to return to earn a degree. A member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Solis did commercials for the society and participated in charity fundraising. The father of four, now a grandfather, will enter Temple University's program in "Film Media Arts" this fall. His family is behind his efforts and he is pleased to present an example to them.

On the evening before graduation, May 24, the college will host an Honors Convocation at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center on the West Windsor campus. Graduating students will be awarded scholarships and achievement awards.

MCCC Radiography faculty members Bill Petrosky and Sandra Kerr with graduate Kyle Williams in the Radiography lab.
Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid with Nursing valedictorian Barbara Flood and Acting Vice President Mark McCormick during a Nursing Program pinning and graduation ceremony.

Nursing major Barbara Flood has juggled two children, a part-time job, volunteer work as president of her Parent Teacher Organization and demanding course work to graduate with highest honors. A natural leader, Flood was voted valedictorian for the Nursing program's pinning and graduation ceremony and was cheered for her delivery of an outstanding speech. A career changer who worked in the computer field, she has secured a Nursing position with Capital Health System at Mercer. She is a resident of Hamilton.

Kyle Williams, a career changer, is graduating with an associate degree in Radiography at age 42. Formerly a computer technologist, the Dean's List student chose to pursue a medical profession because he enjoys helping people. For the past three years he has worked full-time as an emergency room technician while attending classes and completing his required clinical training. His schedule has left only four hours for sleep each night. Well known for his enthusiasm and work ethic, Williams has secured a full-time position with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as a CT Technologist. He plans to continue his education for a bachelor's degree in Radiography with the goal of becoming a Radiologist Assistant. He is the father of two.

Phi Theta Kappa All-State honoree Jessica Harhigh, a graduate of Hamilton High School West, attended Mercer on a full scholarship from NJSTARS, a state-funded scholarship for New Jersey's top high school graduates. She served on the college newspaper and worked as a volunteer with Special Olympics. Active in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society, Harhigh was selected as one of this year's PTK "All State Team" members and was honored by the Council of County Colleges. She has transferred to Rowan University where she will continue her studies in Communications. Her goal is to become a news anchor.

Phi Theta Kappa All-State honoree Marie Luisi served as president of MCCC's Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society. She attended Mercer on a full scholarship from NJSTARS, a state-funded scholarship for New Jersey's top high school graduates. Active in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, she participated in charity fundraisers and organized a raffle for the American Cancer Society. She was selected as one of this year's PTK "All State Team" members and was honored by the Council of County Colleges. Luisi earned her associate degree in Humanities and Social Science and will attend Rider University this fall to major in psychology. Her goal is to attend law school and pursue a legal career.

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