James Kerney Campus Celebrates Achievement
of graduates and their family members packed the War Memorial's
Patriots Theatre on May 9 to celebrate the academic achievements
of James Kerney Campus program graduates. High spirits combined
with heartfelt words of encouragement for those completing both
credit and noncredit programs.
Dr. Beverly Richardson opened the program she said 28 credit program
graduates, who began their studies at the James Kerney campus
or took most of thir courses there, would be among those honored.
In the noncredit programs the honorees included 14 Career Training
Institute graduates in the Culinary program and 36 in the Office
record 83 graduates completed the GED program, 14 of whom will
be taking credit courses at Mercer. Of the 85 graduates of the
English Language Institute, 15 will be attending credit courses.
These students come from 35 different countries."It doesn't
get any better than this," Richardson said.
speaker Anyak Boul, who came to the US in 2004 from Sudan and
is graduating from the English Language Institute, gave an inspiring
talk about his journey from Sudan to Egypt to America. "This
is my really big dream -- to get my GED and go to college, and
I will never quit. For those of you who have the opportunity to
continue your studies, do not quit. Try to surround yourself with
people who accept their dreams and finish their goals."
major Nyanda Kamara was the student speaker for credit programs.
She has been accepted at several colleges and will be transferring
for her bachelor's degree. Nyanda came to the US seven years ago
from Sierra Leone.
speaker Nyanda Kamara, who earned an associate degree in math, spoke for
many when she said, "The James Kerney Campus was not only a learning
institution, it was a home for me. I was able to talk to my professors
when things weren't going well in my education or personal life. Counselors
were always there when needed."
JKC Awards Night photos here