James Kerney Campus Celebrates Achievement


Hundreds 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.

As 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 Automation program.

A 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.

Student 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."

Mathematics 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.

Student 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."

More JKC Awards Night photos here

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