"Something Wonderful" at Mercer County Community College's
Commencement Ceremonies

5-24-06

WEST WINDSOR, NJ: Humberto Solis, the student speaker at Mercer County Community College's commencement ceremonies on May 25, wrote a song in the college's honor. His speech, and his song "Something Wonderful, Something Good," elicited tears and cheers from the graduates and their family members.

Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid opened the ceremonies by relating that over the past 39 years, 29,000 students have graduated from Mercer. This year's graduates number 834, with the largest numbers in Nursing and Humanities and Social Science programs.

Keynote speaker Christy Stephenson, CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, encouraged the graduates to find their passion in life. "The passion that we have is how we reach out to other people."

Solis echoed her words when he spoke about going after his dream. The career-changer and father of four spoke about overcoming illness to be re-energized by his studies at Mercer. "I finally had some steak to chew," he said.

Solis is the first graduate of the college's new "Entertainment Technology" program. He has been active with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. This fall he will enter Temple University's program in "Film Media Arts." Now a resident of Willingboro, he grew up in Trenton.

The college presented awards and scholarships to outstanding graduates at an Honors Convocation on May 24.

For more information about graduation and profiles of some outstanding students, click here for "The View from the President's Office."

 

 

 

Humberto Solis delivering the student address at Commencement.

Hunberto Solis receives his diploma from Board Vice Chair William Coleman Jr., left, and Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid.

Graduates in the Nursing and Health professions prepare to take their seats.

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