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MCCC Awards 1,098 Degrees at Commencement Ceremonies May 26

5/31/11

West Windsor, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College (MCCC) awarded 1,098 associate degrees and certificates at Commencement ceremonies on May 26.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Richard K. Greenfield, served as the college’s first president from 1966 to 1975.  He spoke about the planning and building of the West Windsor campus, which was dedicated in 1972, as the college transitioned from Trenton Junior College to Mercer County Community College. “As members of the rising generation you will form the core leadership of our country…. You have had the personal courage to change your lives in response to your needs and aspirations.”

Student speaker Marissa Segal, a Dean’s List student, was captain of the MCCC soccer team.  A Liberal Arts graduate, she plans to transfer to Westchester University this fall to study Biology, with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant. She was selected to represent the college at the 25th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day in February of 2011, and credits athletics with helping her become the person she is today. "I do not accept failure,” she said. “Mercer has put me in a place where I’m ready to move on.  I blossomed here.”

MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue presented the Distinguished Teaching Award to Mathematics Associate Professor Yvonne Greenbaun. The recipient of the annual award is chosen by students, faculty and staff, and is kept secret until Commencement day.

A nontraditional student who returned to college at MCCC while working full-time at Johnson & Johnson, Greenbaun said she loves her job.  “When I teach I want my students to see the power and the beauty of mathematics in every day life…and so I try to convey to them more than the nuts and bolts of mathematics.”

 

 

Dr. Richard K. Greenfield, the first president of MCCC, during his keynote address.
Associate Professor Yvonne Greenbaun speaks after accepting the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award. MCCC Vice President Guy Generals is in the background.

Student speaker Marissa Segal receives her diploma from MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, right. At left is MCCC Trustee Gwendolyn Harris.

Dr. Donohue also congratulated the graduates on their academic accomplishments and thanked them for their many community service activities, including raising thousands of dollars for charities and volunteering for many charitable organizations.

Preceding Commencement ceremonies, the college hosted an Honors Convocation where more than 300 awards and scholarships were presented to high achieving students, including endowed scholarships funded by community donors.

 

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