WEST WINDSOR – The fourth annual William Paterson University (WPU) at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) graduation on May 8 was the biggest yet, with nearly 50 bachelor’s degree candidates and their families celebrating the educational milestone during a ceremony at The Conference Center at Mercer.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate, to reflect, and to congratulate one another,” said Dr. Warren Sandman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at WPU. “This is also a chance to thank your family for supporting you both at Mercer and William Paterson."
Through the WPU at Mercer program, associate degree graduates can continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degree on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus. Degrees are offered in Early Childhood Education, Liberal Studies, and Psychology.
“Some of you had obstacles to overcome in getting your associate degree, but graduating from this fine institution (WPU) is truly commendable,” Sue Zambrio, MCCC’s Assistant Vice President for Academic Operations, told the graduates. “We are proud to include you on our list of Mercer success stories.”
Jennifer McKay, an Education major, was the recipient of the WPU at Mercer Student Academic Excellence Award. McKay characterized earning her degree as just one more step in a greater journey.
“I believe it is safe to say that students who go through the WPU at Mercer program are not your traditional students,” McKay said. “But in some ways, it makes our journey more exciting and more fulfilling.
“I can only hope that my future career as a teacher will allow me to touch lives just as the professors and students here at Mercer have touched mine.”
WPU is one of four partners that make up MCCC’s University Center, which includes Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Felician College, all of which offer bachelor’s degree programs at Mercer.
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