Governor Corzine Speaks at MCCC Commencement
998 Graduate This Year


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine encouraged Mercer County Community College's 998 graduates to achieve their dreams as he spoke at Commencement Ceremonies May 21.

Citing that education is at the heart of all that we achieve, he said "Whatever your dreams are, it's possible. It's a step closer today and it represents the fact that you worked hard to achieve your objectives." He named several successful MCCC graduates and encouraged graduates to set their goals high, not only for themselves but for their children and their children's children.

Speaking on behalf of the student population, Information Technology major Rodney Hargis elicited cheers with his uplifting message and rousing delivery. Hargis is a returning student who overcame many hardships to achieve President's List status and a national technology award. He works as an analyst for MCCC's Virtual College. "Each of us, in our own way, is the embodiment of the 'never say die' spirit from which greatness is born. So I challenge each of you to search your heart, find your dreams, chase them down, and don't give up NO MATTER WHAT."

During the ceremony MCCC Professor Dori Seider was presented with the college's annual Distinguished Teaching Award. She was selected by her colleagues and students for her excellence in teaching, compassion, wisdom and optimism. Dr. Seider has taught a range of subjects at Mercer for 37 years, including psychology, French and education. She earned her doctorate from the University of Vermont and is the author of two books.

During a special presentation Board Chair, Rev. William Coleman Jr. read a proclamation of appreciation to MCCC Vice President Beverly Richardson, who is retiring this May. Since 1986 Dr. Richardson has served as dean, then provost, of the college's James Kerney Campus in downtown Trenton. Since 2005 she has been the college's vice president for college advancement. In her honor, the James Kerney Learning Center will be renamed the Dr. Beverly Richardson Learning Center.

County Executive Brian Hughes welcomed the graduates and their families. He was joined on the podium by county officials, freeholders, local mayors, members of the MCCC Board of Trustees and Foundation Board. The Mercer County Symphonic Band played the graduation march.

Governor Corzine speaks to MCCC graduates and their families.
MCCC Professor Dori Seider received the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Vice President Beverly A. Richardson received special recognition as she prepares to retire. The James Kerney Campus Learning Center will be renamed the Dr. Beverly A. Richardson Learning Center..
Happy graduates.

More Commencement Photos here.

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