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Mercer County Community College Announces 57th Annual Commencement Speaker

Trenton Police Detective, Tomika L. Sommers, will address the Class of 2024


WEST WINDSOR, NJ – Tomika L. Sommers, a Detective with the Community Affairs Unit of the Trenton, NJ Police Department, will deliver the keynote address at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) 57th commencement on Friday, May 24. A native Trentonian and proud Mercer alum, Sommers received her associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from MCCC in 2011.

“Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a police officer,” she said. “I had the opportunity to participate in youth programs at MCCC, so it felt natural to return to the College for my education.” Driven by a desire for continuous learning, Sommers pursued further academic achievements, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Jack Welch Management Institute. She also holds an associate’s degree in Transportation from the Community College of the Air Force.

Sommers credits her military experience and MCCC for preparing her to deal with challenges and hone her leadership, problem-solving, and teamwork skills which have laid the groundwork for her 19-year tenure with the police department. From roles as patrol officer to school resource officer, and special victims unit, Sommers is dedicated to giving back to the community both at home and abroad. After learning about Rise Up Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those in need, Sommers “put boots on the ground” and volunteered to provide essential support for people suffering in Kenya.

“We are excited and proud to welcome Detective Sommers as our distinguished commencement speaker,” said MCCC President, Dr. Deborah E. Preston. “Through her commitment to education, community service, and mentoring the next generation, Detective Sommers truly embodies the ideals and mission of Mercer County Community College.”

A staunch advocate for justice, fairness, and education, Sommers is honored to be this year’s keynote speaker. “MCCC is where it started for me,” she said. “It is home base. It grounds you and gives you all the tools you need to succeed. I am humbled and I want to show students that you can be anywhere and you can do all things.”

About Mercer County Community College

Established in 1966, Mercer County Community College is a publicly supported comprehensive institution that provides opportunities for higher education through an open-door admission policy. The scenic 292-acre West Windsor Campus was opened in 1972 to serve the needs of Mercer County residents. MCCC’s James Kerney Campus, located in downtown Trenton, serves as an educational and cultural hub for city residents that meets the changing needs of thousands of students and community members seeking educational fulfillment and personal and career growth. President: Deborah E. Preston, Ph.D.;

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