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May 21, 2009
The Middlesex County College Class of 2009 was graduated today at the 42nd annual commencement exercises. 1118 students received Associate Degrees in Arts, Science, Fine Arts, Applied Science and Certificates of Achievement in ceremonies witnessed by more than 3500 guests under sunny skies on the College green.
Valedictorian Mr. Saarth Shah delivered the class welcome, sharing his experiences and aspirations since emigrating from India two years ago. Mr. Shah earned a 4.0 grade point average as a Computer Science student and served as an officer of Phi Theta Kappa, the undergraduate honor society. He will continue his education at Rutgers University.
Approximately 545 members of the Class of 2009 participated in the exercises, representing the 304 graduates of January 2009, 553 of May 2009 and 261 who completed studies in August 2008. Participants included several students who fulfilled the requirements for more than one degree or certificate during this academic year.
Dr. Karen L. Hays, vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, presided. Greetings were delivered by Dr. Joann LaPerla-Morales, College president; Dorothy K. Power, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Ronald G. Rios, Freeholder Liaison to Middlesex County College.
Dr. Beverly Simon, Computer Science and Information Technology professor emerita who retired in December 2008, led the academic processional as Grand Marshal. She served the College for more than 28 years.
Dr. LaPerla-Morales, sixth president of the College, conferred degrees and certificates of achievement to the graduates, who were introduced by Deans Marilyn Laskowski-Sachnoff and Dr. Reginald K. Luke. Dr. Hays presented the candidates for graduation and conferred the Frank M. Chambers Award for Academic Excellence to four graduates, in recognition of their earning the highest grade point averages of the class.
At the conclusion of the graduation ceremonies, the College hosted a luncheon in honor of the graduates and their guests.