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May 16, 2013
A total of 1324 graduates received 1385 degrees and certificates at the Middlesex County College Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 16. The 46th annual Commencement exercises were held in the Quad, in the middle of campus.
Valedictorian Christina Catalano of East Brunswick delivered the class welcome, sharing her experiences and aspirations. Ms. Catalano graduated in January and is now a student at Richard Stockton College.
Education is not a two-year, four-year, or even eight-year process,” she told the graduates. “Education lasts a lifetime. Everything we have learned here at Middlesex will only grow into more as we learn to apply our experience to our lives and our careers. Some of us are moving on to four-year universities, while others are ready to enter into new careers. Whichever direction you are headed in, remember where it all began: Middlesex County College. A college for achievers; a college for lost high school graduates to discover their path; a college for single mothers to go back to school to have the career they wanted; a college for post-graduates to enter a new field of study, expand their abilities, and excel their career; and a college for international students eager to take on a new opportunity in a new country.”
Approximately 650 members of the Class of 2013 participated in the exercises, representing the 319 graduates of August 2012, 361 of January 2013 and 644 of May 2013. Participants included several students who fulfilled the requirements for more than one degree or certificate during this academic year.
Dr. Ronald C. Goldfarb, interim vice president for academic and student affairs, presided. Greetings were delivered by Dr. Joann La Perla-Morales, College president; Thomas Tighe, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Ronald G. Rios, Freeholder director.
Dr. Fannie Gordon, assistant dean of student affairs, led the academic processional as grand marshal. Dr. La Perla-Morales, sixth president of the College, conferred degrees and certificates to the graduates, who were introduced by Dean Marilyn Laskowski-Sachnoff and Dean David Edwards. Dr. Goldfarb presented the candidates for graduation and conferred the Frank M. Chambers Award for Academic Excellence to 12 graduates, in recognition of their earning a 4.0 grade point average. Ms. Catalano is a Chambers Award winner and she is joined by the Salutatorian, Victoria Levi of Piscataway, and Jessica Yvonne Burton of North Brunswick, Samira A. Dodson of Plainsboro, Cynthia Galindo-Lopez of New Brunswick, Barbara Hroncova of East Brunswick, Camilia Quintana of Monmouth Junction, Ronald G. Rubanick of Carteret, Niki Nayan Amin of Metuchen, David A. Genovese of East Brunswick, Jeimy Karina Herrera Velasquez of Edison, and Ryan Matthew Wright of Milltown.