Record Number of Graduates in the Class of 2013
Over 275 degrees and certificates will be awarded tonight at the 41st commencement at Quinebaug Valley Community College. The ceremony will be held outdoors in the Richard Berry Amphitheater.
This year's guest speaker is Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College and a 1978 graduate of QVCC. Rita Anand and Brian Rivard, members of the college's first graduating class (1973) will serve as banner bearers. Pasquerella will lead the processional as the mace bearer, an honor bestowed on a QVCC graduate.
Representing the graduating class will be Virginia-Desi Dykstra, the student speaker, who was selected by a college committee. A resident of Brooklyn, she is receiving an associate's degree in early childhood education and will transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University.
This year's Quinebaug Valley Community Merit Award will be presented at commencement to Ray Coombs, president of Westminster Tool, Inc. The award recognizes extraordinary service or lifetime commitment to a community or technical college.