Aroostook County – Northern Maine Community College celebrated graduation for 245 students earning associate degrees and certificates during commencement exercises at the Forum in Presque Isle on Saturday, May 16.

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NMCC President Timothy Crowley thanked the taxpayers of the State of Maine for their part in making education possible at the Community College and thanked graduates for sharing their educational experience with NMCC.

“You have become an educated person.  Now focus on your heart. The intersection of your skills and passion is where your heart is.  Letting your heart shine through your work will make a difference in your success,” advised Crowley.

The Executive Director of the Maine School of Science and Math, Luke Shorty delivered the commencement address, reminding students to reflect, celebrate and prepare.

“Take the time to reflect on how you arrived in this spot today…were there moments of difficulty where you were surprised at your own strength?” said Shorty.  “Be sure to give thanks to the people who supported and helped you get to this momentous occasion…and prepare for what is next.”

Student of the Year and student speaker Duska Kingsbury of Mars Hill encouraged her classmates.

“We have made sacrifices and altered our lifestyles to make learning a priority, and we have devoted time and energy to our goals.  It is because of this that we needn’t fear our future.  We have proven our resilience, our commitment to hard work and perseverance, and developed our ability to adapt to life’s obligations,” said Kingsbury.

Kingsbury also presented a generous gift on behalf of the graduating class and the Student Senate supporting the Harold Quass and Dick West scholarships.

During the ceremony, life sciences instructor Gregory Thompson was presented with the President’s award for his outstanding commitment to his academic discipline and dedication to his students.

“Greg has provided hundreds of Nursing and Allied Health students with a solid foundation in the life sciences.  Throughout 14 years at NMCC, he has built a reputation as a fair, committed and exceptionally capable faculty member with high standards who is respected by faculty and students,” said Crowley.

Mark Bouchard, President of the Alumni and Friends Organization congratulated the class and welcomed them as the newest members of the NMCC alumni.

Those in attendance were invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony.

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