Byline: Steven H. Foskett Jr.
WORCESTER - Quinsigamond Community College President Gail E. Carberry said that the class of 2013 was not only the school's largest graduating class, but also its best.
"The community is not going to know what hit them," Ms. Carberry told the more than 1,300 graduates gathered at the DCU Center for commencement Friday.
Even before Friday, graduates already had climbed tall mountains, Ms. Carberry said. They coped with the challenges of a "mini-economic depression" that hit the U.S. starting around 2008; they battled major illness; they lost parents, friends and loved ones; they had their education interrupted by military service.
"There's little I can advise you on what it is to face the real world," Ms. Carberry said.
Banded together by a common set of experiences, the graduates have also demonstrated individual talent. And they have been nurtured by a community of caring people, she said.
State Rep. Mary Keefe, D-Worcester, said QCC is building quite a reputation for itself outside the area.
She said the college's growth and expansion come at the right time for the area. She said she was at a forum with Commonwealth Corps. recently, where it was said Central Massachusetts is showing the strongest job growth of any part of the state. She said she attributes part of that growth to the college. She said she is proud of the direction in which Quinsigamond Community College is headed, and that it is a direction that inspires all of the college's students.
Professor George Fitch gave the faculty address. He told the graduates they should be proud of themselves.
"Set your jets on fire, set yourselves on fire, this is your time," Mr. Fitch said.
In his student greeting, Clement Adamah said it was a day to cherish not only for the graduates, but also for their friends and family. He said it's time to go out and put their degrees to good use.
"Why buy a new car and not use it?" Mr. Adamah asked. "Why come to school and not use the resources you've already paid for?"
The following students graduated Friday:
Associate in Applied Science
Charlton: James Stoddard
Dudley: James Standring
Hopedale: Garrett Smith
Hopkinton: Leo Kopec
Hudson: Andrew Jensen
Marlboro: Michael Gillis
Millbury: Jamie Guzzetti
North Brookfield: Daniel Befford
Orange: Arthur Savage
Oxford: Thomas ScahillWebster: Stephen Kohut, Raymond Libby
Westford: Kathleen Flynn
Winchendon: Martin Duval
Worcester: Jonathan Cederlund, Julio Santana, John Semavor, Michael Tortora
Associate in Arts
Auburn: Cassandra Cataldo, Amanda Dulmaine, Kevin Hurstak, Hannah Lane, Calli McLean, Carrie Orth, Katherine Pace, Jennifer Stockenberg, Maria Trigiano
Barre: Scott Blaydes
Berlin: Nathaniel Taylor
Blackstone: Yolande Deryck
Boylston: Mark Lambert, Lorah Linnell, Kimberly Mann
Brookfield: Amy Jefferson, Joseph Shirley
Charlton: Kristina Bylund, Michael Flynn, Patricia Harris, Edward Moran
Cherry Valley: Brooke Breault, Kevin Njogu, Kristen Stuart
Clinton: AlfredJoseph Allen, Jamie Delmonico, Stephanie Traylor
East Douglas: Beth Bergstrom, Dylan Latimer, Cynthia Plantinga
Fitchburg: Irene Berantuo, April-Lynn Forest, Martha Quirk
Gardner: Jamie Lynch, Shayla Thomas
Grafton: Erich DeLorie
Holden: Nicole Brooks, Jennifer DeWitt, Daniel Griffin, Heather Grimes, Michael Grinnell, Daniel King, Todd Miller, Jenny Parker, Cathleen Ramsdell, Abdelkrim Saihi, Sebastian Vasquez
Holland: Christine Croke
Hopedale: Marianna Doyle
Hopkinton: Amanda Horan, Ruth Richardson
Jefferson: Timothy Campbell, Emily McCarthy
Lancaster: Tyler Medeiros, Kalen Stafford
Leicester: Karisa Badosa, Michael Belanger, Crystal Eager, Robert Jarobski, Kelley Norris, Serena Smith
Leominster: Anthony Calabro, Gonzalo Silva, Kayla Tata
Marlboro: Jennifer DiBuono, Jillian Sottile
Milford: Andrew Bettina, Marilia Bonorino, Bethany Vignone, Carolynn Williams
Millbury: Jerrica Bradshaw, Maria Brohin, Daisy Chege, Careena Connors, James Fitzpatrick
North Brookfield: Melinda Cummings
North Grafton: Rochelle Bechard, Samantha Schroeder, Nicholas Tonelli
North Oxford: Christopher Basiul, Emily Mangaudis
Northboro: Krystal Bellizzi, Jared Tetreault, Holly Turner
Northbridge: Pantelis Berdos, Rachel Curtis, Nicholas Hadley, Caitlyn Langlois
Oakham: Victoria Bollivar, Shelley Chase, Evan Hendra
Oxford: Joshua Biernacki, Alexander Buel, Megan Gray, Paul Joyce, Cassie Kimball, Gloria Liseno, Gayle Longtin, Natalie Marcotte, Heaven Pajala, Scott Patterson, Tammy Rebello, Brittney Stisitis, Jorge Vazquez
Paxton: Caitlin Clapp, Kimberly Stalmok
Rochdale: Marlise Grammatic, Erica O'Rourke
Rutland: Lindsey Drakos, Michael LaPorte, Bethany Willson
Shrewsbury: Jennifer Carr, Shi Chen, Patricia Colonies, Nicole Dickson, Tina Dupont, Billie Farley, Ruth Febo, Amy Godfrey, David Harrington, Jenna Hartman, Timothy Lacroix, Erika McKenzie, Fatouma Morou Hima, Kaylee Rodriguez, Elizabeth Stewart
South Grafton: Behzad Bakhshandeh, Amber Charest, Michael Sutherland
Southboro: Amanda Lambert
Southbridge: Jesse Brousseau, Wander Cristian, Alicia Daoust, Annie Houendjou-Badjio, Christine Krikorian, Kirsten Larson, Patricia Macneil, Sarah Peloquin, Maegan Quinn, Stephanie Smith, Abigail St. Laurent
Spencer: Donna Barber, Brendan Carlson, Matthew Dainys, Donna Leo, Daniel Mongeon, Randi Mull, Nicole Philbrick, Jennifer Stewart, Tracy Tabicas
Sterling: William Aubin, Matthew Finizio, Kaitlyn Walsh
Sturbridge: Sue Fafard-Desrosiers, Tanya Gilman, Owen Perreault, Joshua Perry
Sutton: Stephanie Antaya, Britany Berube, Adisson Kahale, Sylvia Louw, Nicole Novak, Amanda Perreault
Thompson: Nicole Berry
Wales: William Bozenhard
Warren: Eleanor Blodgett
Webster: Leah Bellavance, Albert Bercume, Michelle Daigle, Aleshia LeBeau, Amanda Lincoln, Chesney O'Neill, Jessica Rydzewski...