57th Commencement Exercises Held

Norwalk Community College held its 57th annual Commencement at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. It was the second year that the commencement was held at the arena.

NCC had 715 degree candidates and 80 certificate candidates for graduation.

The graduating class included six military veterans and active duty military. Sixty-four percent of graduates were in the first generation in their family to earn a college degree. Nearly 20 percent of the graduating class had a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Graduates ranged in age from 16 to 78 years old.

Aviva Budd presented greetings from the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. David L. Levinson, Ph.D., President of Norwalk Community College and Vice President, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), addressed the graduating class.

The Commencement Speakers were graduating students Blythe Serrano, a Physics major and Rebecca Reineke, an Accounting major.

NCC Dean of Students Kelli Byrd Danso  presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award to married couple Linda Rivera and Trinell Ball, both members of the NCC Class of 2004. Rivera works as a digital strategy engineer with Pratt & Whitney in Hartford and serves on the advisory board of NCC’s NSF project to increase  the number of women in STEM occupations. She has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. Ball  graduated from NCC with high honors and completed his Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College. He is a senior analyst, Future Society and Mobility Vision with Toyota Info Technology Center in New York.

President Levinson presented the Distinguished Service Award to Norwalk ACTS. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to improve the lives of the children of Norwalk through a diverse partnership of civic leaders, educators and organizations. Its initiatives include digital learning, English language learner education, TEAM Summer and Transitions.

Aviva Budd from the Board of Regents presented an honorary degree to Tracy K. Smith, the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light. Smith was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction. Her most recent collection of poems, Wade in the Water (Graywolf, 2018) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Entertainment was provided by the NCC Choir, under the direction of Dr. Christine Mangone;  and a jazz band led by Admissions Counselor Alfred Thomas, who dedicated an original song to President Levinson in honor of his retirement.

 

 

 

Graduation 2019