NCC has a long tradition of inviting distinguished students to be Commencement Speakers. The college believes that the personal stories of striving, determined students are as compelling as those of any politician, local notable or celebrity.
The student speakers chosen this year were Blythe Serrano, a physics major, and Rebecca Reineke, an accounting major.
As a student at NCC, Blythe has been nothing short of an overachiever. She was the president of the STEM club, secretary of student government, a teaching assistant for the sciences, and a performer in college musicals. She maintained a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the Honors Program.
Blythe was granted a CT-Next Research Grant of Entrepreneurship to work on original products for her own company. She worked in the college’s Makerspace as an intern, helping other students learn how to use the Makerspace’s digital manufacturing resources. She is a member of a jazz ensemble in New York City and volunteers at a music camp. She has been accepted with a full scholarship to Northeastern University’s Honors Program. She plans to major in Math and Physics and pursue a career in epidemiology. She is 16 years old.
Rebecca Reineke (shown in photo)
Rebecca came to Connecticut from North Dakota in 2007. In addition to being a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Accounting Society and Career Success Club, she also served as a Student Ambassador and Embedded Tutor on campus.
She worked full-time while attending NCC full-time and she interned at Abramson & Co., all while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. She has been accepted to Sacred Heart University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.