2011 Commencement at EMCC

May 27, 2011

Saturday, May 21st, marked the 44th Annual Commencement of Eastern Maine Community College.

Over 3000 community college students will graduate this month in the State of Maine and the 350 members of  the Eastern Maine Community College’s Class of 2011 are very diverse- with the youngest student graduating being 19 years old and the oldest, age 62. The Class of 2011 has representatives from each of the sixteen counties in Maine as well as many from other states and even countries. The academic caliber of these graduates is superior, with many already securing jobs in their fields or transferring on to four year colleges. 

 We are very proud of our mission as a transfer institution. It’s not unheard of for EMCC graduates to continue their education at top notch schools but this year five students are heading to selective institutions. Two international students Wook Heo and Hyungik “Josh” Jeon who are enrolled in EMCC’s Integrative English Training Program have been accepted into Vassar’s Exploring Transfer program, along with Morgan Talty, a Liberal Studies major. Exploring Transfer is an intensive summer program aimed at opening a path for community college students to continue their education at selective schools. In addition to the three students accepted into Vassar’s Exploring Transfer program, two graduating students Myungji “MJ” Choi and Shauna Strattonmeier will begin work on bachelor’s degrees at Mt. Holyoke College. MJ is a former Integrative English Program student and current Business Management major. Shauna Strattonmeier, herself an Exploring Transfer student, is a Liberal Studies major.

 U.S. Senator Susan Collins stopped in at the Bangor Civic Center as the students were preparing for the ceremony and was able to personally congratulate the 2011 graduates of the Medical Assisting Program, a program that is thriving thanks to federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  “What a heartwarming experience it was to help celebrate a new start in the lives of these students,” said U.S. Senator Susan Collins.  “EMCC’s Medical Assisting program provides students with extensive hands-on training in a field that desperately needs highly-skilled professionals.  More than that, it sets them on a new course in life toward exciting opportunities and a brighter future.  I congratulate each of them on this wonderful accomplishment.”

Eastern Maine Community College President Lawrence Barrett said this as he addressed the crowd on Saturday: “Each of our graduating students have a great story to tell about how they achieved their success today and stories are a powerful way to discuss their success , there are 300 stories out their today and I would encourage each of the graduates today to remember and cherish their story of success at Eastern Maine Community College. Remember today is just one chapter of that story but a very important one. I, and the audience today, can’t wait to see and read about the remaining chapters of your stories.”

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