Middlesex Community College (MxCC) conducted its 53rd annual commencement ceremony online Thursday, June 4. In total, 364 students earned 406 associate degrees and certificates, with several students receiving multiple diplomas.
Among the Class of 2020 are 18 military veterans, 20 foreign/international students and two incarcerated graduates from Cheshire Correctional Institute who will receive degrees during a later ceremony.
The oldest graduate is 66 years old, and the youngest is 15. One graduate began classes at Middlesex in 1987 and attended on and off during the next 33 years before completing the necessary requirements to graduate this year. The class also includes two pairs of siblings (a brother and sister and two sisters) plus a mother and daughter.
Jacob Murphy, who grew up without a standard formal education, said he was understandably nervous when he first considered attending college. Murphy, an engineering science major from Berlin, gave the Class of 2020 student address.
“When I considered my MxCC experience, I’m reminded of what it takes to facilitate student self-actualization. It takes a dedicated team of faculty and staff members and students alike — all working toward the same goal,” said Murphy.
To his classmates, he added, “I have faith you will take the skills you have learned here, in conjunction the innate competence and willpower to get you to this point, and use them to usher us through these strange times.”
MxCC Chief Executive Officer Steven Minkler, Ed.D., presided over the online recognition ceremony.
“Tonight we gather as one. We are a united community that believes in this college, believes in our mission to put students in the center of everything we do, and believes in each and every member of the Class of 2020,” Minkler said in his remarks.
Gov. Ned Lamont offered his congratulations from Hartford, saying this is a graduation “you will never forget.”
Middlesex Dean of Academic and Students Affairs Sharale Mathis introduced the class valedictorian, Abigail Brooke Ingalls, a veterinary technology major from Ledyard. Ingalls has worked at a veterinary clinic in Mystic and taught piano while in school. Her volunteer work includes building cat shelters and feeding stations.
Ingalls, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, was selected to be on the All-Connecticut Academic Team and is Connecticut’s only recipient of the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship.
As faculty members, academic program coordinators announced the names of every graduate. An audience of nearly 500 devices watched the event live. The college hopes to conduct an in-person commencement at a later date.
-- Press Release