209 earn Associate's degrees, certificates at WMCC
|Gloria Tremblay of Berlin received the Chancellors’ Service Excellence Award from Vice Chancellor Dr. Charles Annal, left, at Friday’s 44th commencement exercises at White Mountains Community College in Berlin while guest speaker Dick Ober looks on. Tremblay is retiring from her position as Administrative Assistant to the President, where she has worked with four college presidents. (click for larger version)|
May 25, 2011BERLIN — Two hundred and nine graduates received the certificates and Associate's degrees they had earned on Friday afternoon at the 44th annual commencement at White Mountains Community College (WMCC).
WMCC president Katharine Eneguess welcomed an audience of proud parents, family members, children, adult children, friends and colleagues, all seated in a spacious white tent.
Faculty members beamed as the students they had mentored and taught crossed the stage, one by one, to receive their hard-earned diplomas and certificates.
Dick Ober, co-author of "The Northern Forest" and president and CEO of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, addressed the graduates, urging them to find a balance between being strong, independent individuals and members of a community; to help others and "give back," even if in small ways; and to "know the ground," recognizing the enduring power of place.
Ober noted that he had found satisfaction in working in the nonprofit sector, as do one in eight of New Hampshire's citizens, and suggested to 2011 graduates that they consider it as a career path.
Ober said he was struck by the diversity of subject matter that those graduating had studied and added that he hoped many would remain in New Hampshire.
Jeff Richards of Canaan, Vt., who had earned the highest cumulative grade point average, received the President's Award from Eneguess.
Two students spoke: Student Senate president Marie Allbee of Berlin; and Kayla McLain, president of Phi Theta Kappa.
Louis Poulin and Tina Lunderville served as Class Marshals.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Charles Annal awarded Gloria Tremblay the Chancellor's Award for Service Excellence. As Administrative Assistant to the President and Human Resources Rep., Tremblay has worked cheerfully and efficiently on the Berlin campus with four college presidents and is now looking forward to retirement.
Professor of Human Services Sue Ellen Dunn was presented by Annal with the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.
Richard P. Smith, president of Southworth-Milton, Inc. of Hopkinton, received the only honorary degree.
Past chairman Claudette Mahar of Amherst brought greetings from the Board of Trustees.
Vice President of Academic and Corporate Affairs Frank Clulow played a key role in the exercises. Ron Goyette sang the "National Athem," and Travis Catello played keyboard.