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QCC’s Commemorates 9/11

Solemn Ceremony Marks 10-Year Anniversary

Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at]

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Worcester, MA, September 9, 2011 – QCC will commemorate the 9/11 tragedy with a solemn ceremony on Tuesday, September 13, at the Worcester campus, 670 West Boylston Street, at 9 a.m.

Sponsored by QCC Campus Police and the Office of Student Life and Leadership, the ceremony will include remarks by the Vice President of Student Enrollment and Student Services, Steve Sullivan, Campus Ministry and QCC Chief of Campus Police, Kevin Ritacco. Faculty member Cheryl Finn will begin the ceremony, located at the campus’s main rotary, by singing the National Anthem. Campus Police Honor Guard will march to the rotary at 9:11 a.m. and present arms during the National Anthem.

QCC will honor all victims during the ceremony, and a special recognition of the 415 public safety men and women who died in the line of service will be marked with 415 small, US flags that will line the rotary.  

Three main campus flags will fly at half- staff and the rotary will be blocked to all traffic during the ceremony.

Chief Ritacco and V.P. Sullivan will place a wreath at the base of the US flag at the rotary, while the Honor Guard presents arms, finally culminating the ceremony in a moment of silence.  

QCC’s Office of Student Life and Leadership also held a day-long remembrance event on Friday, September 9. Participants wore red, white and blue and signed a pledge banner, “I Will,” with personal statements signifying their intent to honor all 9/11 victims, survivors and service men and women who lost their lives on 9/11.

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.