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May, 2021

 

Congratuations to the Class of 2021
May, 2021

On May 21, Quinsigamond Community College conferred 1,441 degrees and certificates to 1,332 graduates as it celebrated its 56th graduating class. QCC hosted its virtual commencement ceremony amidst a backdrop of powerful and motivational speakers who reminded graduates how far they have come, how resilient they are, and the bright future that awaits them.

QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D....

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On May 21, Quinsigamond Community College conferred 1,441 degrees and certificates to 1,332 graduates as it celebrated its 56th graduating class. QCC hosted its virtual commencement ceremony amidst a backdrop of powerful and motivational speakers who reminded graduates how far they have come, how resilient they are, and the bright future that awaits them.

QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. described the sense of pride he felt witnessing the graduates attain their dreams of a college education, and encouraged them to never stop striving for a better future.

“I never cease to be amazed by our students –your strength, determination, and perseverance. Be proud of your accomplishments. Many of you juggle work and family responsibilities, while continuing to pursue your dream of a college education. You are veterans, single parents, working adults, or the first in your family to go to college. And if all of the challenges you face each day aren’t enough, you completed your degree during a pandemic and some of the most turbulent times we’ve faced as a nation,” he said.  “Each and every one of you is living history, but more importantly, you are making history!”

Commencement Speaker Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings, Ph.D., a nationally recognized social justice advocate and scholar, told the graduates that the obstacles they have faced and overcome would help them throughout their lives.

“You know how to persevere in life. There is a word for this toughness and it's called resilience, and you've got it.  And you should know that you can draw on that resilience for the rest of your life because there are going to be challenges ahead,” Dr. Rockeymoore-Cummings said, addressing the biases that student will face even in academia.

“We know that people hold stereotypes about certain people based on categories. They just assume that they know who the person is and they make those assumptions not based on full knowledge of the person, but based on a stereotype or a category,” she said. “You determine your success and you will be successful in spite of those kinds of people. Why, because Quinsigamond Community College has prepared you.”

Dr. Rockeymoore-Cummings told the graduates that because of their QCC education they are able to achieve anything that they can envision.

“Quinsigamond has given you the tools, resources, and a platform to learn. Whatever comes next, you can be sure that you are prepared. You have what it takes to further your education or go out and earn, so that your knowledge, compassion, and insight can be shared,” she said.

QCC Student Government President and Student Speaker Armela Xhindole told her classmates to keep feeding their minds with knowledge in order to continue to grow and prosper.

“Learning should be a constant operation, and learning is the fundamental prerequisite for progress in any area. After college, education should not stop. Take part in a career that helps to develop your personality and skills,” she said. “Remember, you can achieve everything you want in life with hard work and perseverance. Life is constantly changing, and you must continue to evolve to become a better version of you.”

Carlos E. Santiago, Ph.D., commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education said that after the last year’s unique challenges, these graduates are now considered pioneers in the higher education landscape.

“While you were learning, we were learning from you in ways that will shape the college experience in the future. Teaching and learning will never be the same. We saw black and brown students who were disproportionately affected by COVID-19; many did not return to school last fall because they had to prioritize family income and family health needs first,” he said.

“In an economy like ours we need college educated students to fill the jobs needed to keep the state moving forward. This is why I am grateful to each and every one of you for earning your degrees. No matter what your major is, your skills and talents will help Massachusetts rebuild its economy and move past this pandemic,” Commissioner Santiago continued. “Even though I don't know you personally, I know how resilient you are because I know what it took for you to overcome the challenges of this last year in order to earn your degree.  Now that same set of skills will help you in writing your next chapter.”

President Pedraja told the graduates to draw strength from commencement day whenever they experience hardships in life.

“...know that you can carry on, know that there is nothing you cannot accomplish, and know that in the worst of times you’ve proven yourselves and succeeded,” he said.

“Remember graduates of the Class of 2021, that you are enough, and remember that Quinsigamond Community College produces productive professionals. So, you go out and you get your future. It's ready for you, and you are ready for it,” Dr. Rockeymoore-Cummings said.

To view the entire commencement visit Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony

  • QCC LPN student Shanna Kay Reynolds (L) and Volunteer Bright Eric Ohne. QCC PN student Maura Bacon (R) administers a vaccine.
May, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College’s 2021 graduates were front and center in a nationwide effort to vaccinate people against the COVID-19 virus. By the end of April 2021, 76 graduates in the Practical Nursing program had administered more than 6,000 of the over 38,000 vaccines given to people at the Southbridge Armory vaccination clinic site. Working alongside the students at the Southbridge site were...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s 2021 graduates were front and center in a nationwide effort to vaccinate people against the COVID-19 virus. By the end of April 2021, 76 graduates in the Practical Nursing program had administered more than 6,000 of the over 38,000 vaccines given to people at the Southbridge Armory vaccination clinic site. Working alongside the students at the Southbridge site were QCC Professor of Nurse Education Margaret “Meg” Yoder and Faculty Member Christian Ilustre.

“The Practical Nursing Class of 2021 was an integral part of service to the community,” Professor Yoder said.

Healthcare workers were the first to be vaccinated in the U.S. and students in QCC's Practical Nursing program began the vaccination process in 2020, vaccinating frontline workers from Harrington Healthcare and Harrington Physician Services, before moving on to members of the community. The nursing students administered the vaccine, performed intake assessments, gave educational information, and observed vaccine recipients post vaccination.

“Our nursing students have made a massive impact on our community. Their dedication to assisting others in a time of such uncertainty shows their conviction and passion for helping others. This service before self inspires us all to do better and be better as we move forward,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. 

“These new graduates will go into the world with skill sets unlike any of their predecessors due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Dean of the School of Healthcare, Pat Schmohl.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 9% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the 4% average for all occupations.

To learn more about QCC’s program visit, QCC Practical Nursing.

  • QCC helps prepare students for a career as a medical administrative assistant.
May, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Center (CWDCE) is offering a free, grant-funded Administrative Medical Professional Training program that will prepare students for a career as a medical administrative assistant. An in-person summer class is being offered June 28 – August 3, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., with a maximum of 10 students...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Center (CWDCE) is offering a free, grant-funded Administrative Medical Professional Training program that will prepare students for a career as a medical administrative assistant. An in-person summer class is being offered June 28 – August 3, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., with a maximum of 10 students accepted. Students must apply by the application deadline of June 14. Accepted students are also required to attend an orientation session.

This training program prepares students to work as medical administrative assistants in healthcare facilities such as hospitals and health systems, physicians’ offices, clinics, long-term care facilities, surgery centers, ambulatory surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, and other types of healthcare areas.

Students will learn roles and responsibilities of a healthcare team, interpersonal communication, medical records management, compliance with HIPAA, and diagnostic and procedural coding.

Students accepted into the program will not only receive free tuition, books and supplies; but also will attend a computer class, and earn contract tracing and infectious control certifications. After successfully completing the program students are eligible to sit for the National Health Career Association’s Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Certification Exam (fee is paid for by the program). Students who complete the program will receive career placement assistance and those who work in the field for at least two months will receive a $500 stipend.

“Everyone is eligible to take part in this program but space is limited. We encourage those who are interested to reach out and register as soon as possible as classes fill up quickly,” said Grant/SNAP Coordinator Jo Sundin, of QCC’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education. 

Prospective students should email Ms. Sundin, at jsundin [at] qcc.mass.edu to learn more.

  • QCC will host a Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, June 8.
May, 2021

QCC is working to help keep our community safe by offering its second Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, on Tuesday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m. at the QCC Athletic Center, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester. 

QCC held its first vaccine clinic on May 11 and those vaccinated on that day received an appointment time for their second vaccine on June 8.  Those who...

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QCC is working to help keep our community safe by offering its second Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, on Tuesday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m. at the QCC Athletic Center, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester. 

QCC held its first vaccine clinic on May 11 and those vaccinated on that day received an appointment time for their second vaccine on June 8.  Those who received their first Moderna vaccine at another location and would like to schedule a second vaccine at QCC, must register for an appointment online and meet the required timeframe requirements between vaccinations.

QCC faculty, staff, family and friends who are interested in obtaining their first Moderna vaccine, must also register online. Deadline to register is Sunday, June 6. The Clinic is sponsored by Albertson’s/Shaw’s/Osco.

“We have seen the positive impact in our community as more people become vaccinated,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “Getting vaccinated helps protect you and our community. Together we can beat the COVID-19 virus and begin to work on healing from this global health crisis.”

For those looking to learn more about vaccines and the importance of being vaccinated, QCC offers an informational website that offers links to information on the vaccine in multiple languages, as well as vaccination locations.

Together, we can beat COVID-19.

  • QCC's 2021 Professors Emeriti
May, 2021

QCC has established a tradition of honoring worthy retired and retiring professors with the title of Professor Emeritus. To receive this honor, a faculty member must have served for 15 or more years as a full-time member of the Quinsigamond faculty, and be deemed worthy of being acknowledged for excellence in teaching, and for personifying the mission of the College in the community.

While recipients were...

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QCC has established a tradition of honoring worthy retired and retiring professors with the title of Professor Emeritus. To receive this honor, a faculty member must have served for 15 or more years as a full-time member of the Quinsigamond faculty, and be deemed worthy of being acknowledged for excellence in teaching, and for personifying the mission of the College in the community.

While recipients were unable to be honored in-person, each will be invited back to campus as QCC’s begins to hold large gatherings, to be celebrated and honored in front of their colleagues. This year, QCC bestowed this honor on six professors:

  • Rafael Vicente, Professor of Mathematics
  • Carol Rinaldi, Professor of Mathematics
  • Andreana Grimaldo, Professor of Mathematics
  • Roger Meservey, Professor of Biology
  • Charlene Mara, Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • Cheryl Finn, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medical Services & Paramedics

"The Emeritus recognition indicates how highly respected these faculty and administrators are by their students and colleagues and I offer them my very best wishes for happiness and health as they enter into retirement. Their impact on this College and in the Worcester community will be long-remembered,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

 

  • The Administration Building at QCC's main campus in Worcester.
May, 2021

Three cheers for the QCC students who recently were named to the Spring 2021 Semester Dean and Merit Lists. A total of 483 students were named to the College’s Dean’s List and 977 students were named to the Merit List. Way to go Wyverns! 

QCC’s Dean’s List Spring 2021

Students who meet the criteria below and have earned 12 or more credits in...

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Three cheers for the QCC students who recently were named to the Spring 2021 Semester Dean and Merit Lists. A total of 483 students were named to the College’s Dean’s List and 977 students were named to the Merit List. Way to go Wyverns! 

QCC’s Dean’s List Spring 2021

Students who meet the criteria below and have earned 12 or more credits in a given semester are named to the Dean’s List:  

  • All grades must be “C” or higher. (No grades of “I” or “X” are permitted). 
  • Semester QPA must be 3.50 or higher, and cumulative QPA must be 2.00 or higher. 
  • All courses must be college level.

Anchorage: Saengphet Praseuth

Ashland: Jack Merrill, Paul Nigro

Auburn: Casey Clouthier, Andrew Coccio, Gracie Curtis, Ezekial Diaz, Kelly Do, Jason Henry, Luke LaBonte, Quinne Masiello, Katelyn Pike, Ricardo Rodrigues, Meloney Thapa, Makenzie Ward

Berlin: Rebecca Pulito

Billerica: Flavia Kikoyo

Blackstone: Cassidy Tellstone

Bolton: Emma Todd

Boylston: Mary Belleville, Gintare Caussade, Jack Corcoran, Braeden Hughes, Adrian Maxwell, Jack Sauger, Jacob Valleli

Brimfield: Lyndsey Gamache, Jonathan Rubio

Brookfield: Abigail Burgener, Peyton Fellmeth, Shawn Greenwood

Carver: Stephen Ory

Charlton: Rasa Auskalnyte, Matthew Beals, Elaine Bond, Lauryn Dawson, Johnson Ebe, Maureen Jones, Vitor Kuhn Scariot, Alexandria Macaruso, Kassidy Robertson, Maxwell Taylor

Cherry Valley: Joseph Pauplis

Clinton: Reyna Aguilar, Brandon Black, Samantha Harrington, Anastasia Nash, Omayma Taha

Douglas: Alorian Orcutt, Daphne Sevilla

Dudley: Mia Bohanan, Nikolina Chludzinska, Tiondra DeBoise, Emma Dix, Tracy Donais, Parker Filo-Loos, Joseph Guaragno, Veronica Helock, Montana Josey, T'Leah McQuade, Baker Meece, Aidan Murray, Anthony Rivera, Jade Shultz, Auguste Valley

East Brookfield: Nicole Boucher-Eccleston, Caitlin Charpentier

East Douglas: Adam Gaulin, Joshua Gopin, Garrett Grann, Sage Hurteau, Rheianna Messier, Nathaniel Paine, Michael Purvis

Fiskdale: Lauren Augustine

Fitchburg: Ashleigh Arcucci, Calixte Davick, Brianna Hughes, Maria Leon Montoya, Atwaun Malave

Framingham: Deborah Felix Otero, Giovanna Miranda

Gardner: Sierra Embair

Grafton: Alison Burough, Ryan Davidson, Christina Duggan, Olivia Lee, Brianna Mishado

Hardwick: Shari Martel

Harvard: Eric Baumhover

Holden: Haleigh Bruso, Emma Cherock, Michael Evanowski, Jack Flynn, Micah Grolman, Claire Higginson, Taygan Kosky, Lexy Mendez, Leah Michalowski, Lynn Nguyen, Olivia Rodriguez, Kyril Tovera

Holland: Emma Bullock, Audrey McCracken

Holliston: Troy Hutchinson, Olivia Mayo

Hopedale: Merisa Brigham, Griffin Murphy, Madalyn Rivett

Hubbardston: Ryan Castriotta

Hudson: Brian Boland, Madison Gallipeau, Paul-Dunn Garcia, Rebekah Krieg, Makenna Mace, Ryan Medeiros, Janil Patel, Jeremy Patrick, Alexander Reid, Trevor Sawyer

Jefferson: Catherine Pichardo

Lancaster: Collin Anthony

Leicester: Owen Boisvert, Richard Cehon, Kristen Johnson, Austin Le, Meaghan St. George, Lindsay Tucker

Leominster: Jade Chaves, Tanner Pomeroy, Bianca Vaquerano

Lunenburg: Sarah Arsenault, Andrew Bolton

Marlborough: Erick Arevalo, Mykole Brookins, Keishla Carrasquillo, Matthew Keenan, Candice McDonald, Alyssa O'Leary, Noah Ogden, Jose Paz Montero, Jason Plaunt, James Regan, Andrew Smith, Jonathan Sousa, Tatiana Tello Buitrago, Kamylla Tiburcio, Meaghan Waddell

Mendon: Drew Bowman, Delenn Devlin

Milford: Courtney Antalek, Shawn Amiel Arquillano, Angel Campos-Castellanos, Thiffany De Castro, Xianglin Zou

Millbury: Brenna Berube, Kyle Boria, Elizabeth Chagnon, Kennedy Day, Ivie Lapointe, Brianna Poske, Sydney Westerlind, Sarah Yates

Millville: Margaret Boone

Monson: Jackson Dietz

Newton: Michael Lafko

North Adams: Makayli Melendez

North Brookfield: Cailyn Beamenderfer, Jillian Peterson, Jillian Quigley

North Grafton: Jessica Bancewicz, Sarah Bianco, Jenna Boisvert, Jermel Lyons, Maria Nieves, Kali Sage, Kelvin Virak

North Kingstown: Robin Zubee

North Smithfield: Crystal Desaulniers

Northampton: Michele Shields

Northborough: Brett Casellini, Imadeddin El-Rifai, Abigail Harnett, Jay Jennings, Jessica LeBlanc, Morgan Lindsey, Kimberly Losey, Ashley MacKey, Logan Picard, William Porter, Nicholas Warren

Northbridge: Giovan Panzanella

Oakham: Rosangeline Fleming, John Martel

Oxford: Micaela Christenson, Wilfrid Fotso Tasse, Blake Lentine, Nicholas McElroy, Denise Otano

Paxton: Alexander Riopel, Anthony Riopel

Pepperell: Charles Culpepper

Princeton: Sydney Ecklund, Melissa Hawthorne

Putnam: Corey Doucette

Rochdale: David Lavallee, Haley Levins, Tyler McKay, Kiara Valdes

Rutland: Alissa Carlson, Katherine-Rose Dunn, Mohamed Fawal, Jamie Hetu, Jessica Jardine, Devin Kachadoorian, Amari Mangrum, Deirdre Meagher, Brian Mele, Olivia Murphy, Megan Rokicki, Lauren Wiinikka, Tanner Willman

Shrewsbury: Isa Ahmed, Natalie Bourque, Luiz Caldas, Dawson Crouch, Sunveer Dhillon, Kyle DiPilato, Michael Ferranti, Emma Good, Sarah Kant, Bahareh Kazemi, Evan Maher, Benjamin Mirsky, Kenneth Ngo, Alex Oliveira, Kyle Orciuch, Maria Vitoria Primo Pinto, Ligia Puma Pauccar, Russell Sanborn, Sana Shaikh, Juliana Silveira, Emma Smith, Alexander Stepanov, Alexander Stiling, Gabriel Tetreault, Chieu Tu, Maxwell Xavier

South Grafton: Anthony Fisher

Southborough: Timothy Dunderdale, Amber Sestito

Southbridge: Rayann Carl, Caiden Ellis, Karl Ghosn, Tashleanna Moncada, Justin Santiago, Cody Wood

Spencer: Stacey Arsenault, Carli Kerns, Magdaline Kiarie, Ashley Leighton, Tonya Morrill, Madison Paquette, Brian Payson, Dustin VanDyke

Sterling: Hasan Al Shaikhli

Sturbridge: Colleen Blackmore, Jason Hastings, Bonnie Hensley

Sutton: Aliyssa Courville, Catherine Forde, Lindsay Houlihan, Disha Khanna, Talia Markarian, Avery Morway, Alexandra Richard, Matthew Thurber

Thorndike: Tracy Pronovost

Uxbridge: Anthony Abate, Jason Baillargeon, Erika Ethier, Olivia Powell, Emily Taylor

Ware: Alexis Macrae, Marissa Parker

Webster: Tom Bednarz, Abigail Biernacki, Audrey Ducharme, Amber Hallaman, Nikita Igoshin, Anna Israelian, Klarissa Johnson, Antonia Lopez, Makenzie MacGregor, Anne Marie Markiewicz, Nickolas Maxwell, Joe Ramos

West Boylston: Yusuf Badereldin, Brandi Conlon, Brittney Conlon, Renee Demontigny, Sydney Kinney, Zachary Milton, Jaycie Opuda, Andrew Peters, Daniel Verge, Brady Weldon

West Brookfield: Ashley Leger, Dallas McDonnell, Jon Rimmer

West Springfield: James Mack

West Upton: Alex Chase

Westborough: Michael Bolster, Owen Callahan, Rebecca Daugherty, Mina Fahmy, Sowmya Gontla, Melissa Ware

Westminster: Holly Rank

Whitinsville: Vivian Adams, Brianna Brothers, Isabel Carroll, Jessica Duda, Jennifer Flanagan, Cora Gauthier, Travis Gould, Stephanie Lombardi, Melissa Lozeau, Charlotte Murphy, Khadija Ouagri, Bishoy Soliman Hanna

Winchendon: Maddisyn Bouchard

Woodstock: Dawnn Williams

Worcester: Aya Abazaid, Shahira Abdel-Hadi, Sarah Adjei, Nana Konadu Agyemang Duah, Ahmed Al Karawi, Joadane Alexandre, Mohamad Alia, Dominique Alvarez, Adrianna Andino, Queenette Asia, Emilie Avril, Antonio Baez-Quero, Eunice Benitez, Isaac Benjamin, Christian Benjumea, Kwasi Brefo, Andy Burgos, Andrea Campbell, Megan Campbell, Amanda Cartes, Bryan Castro, Ember Cemelli, Vivienne Charpentier, Bingqi Chen, Xiang Chen, Axel Cruz Diaz, Sara Dalton, Chrissy Davis, Caroline De Andrade Maciel, Erin DeLong, Lexi Diaz, Barbara Dioguardi, Gaelle Djoukouo Epse Tende, Kevin Doan, Carlos Dominguez Najarro, Trang Du, Sophia Dubay, Anna Duchi, Jason Dulmaine, Anairdo Duri, Ambah Effah-Donkoh, Jacqueline Erickson, Lizbeth Feliz, Emilianne Fitzpatrick, Jessica Flood, Michael Forvil, Dania Francia, Laindia Francois, Timothy Gangemi, Keith Geneva, Elliott Gervais, Ashby Gomez Pastor, Grace Hakenson, Ryan Hendrickson, Elhim Hernandez, Damiano Hroni, Maryam Hussain, Onasia Hutchins, Isaac Jallah, Kanysa Johnson, Masen Jost, James Julian, Shahad Kamoona, Chyanne Kay, Hazzaa Khieralla, Nikolaos Konstantinou, Faustina Kontoh, Sarah LaPrade, Elizabeth Le, Niki Le, Tien Le, Lindsey LeBlanc, Natalie Lebo, Jaclyn Long, Tatiana Lopez, Esther Macharia, Andy Mai, Hilda Maldonado, Paula Mares Ribeiro, Cassandre Marin, Eathyn Mariscal, Corinne Marquardt, Jonathan Martinez, Deshawn Mcdowe, Nikola Meco, Joan Miho, Brianna Millan, Farah Mohamad, Yordanos Molla, Eduardo Moreira, Brendalee Motta, Joy Muriuki, Mithaq Naji, Chau Thien L Nguyen, Khang Nguyen, Kiet Nguyen, Michelle Nguyen, My Nguyen, Ngan Nguyen, Donggeun Oh, Ama Osei, Lydia Otenewaa, Donna Pellerin, Lillyanna Perez, Winston Perez, Lee Perreault, Jessie Pham, Joshua Phinney, Matthew Podolske, Kyle Prue, Cassandra Ramirez, Ashley Reyes, Cinthia Rivas, Amanda Rivera, Fonkou Rodrigue Belmondo, Oliver Roy, Sindi Rreka, Ashley Ruderman, Gwyneth Rutan, Dianis Sanchez, Agnes Smart, George Smith, Ryan Smith, Klodiana Spahiu, Timothy St. Germaine, Megi Stoja, Elma Tafa, Majel Tafa, Stephan Tchangov, Donny Thai, Carlos Torres, Alexandra Totoni, Truc Tran, Valerie Valdez, Orlando Vargas-Segura, Alyssa Velez, James Vigue, Madison Villa, Megan Walker, Bethlehem Walle, Ellen Webber, Beylie West, Mary Wheaton, Ebony Wilson, Ian Witruke, Elana Woehl, Gabriela Wyspianski, Armela Xhindole, Shazal Zaheer, Jasmine Zelayandia

QCC’s Merit List Spring 2021

Students who meet the criteria below and have earned six or more credits in a given semester, but fewer than 12 credits, are named to the Merit List:  

  • All grades must be “C” or higher. (No grades of “I” or “X” are permitted). 
  • Semester QPA must be 3.50 or higher, and cumulative QPA must be 2.00 or higher. 
  • All courses must be college level

Acton: Robert Crory, Xiaowen Holmes, Meredith Roth

Ashford: Adrianna Bent

Ashland: Vera Campbell, Julia Farrell

Athol: Gezalis Lachapell, George Linskey

Attleboro: Daniel Faulkner

Auburn: Zahraa Alshammari, Gabriella Amoros, Adriana Bennett, Dawn Bombard, Elizabeth Burch-Elder, Conor Carlson, Madison Cove, Lyndsey Delorto, Adam Eastty, Katherine Farfan, Michael Flannery, Rebecca Forrett, Dawson Gemme, Sara Gutierrez, Isabella Haigh, Lucas Lima, Brian Lynch, Indra Nagassar, Alexis Rodney Chretien, Brian Smith, Jonathon Wambach, Liana Williams

Baldwinville: Sam Chandler, Brendan Pinard

Barre: Frederick Bogue, Shannon Kane

Belchertown: Rebecca Barton, Kimberly Lodi

Bellingham: Jennifer Altamirano, Kelly Masciarelli, Jennifer Ryan

Belmont: Fatemeh Shahani

Berlin: Ian Pierce, Alexander Yates

Blackstone: Alexa Boyt, Jonathan Budnick, Colin Johnson, Eric Lawler, Malyssa Reese

Bolton: Ekaterina Chistiakova

Boston: Michael Cheung

Boxborough: Elizabeth Namujju

Boylston: Taylor Cole, Jennifer Downing, Elise Kamnang, Hannah Langevin, Shanna Spencer, Michael Steele

Brimfield: Alexis Fluegel, Jennifer Polesnak-Custance, Vanessa Sarver

Brookfield: Thomas Furtek, Hailey Myers, Shawna O'Day Kida, Angela Palmere, Elise Wilbur, Grace Wilbur

Burlington: Nicholas Reynolds

Charlton: Yanellie Andino, Samantha Balko, Leslie Chaves, Morgan Doucimo, Riley French, Victoria Gaspar, Cheyenne Kelly, Lucas Lanier, Karina Lareau, Paige Leite, Sophia Lynch, Gareth McCullough, Ryan O'Bara, Jeffrey Pearlstein, Brianna Ramsden, Halle Sanchez, Gabriel Varner

Charlton City: Robin Georgio

Charlton Depot: Kayla Simons

Chelsea: Jacqueline Nazario

Cherry Valley: Krissy Lindner, Rosa Velez

Chicopee: Aisha Ramadan

Clinton: Jonel Cavallo, Audrey Connor Aleman, Victoria Conway-DaSilva, John Habib, Damackline Keraka, Mark Sheridan, Zaida Velez, Beatrice Wig, Richard Zenon

Danielson: Trishia Craig, Stephanie Lameira

Dudley: Trinity Battista, Shawn Coltran, Melissa Edmonds, Samantha Gevry, Alexandra Jones, Madeleine LaBrec, Heather Lamprey, Hannah Lombardo, Melissa Mantia, Derrek Matthews, Julie Milner, Abigail Northrop, Paige Oliver, Katelyn Prince, Cassandra Smeltzer, Kayleen Viner

East Brookfield: Keyonzia Gagne-Lamoureux, Cailin Shea

East Douglas: Katelyn Ballou, Louis Kell, Earl Parfitt, Bessie Trinidad-Jeannot

Fiskdale: Brianna Lawrence, Victoria Masse, Phillip Sipe, Meaghan Stearns, Warren Zelenak

Fitchburg: Sandra Lefferts, Shalyana Nieves, Anthony Sorrentino, Luisa Vadi

Foster: Heather Perry

Framingham: Katherine Arroyave, Gabriella Dias Pereira, Marcela Miranda, Lindsey Perry, Cheryl Singleton, Erica Smith

Franklin: Justin Dupont, Nicholas Garland, Cameron Sweeney

Gaithersburg: Samson Engel

Gardner: Emily Caissie, Francis Seme

Gloucester: Lisa Twombly

Grafton: Haley Becotte, Andrea Carenzo, Jack Cosseboom, Charlotte Jordan, Matthew Lazaro, James Lippincott, Rabia Mateen, Christopher Nolan, Debokhawe Pannasiri, Bradley Sylvestre, Lauren Wareham

Greenfield: Michelina Balsavich

Groton: Shay McGillivray

Harvard: Christopher Bunnell

Holden: Lydia Annunziata, Charlotte Branconier, Shawn Honcharik, Stephanie Keenan, Kayla Lojko, Timothy Lojko, Meghan Sendrowski, Stephen Shea, Katherine Sherman, Alexis Slavin, Zachary Swidey

Holland: Zachary Hamel, Julie Schutz

Hopkinton: William Stearman

Hubbardston: Jessica O'Hair, Nicholas Petricca

Hudson: Paige Bosio, Tina Braga, Mauricio De Almeida, Sarah DeFonzo, Joshua Dornelas, Diahann Duncan, Jonathan Esteves, Cassandra Geribo, Andrea Howe, Patrick Long, Katlyne Mio, Michael Monteiro, Christine Noyola, Shreyans Patel, Cathy Payne, Michael Peckham Jr, Tyler Perry, Christopher Vezeau, Lucy deMartin

Jewett City: Maura Robinson

Lancaster: Lorraine Cova, Clayton Dunlop, Kristin Morse, Jessica Peters, Jasmine Sawyer, Anne Tiru

Lawrence: Ercania Mesidor

Leicester: Amy Carr, Bruce Durand, Alyssa Durham, Sherri Frotten, Kristina Jarobski, Cole Keeton, Olivia Macaruso, Dagan Mott, Christina Penney, Tanya Raskett, Maria Rosado

Leominster: Brett Barrows, Thomas Brennan, Mackenzie Carter, Christopher Christy, Deborah Isijola, Senghor Kenmeugne, Michael Parapunski

Linwood: Joy Torres

Lowell: Marc Donald Marcelot

Lunenburg: Gabriella Freitas, Melissa Hawley

Malden: Bridget Ironuma

Mapleville: Brianna Shreenan

Marlborough: Madison Balvin, Patrick Bosio, Joshua Clement, Lindsey Colgate, Nicholas Coppola, Jeffrey Corkins, Daniel Demers, Susan Doyle, Daniel Gomes, Bethany Gould, Young Jung Lee, Rubia Lemes, Nathane Machado, Logan Morales, Paola Pastor, Kelsey Smith, Justin Van Olinda, Thiago Zakaitis

Maynard: Alison Restuccia

Medway: Sarah Moreau

Mendon: Mallory Daoust, Jaclyn Hartel, Connor Kennedy, Sarah Tong

Milford: Christina Brady, Mildred Castanos, Danielle Cerqueira, Maria DosReis Soares, Edgar Falfan Barreto, Kathleen Gray, Nadine Ladeau, Jake Mastrianna, Zachary Morrison, Lia Mucera, Minelli Orellano, Adriana Pereira, Jessica Pye, Rhaira Schaper-Boyer, Amanda Silva

Millbury: Alician Berenson, Jacob Brodeur, Shannon Castro, Stefanie Cerrone, Gina Chionchio, Kyliegh Corey, Tara Cudmore, Christian Donaldson, Miles Fiore, Michael Lirange, Grace Malone, Brianna Manzella, Patrick Moriarty, Alyssa Newman, Ronald Polomski, Lusi Sit, Jala Tadros, Marissa Vaillancourt

Millis: Cassandra Jackson

Millville: Elizabeth Correia, Austin Gagnon

Monson: Brooke Murphy, Jillian Pourmand, Robert Smith

Natick: Hanna Carson

Needham: Zoe Tsavdarides

Newton: Michael Latino

North Brookfield: Harold Burroughs, Rebecca Field, Dawn Holmes, Jessica Lisi, Nathan Sullivan

North Grafton: Fadi Alkoht, Sarah Aziz, Emma Boggess, Luis Dejesus, Thomas Hamilton, Kyoko Ibaraki, Amanda Johnson, Alexa Kallio

North Grosvenordale: Xavier Collazo

North Oxford: Antony Bradford, Salvatore DeMalia, Julianna Marcoux

Northborough: Kimberly Burmeister, Burke Cushman, Hua Han, Ericka Mahowald, Kristen McKinley, Michael Rahall, Nina Rusk, Paige Setterlund, Marissa Wood

Northbridge: Jacqulyn Barber, Kyran Bishop, Krystal Bonafilia, Sarah Catlin, Randall Cranshaw, Meredith Mendoza, Miranda Monaghan, Andrea Place, Amaya Williams, Derek Zahoruiko

Oakham: Timothy Joyce

Oxford: Gabriella Blackwell, Kianna Brenneman, Kayla Brodeur, Tommy Estevez, Ariana Gelardi, Katie George, Elijah Gray, Kelsie Guarente, April Kennedy, Luke Knowles, Jacob Laplante, Amanda Listewnik, Mi Meh, Maxwell Principe, Jessica Rucho, Ethan Smith, Felecia Violette, Frederick Yeboah

Paxton: Juliette Berryman, Ewa Golemo, Rochelle Hodges, Kadife Kuka, Laura Lee, Kailey Pelczarski, Brian Quinn, Peter Roberts, Ariola Sheme, Vy Vu

Plainfield: Zoe Boucher

Putnam: Brittany Young

Rutland: Zakariya Almallah, Christiana Ayertey, Cassandra Boucher, Mary Buttitta, Jakob Gaumond, Hunter Norris, Kaylee Quist, Kyra Sarsfield, Alexander Sierra, Jason St. Amand

Shrewsbury: Dipesh Bhatta, Colby Borys, Angela Boynton, Alefia Dahod, Carolyn Doku, James Doskas, Darcy Durkee, Krishna Gadhia, Louca Hill, Joseph Jamros, Valicia Jean-Louis, Mark Kabundi, Rabia Khan, Jonathan Kimball, Christopher Liu, Alvaro Lopes, Frank Ludovico, Ryan McLaughlin, Yuan Meng, Xavier Millner, Diana Mohammad Basher, Kenneth Njuguna, Samantha Novelle, Anthony Pellegrino, Aline Perpetuo, Megan Richardson, Li Shen, Gabriela Silveira, Aditi Singh, Sarah Staiti, David Travis, Hetal Wadikar, Boris Yanachkov, Joseph Zona

Somerville: Shauna Connelly

South Grafton: Holly Atchue, Tiffany Maynard, Austin Miller, Mayra Ramsey, Jesalee Roberts

South Lancaster: Katrina Roy

Southborough: Matthew Berry, Patrick Sullivan, Sean Walsh

Southbridge: Amanda Alicea, Ceasar Alvarado, Amanda Bass, Karl Benkert, Valerie Bomba, Gabriela Cancel-Rivera, Matthew Caranci, Michaela Carl, Vivianna Carpio, Jenna Casine, Phillip Cepeda, Jacquelinet Conde Arias, Lisa Dennis, Ashley Deorsey-McNeaney, Amanda Ellis, Maria Hernandez-Santos, Jennifer Lang, Travis McDonald, Courtney Menard, Devin Molina, Caleb Powell, Mariana Powell, Lisa Renaud, Shantell Ritchotte, Nicholas Rodriguez

Spencer: Draven Casey, Jacob Cormier, Nicole Dayutis, Andrew De Klerk, Melissa Groccia, Brittany Huard, Jennifer Jarmulowicz, Shadia Kousi, Raven Martin, Erin McTiernan, Kara Pranaitis, Danielle Provencher, Mark Robillard, Whitney Simonovitch, Seth Williamson

Sterling: Margaret Agurkis, Alec Dawson, Pharadja Faustin, Joseph Fernandez, Merilou Iacaboni, Amanda Mailberg, Kimberly Norton, Brianna Remy, Megan Rocha, Jordan Simpson

Stow: Joseph LoPresti

Sturbridge: Norma Cignarella, Megan Faford, Jomarie Garcia, Kristen Gaudet, Leandra Giguere, Logan Glasheen, Nolan Kingman, Rachelle Mantha, Heather Monroe, Erik Olson, Agnieszka Orlowska, Christopher Tejada

Sudbury: Kayla Bain, Erich Waible

Sutton: Joanna Brown, Kelly Clark, Natasha Colon, Hunter Dansereau, Francesca De Mora Ocana, Sarah Elkin, Scott Gressak, Kayla Kachadoorian, Miranda Lemoine, Ashley Medina Cardenas, Kailey O'Neil, Patricia Rumford, Mackenzie Sobaleski

Taunton: Gail Delgado

Thompson: Amber Comptois

Thorndike: Destiny Baldwin

Townsend: Harrison Adami-Sampson

Upton: Robin Jokela

Uxbridge: Kayla Brooks, Kelley Crosby, Rachel Demrest, Kara Hamm, Benjamin Landry, Ashley Lewinski, Edrick Pereira, Mariangela Pereira, Michaela Randall, Alyssa Sylvia, Alexandria Touhey, Katie Vautrain

Wales: Liana Bourque, Noah Jacob

Waltham: Dennis Busingye, Vicsaydy Romero

Ware: Ashton Farland, Erika Lima

Warren: Daniel Peristere, Alexis Ring

Webster: Lamidi Akibu, Katelyn Allain, Ava Boucher, Natalya Cazarreal, Casmere Cournoyer, Amllayree Davila, Lynn Fellman, Jessica Floran, Jennifer Gardner, Madeleine Grillo, Trevor Jutras, Hakim Kasozi, Letecia Lopez, Lisa McCool, Mackenzie Mountain, SherryAnn Potenti-Crumbliss, Mariah Rivera, Alicja Rogalski, Peter Tadros, Brian Tvelia, Apryl Vancellette, Maria Verdejo, Orion Walker, Nekelle Waskiewicz, Rachael Watterson

West Boylston: Ryan Beecher, Niccole Chiasson, Jessica Colorio, Edith Cullen, Patricia LaFountaine, Christopher MacNicol, Chioma Mbah, Alana Mimms, Matthew Quitadamo

West Brookfield: Emily Barrett, Jacob Gorham, Karen Laprise, Anibelka Reyes

West Upton: Samantha Volpicelli

Westborough: Adelaide Asare, Franklin Burkey, Ali Haider, Daniel Leinweber, Aidan Meehan, Alec Rastad, Adam Steinberg

Westford: Sydney Fuhs

Westminster: Ryan Jones, Amy Muster, Trevor Simard

Whitinsville: Jocelyn Arriaga, Alexandra Clauss, Jason Doyle, Taylor Fisher, Rachel Fremeau, Nikole Kamishlian, Savannah Louischarles, Rebecca Malo, Karissa Nordstrom, Catherine Peak, Joshua Poquette, Rachel Robbins, Anastasia Robinson, Allison Salamack, Susan Searles, Shaylene Silva, Samantha Tackett-Marvill

Winchendon: Aiden Helie

Woburn: Marc Blemur

Worcester: Teko Abalo, Stephanie Abarca, Shahinaz Abdel-Hadi, Tiffany Abreu, Ramatu Abukari, Nadia Ackerman, Elvis Acquah, Ashley Adamonis, Gladys Addai, Bright Adjei, Shandorf Adjirackor, Nadiatou Afolabi, Karina Aguilar, Abena Agyei, Alhasan Ahmed, Khadijah Ajmeri, Foster Akorsu, Hannah Akoto Kesse, Lilian Akuk, Maryam Al Hakeem, Ruaa Al Jumaili, Ghina Al-Obaidi, Maryam Aldulaimi, Carlos Alfonso Bernardo, Mariesabel Alicea, Zahraa Aljumaili, Ashley Almeida, Asia Alnajjar, Sanaa Alsagban, Merari Alvarado, Rosan Alzuhairi, Michael Amelian, Joyce Amoah, Lorena Amoros, Katefreda Anim, Jeffrey Annan-Koranteng, Tiana Ansley, Georgina Ansong, Ernestina Atsugah-Habadah, Fabiola Avushka, Patience Baah, Thi My Tien Bach, Shayla Bailey, David Baker, Doreen Balagadde, Mohamed Bamba, Eugene Barber, Marck Bastien, Brandon Benard, Margaret Bentil, Sarah Besse, Jazmin Betancur, Nawal Bhatti, Janet Boakye, Nana Boateng, Miranda Bode, Tonny Bonilla, Anastasia Bonney, Colton Boudrot, Amanda Bowen, James Boyd, Megan Braga, Laura Brobbey, Kimani Bryan-Millwood, Jessie Bui, Robert Burris, Ana Cabral, Michael Cabrera, Heather Campbell, Daniel Campo, Esther Cano, Michael Cantarino, Maria Cantos, Maria Angelica Cardoso, Kodi Caron, Kiara Carpio, Jessica Cartagena, Catherine Castillo Tavarez, Nairim Cespedes-Rivan, Kamolchat Chatsawat, Leika Cherubin, Guichard Chery, Delmy Ciciliane, Shannon Colbath, Lystra Cole, Esdras Colon, Sean Conroy, Dalila Constante Barilla, Patricia Constante Barilla, Brenda Cordova, Adalila Correa, Stephen Corso Jr., Yarelis Cortes, Rafael Cruz Carvajal, Brian Culbert, John Cullen, Cassandra Cutler, Antonia D'Errico, Sthella Da Silva, Saraswoti Dahal, Yozue Davila, Maya Davis, Ruth De Leon, Indira DeJesus, Destinee Delgado, Shianne Delgado, Kelli DiMauro, Hadiatou Diallo, Valery Diaz Acosta, Sheyna Diaz, Xavier Diaz, Ashley Diaz-Torres, Matthew Diggins, Leo Dijakovic, Tran Dinh, Marcela Do Carmo, Tane Dorcil, Zoila Duchy, Anthony Duong, Ngoc Duong, Jasmine Edwards, Felicity Ekeh, Sana El Hussein, Bernard Eshun, Vernalyn Finn, Roger Flores, Phinehas Fordjour, Marquita Foy, Jenysis Franco, Camden Frederick, Katura Gailah, Katherine Gallati, Gaspard Gasasira, Andrew Geer, Joseph Gencarelli, Susan Georgos, Sheila Gitau, Carolina Gomez, Cynthia Goss, Elizabeth Greenwich, Dezary Guzman, Jarylis Guzman, Esther Gyebi, Jennifer Ha, Alyvia Hagearty, Abdirazak Hakiri, Mark Hamilton, Anna Hand, Jacquelyn Hanley, Scott Harlow, Cory Harmon, Jaclyn Harrington, Lydia Hart, Suriya Hashimi, Md Hassan, Joe Youssef Hayek, Emily Hemmerle, Erica Henry, Shiroma Herath, Rosmeylin Hernandez Abreu, Jessica Herrera, Dion Hird, Melissa Hirons, Rose Hodo, Heidi Holm, Jonathan Holz, Colton Hormann, Kamille Hylton, Jorina Imeraj, Alec Iott, Andrew Jennison, Gisselle Jimenez, Dallas Jones, Mylee Juskavitch, Sublime Kabasubabo, Burhan Kajtazi, Franck Kakpo, Esther Kamau, Reaghan Kapacziewski, Valentina Karabinas, Kimberly Kendall, Hadil Khello, Ken Kimani, Daniel King, Maxwell King, Robert Kirby, Megan Klimaszewska-Olson, Lukas Kuhn, Opoku Kwapong, Triantafyllos Kyriazis, Jodi Lacava, Madison Lamica, Jonathan Lane, Eddie Lavergne, Olivia Lawrence, Amy Le, Yasmine Le, Yamilet Leon, Maryssa Leone, Ilmi Licaj, Doriane Perlise Lienou Kamto, Genesis Llanos, Tuyet Nhi Loac, Maria Lopez, Anna Luong, Sylvia Macko, Matthew Mahan, Marti Mahoney, Hao Mai, Shaymaa Majeed, Aimee Makengo, Wivine Makoko, Griselda Mancia Tobar, Kiara Maneus, Katlin Manoli, Julianna Manxhari, Masui Marma, Alexis Martinez, Alfredo Martinez, Elizabeth May, Esther Mburu, Aura McForbes, Alicia McIntosh, Kathleen McKinnon, Tanya McNamara, Aaron Meadows, Glorivee Medina, Sara Medina, Usman Mehdi, Kathleen Mendez, Christine Mensah, Saryvette Mercado, Shannon Messer, Samantha Michaud, Juliana Miller, Selena Miller, Priscilla Mills, Nahum Minott, Shannon Mitchell, Fatima Mohammed, Mark Mokaya, Ketcy Montalvan, Berenise Montelongo, Minerva Montero, Andrew Moore, Gloria Moussa, Brunelle Mpembe, Christopher Mulbah, Moses Mwangi, James Mwenja, Veronica Nazario, Juan Negron, Tatiana Negron, Anh Nguyen, Dustin Nguyen, Michelle Nguyen, Nu Nguyen, Tam Nguyen, Thanh Nguyen, Trinh Nguyen, Tu Nguyen, Jesiel Nieves, Aaron Nkrumah, Marvin Nkrumah, Hanin Noori, Eida Norford, Rebecca Nsiah, Julia Nubed, Dave Nubuor, Monica Nubuor, Wendy Nunez, David O'Flaherty, Priscilla Obeng, Celine Odjinmadje, Anita Oforiwaah, Nicholas Orange, Aidaliz Ortiz, KaTessa Ortiz, Blessing Osagie, Amy Pagan, Erica Pagan, Abraham Passmore, Nima Patel, Esther Pena, Johnny Perez, Aleyah Perrin, Giovanni Petrella, Erin Piermarini, Juanita Pignataro, Mayha Powell, Gretta Prostak, Tabassum Qadir, Hairong Quan, Vinicius Queiroz, Kevin Quinn, Tatiana Quintanilla, Evangelo Raci, Zerimar Ramirez, Estefany Ramos Adames, Gloria Ramos, Mohamed Rasmoudi, Jenna Reynolds, Scott Reynolds, Kimberly Rivera, Zulmarie Rivera, Melvina Roberts, Romario Robertson, Fabrizio Rodriguez, Janette Rodriguez, Jeremy Rodriguez, Arianna Rouleau, Ann Ruria, Katherine Rush, Patricia Rwandarugari Asiimwe, Sohad Sadeq, Fiorino Sakaj, Monica Salazar Carmona, Cathyria Sanchez, Cecilia Sanchez, Desiree Sanchez, Diana Sandoval, Jasely Santiago, Jesus Santiago, Tiffani-Amber Santini, Kerry Santos, Ersa Sara, Raymond Sarfo Afrihene, Ruth Sari, Robin Savory, Elizabeth Scavone, Anxhela Sejdi, Emila Sekseni, Keighley Sherwin, Aleksander Shqillo, Angela Sierra, Daniella Silva, Felipe Silva, Ariana Simancas, Calista Smith, Marco Sonfack, Tony Sphabmixay, Robyn Stark, Victor Start, Daniel Stevens, Hari Subedi, Dritan Sulaj, Kimberly Swanson, Laurie Sylvester, Lydie Tautz, Joenny Tavera, Caroline Theerman, Aaron Thompson, Mary Tisdell, Jose Toledo, Melissa Torres, Ticiana Townsend, Linda Tran, Suzane Tran, Kulay Tye, Ashley Tyler, Selinee Urena, Jennifer Van Dusen, Morgan Vance, Caitlin VandenAkker, Jonida Vani, Luis Vazquez, Raquel Vazquez, Imani Vega, Silvia Ventura, Vanessa Ventura, Kathleen Verdini, Panagiotis Vlahos, Marie Volcy, Kimberly Wamback, Luzcelenia Watson, Kevin Weeks, Ebony Westerlind, Aiana Whaley, Kyle Wilhelmi, Tyler Wills, Molly Wilson, Lisa Wondolowski, Katrina Wyman, Kendrick Xuan, George Yawlui, Amber Young, Zachary Youngquist, Maher Zaid, Evon Ziama, Sarah Zlody, Maima Zoduah

 

  • It's just the beginning for 2021 Graduate Cecilia Sanchez.
  • QCC Grad Shauna Connelly reminds everyone to leave a little sunshine everywhere they go.
  • 2021 Graduate Diana Basher is also a PTK member.
  • The Class of 2021 readies for the next chapter in their lives.
  • Graduates show their pride in attaining a higher education.
  • The Class of 2021 is an inspiration to our community.
  • Graduates remembered the reason that got them to this day.
May, 2021

A tradition that seems as old as collegiate commencement ceremonies themselves is mortarboard messages. Graduates send messages of thanks to family and friends, inspirational thoughts and dreams for the future. It’s a way for graduates to show their individuality through words and designs and the QCC Class of 2021 was no exception.

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A tradition that seems as old as collegiate commencement ceremonies themselves is mortarboard messages. Graduates send messages of thanks to family and friends, inspirational thoughts and dreams for the future. It’s a way for graduates to show their individuality through words and designs and the QCC Class of 2021 was no exception.

Take a moment and be inspired by these incredible graduates who pushed through the challenges they faced and came out stronger! For those grads who didn’t get a chance to send pictures of their mortarboard messages, there’s still time!

Send your name, photo and degree or certificate major to khutner [at] qcc.mass.edu to be featured in a future issue of the QCC Wyvern Guardian newsletter.

  • Julie Tzipori (L) and Karen O’Neill (R) of QCC's Early Childhood Education program help out at QCC's weekly food distribution.
May, 2021

The Quinsigamond Community College Food Pantry & Resource Center has become a lifeline for students who are food insecure. The Food Pantry has helped over 600 students and their families offering weekly food in a safe, contact-free way during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Quinsigamond Community College Food Pantry & Resource Center has become a lifeline for students who are food insecure. The Food Pantry has helped over 600 students and their families offering weekly food in a safe, contact-free way during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each Wednesday, QCC volunteers distribute 2,000 lbs. of food curbside that enables students to continue with their education, while feeding themselves and their families.

“Imagine trying to effectively learn when you are struggling with hunger. The food pantry is helping students continue to realize their dreams of a better life through education,” said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

Recently the Food Pantry received a large donation of diapers, baby food and cereal that was made by Paul LaCava, on behalf of the 365Z Foundation, Inc., an organization whose mission is to provide ideas, guidance and resources that will encourage, inspire and challenge individuals to perform conscious acts of kindness. Mr. LaCava is a founding member.

“I was delighted to walk into the Food Pantry on Wednesday and see the very large donation to the QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center. The diapers and cereal are in high demand, and our students truly appreciate it,” said Manager of Student Resources Bonnie Coleman.

Visit the QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center to learn more about its services, or how to make a Food Pantry donation.

  • Massachusetts has recognized Juneteenth Independence Day as an official State holiday on June 19.
May, 2021

This year, Massachusetts, along with many other states and cities and in accordance with Governor Baker’s 2020 proclamation, will honor Juneteenth Independence Day as an official State holiday on June 19.

As the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, is a day for deep reflection. Although Juneteenth has been informally...

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This year, Massachusetts, along with many other states and cities and in accordance with Governor Baker’s 2020 proclamation, will honor Juneteenth Independence Day as an official State holiday on June 19.

As the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, is a day for deep reflection. Although Juneteenth has been informally celebrated every year since 1865, it wasn't until June 3, 1979, that Texas became the first state to proclaim Emancipation Day (Juneteenth) an official State holiday. Our fervent hope is that this day will also be recognized as a national holiday.

"As we commemorate Juneteenth, let us all remember this is an observance of freedom for those who fought and those who continue to fight against injustice. QCC stands with you, and together we can be the change that will take us on a course to a better life that is equitable for everyone," said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. 

  • Professor of Mathematics Sheiba Mas-Oud
May, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College’s Bridges to College is a free summer program for students interested in enrolling at QCC and want to get a jump-start on preparing for credit classes. Students are able to participate in one or more noncredit, accelerated college readiness seminars in Mathematics and English, in preparation for college level course work.

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Bridges to College is a free summer program for students interested in enrolling at QCC and want to get a jump-start on preparing for credit classes. Students are able to participate in one or more noncredit, accelerated college readiness seminars in Mathematics and English, in preparation for college level course work.

Upon successful completion of both English and Mathematics seminars, students will go directly into college level English and/or math in the fall. All books and computer access codes for this program are free and will be provided to students enrolled in the program. In addition to the books and codes, students must have their own functional computer or laptop and reliable connection to the Internet. For prospective students who do not have a computer or Internet, please reach out to the jzayas [at] qcc.mass.edu (Program Coordinator Julio Zayas) for more information.

Currently QCC is offering summer “In & Out English Seminar” sessions, designed to increase college readiness and to prepare students for college level reading and writing within one ultra-compressed, 45-hour, two-week schedule. This seminar will combine state-of-the-art, adaptive reading and writing technology, paired with faculty guidance, supplemental individualized instruction, and peer-to-peer learning.

Available In & Out English Seminar sessions include:

 

  • June 10 – June 23, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • July 6 – July 18, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • (Session A) July 6 – July 18, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • July 12 – July 25, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Mathematics Seminar is also being offered this summer and is designed to increase college readiness and to prepare students for college-level Math within one compressed, five-week schedule.

Math Seminars combine state-of-the-art, online teaching and technology paired with faculty guidance, supplemental individualized instruction, and peer-to-peer learning.  Dates for the Summer II Math Seminar are July 6-August 13. During each session, students will meet with instructors for one hour on Tuesday – Thursday, or Monday - Wednesday at the specified time. If necessary, there can be flexibility on one-to-one study scheduling.

For more information or to register for a seminar, contact Mr. Zayas at 774.670.8601 or jzayas [at] qcc.mass.edu. Non-traditional students (those students who did not attend college directly or very soon after high school graduation) are highly recommended to apply.

  • June ushers in the start of summer. Make the most of yours and look into a summer II class at QCC. Classes begin July 6.
May, 2021

Monday, June 7: COVID-19 testing is available in the QCC Athletic Center (670 West Boylston St. Worcester)Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. through the end of June. Appointments are not required - testing is on a walk-in basis. For additional information visit ...

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Monday, June 7: COVID-19 testing is available in the QCC Athletic Center (670 West Boylston St. Worcester)Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. through the end of June. Appointments are not required - testing is on a walk-in basis. For additional information visit Surveillance Testing.

Friday, June 18: The College will be closed in observance of Juneteenth Independence Day (June 19). This year, Juneteenth falls on a Saturday, therefore, QCC will close Friday. This is the first year that Massachusetts, along with many other states and cities, is honoring the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Please make Juneteenth a day of deep reflection.

Wednesday, June 30: The last day of Summer I classes/exams. Summer II Classes begin July 6.

June Spotlight:  ‘Your Voice Matters: Community Conversations’ hosted by the President’s Advisory Council on Equity (PACE) will continue to take place throughout the summer, every Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. “Your Voice Matters: Community Conversations” is an opportunity for members of the QCC college community to engage in open dialogue around equity. All are welcome to join in this opportunity to explore and exchange perspectives in a safe space, or come to listen, learn, and support colleagues.

Email Selina Boria at sboria [at] qcc.mass.edu to receive the weekly calendar invitation.

Remember Summer II classes begin July 6. Take a summer course and get a head start this fall. Register Today!  QCC. It’s College. Made Smarter.

  • Make the most of your summer and try a virtual finess class.
May, 2021

Summertime and summer fitness go hand-in-hand! QCC's free fitness classes are available to all QCC Students, Staff and Faculty. The ideal fitness class during the ideal season. It doesn't get better than this! 

Body Blaster Boot Camp

This 45-minute, interval-based boot camp style class mixes calisthenics, body weight exercises, cardio and strength training....

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Summertime and summer fitness go hand-in-hand! QCC's free fitness classes are available to all QCC Students, Staff and Faculty. The ideal fitness class during the ideal season. It doesn't get better than this! 

Body Blaster Boot Camp

This 45-minute, interval-based boot camp style class mixes calisthenics, body weight exercises, cardio and strength training. Workouts are designed to challenge participants at all levels. Minimal to no equipment necessary. The free, virtual class is held every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Zoom Yoga

In this class, basic foundational yoga postures are practiced to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body. Full-body relaxation and balance are the goals, with a full circuit of the body's range of motion through standing postures, twists, backbends, forward folds, and hip openers. These free, ongoing Virtual Zoom Yoga classes are held Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. Get your summer namaste on! 

Yoga/Meditation Class

Calm your mind and your body with the movement of Yoga and Meditation.Yoga modifications are given each session to meet all skill levels.

Attend the whole 40-minute class from 6:00 p.m. - 6:40 p.m, or just the Yoga portion from 6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m., or just the Meditation portion from 6:20 p.m. - 6:40 p.m. You decide! This is a perfect way to end your day and get ready to greet the next one rested and refreshed.

Zoom Zumba

QCC’s Zoom Zumba is held twice a week on Tuesdays from 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 6:45p.m. It is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness. Dance your way to a healthier you! 

Email Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick for a Zoom invite to any of the free fitness classes at lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu.

May, 2021

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We are pleased to announce the following full-time staff update:

On May 2, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Dympna Kane as Accounting & Financial Project Manager. Dympna brings to this position over 20 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as Financial Coordinator at Framingham State University. Dympna earned a Bachelor's Degree from Bentley University and a MBA...

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We are pleased to announce the following full-time staff update:

On May 2, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Dympna Kane as Accounting & Financial Project Manager. Dympna brings to this position over 20 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as Financial Coordinator at Framingham State University. Dympna earned a Bachelor's Degree from Bentley University and a MBA from Framingham State University.

On June 1, 2021, Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed Brandon Won as Enrollment Counselor (Admissions Office). Brandon brings to this position three years of experience. Most recently, he worked as a part time employee here at Quinsigamond Community College. Previously, Brandon worked for the Republic of Korea/US Army as a Sargent. Brandon earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Korea University of Technology and Education.

Please join us in welcoming Dympna and Brandon into their new roles at QCC.

April, 2021

  • QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.
April, 2021

On April 20, Quinsigamond Community College President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. released a statement regarding the recent verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

“We have all held our collective breaths waiting for the outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota. The conviction of one police officer does not end the systemic racism that people of color endure in this country on a...

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On April 20, Quinsigamond Community College President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. released a statement regarding the recent verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

“We have all held our collective breaths waiting for the outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota. The conviction of one police officer does not end the systemic racism that people of color endure in this country on a daily basis.

As a nation, emotions will run high as a result of this outcome. As we process the verdict, we cannot forget that George Floyd lost his life. His family and our country are forever impacted by the events that lead to this trial.

Unfortunately, the outcome of the trial will not bring solace to everyone in our country. Today is a strong reminder that there is a lot more work to do in order to eradicate and dismantle systemic racism in the United States. Let us all recommit ourselves to that effort.

As a community, and an institution of higher education, we must continue to have the hard conversations that make us uncomfortable as we develop pathways to healing. We need to foster an open and honest dialogue that allows us to become a stronger nation. Together, we can provide examples of equity, inclusion and diversity for ourselves and for our children to follow. We must reflect on what we can do individually and collectively to ensure that the voices of people of color and other marginalized populations are heard, so that we can learn and work hand-in-hand to ensure these injustices never happen again.

Although the trial has ended, these relevant and important conversations must continue if we are to make lasting systemic changes to our nation.”

  • QCC will host a Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on May 11 for faculty, staff, students and their families.
April, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible and is helping spread the word on vaccine clinics throughout our region.

Recognizing the need to help our communities who have been underserved, a variety of Equity Vaccine Clinics are now available through the COVID-19...

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Quinsigamond Community College encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible and is helping spread the word on vaccine clinics throughout our region.

Recognizing the need to help our communities who have been underserved, a variety of Equity Vaccine Clinics are now available through the COVID-19 Vaccine initiative, which focuses on 20 prioritized communities and those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. These clinics are state-funded and have their own requirements.

​The COVID-19 Vaccine initiative focuses on 20 prioritized communities and those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 that include:

  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Latin individuals
  • Individuals who do not speak English, or who prefer to speak in another language.
  • Individuals who do not have access to public transportation or who have barriers getting to a vaccination site.
  • Individuals who do not feel comfortable receiving the vaccine in a traditional Healthcare setting.
  • Individuals with disabilities and those who have access and functional needs.
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Individuals with mental illness and/or residents with substance use disorder.

Walk-in Equity Vaccine Mobile Clinics are part of the State's COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative. These clinics are for individuals who qualify according to Equity and Phase. 

The following clinics are available over the next several days: 

  • Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for QCC Faculty, Staff, Students and their Families. Registration is required by Thursday, May 6.
  • Date: Tuesday, May 11, Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  •  Location: QCC Athletic Center, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester
  • Parking is available in Lot 2 on QCC's main campus. ID and insurance card are required.
  • This Clinic is run by Albertson’s/Shaw’s/Osco

       Registration is required by Thursday, May 6.

Equity COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-in Clinics (No Appointment Necessary) 

 

  • Date: Wednesday, May 5
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: CENTRO, 11 Sycamore St., Worcester
  • Questions? Call 508.798.1900 ext. 241
  • Date: Thursday, May 6
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Lakeside Apartments, 44 Lakeside Ave., Worcester
  • Questions? Call 508.635.3306 or lmateo.vaccineinfo [at] gmail.com
  • Date: Saturday, May 8
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Worcester Common, 455 Main St., Worcester
  • Questions? Text 508.372.0630 or lmateo.vaccineinfo [at] gmail.com
  • Date: Wednesday, May 12
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Boys & Girls Club, 65 Boys & Girls Club Way,  Worcester
  • Questions? Call 508.754.2686 ext. 201 or lmateo.vaccineinfo [at] gmail.com
  • Date: Thursday, May 13
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Iglesia de Oración, 21 Canterbury St., Worcester
  • Questions? Text 508.372.0630 or lmateo.vaccineinfo [at] gmail.com

"The best way to protect yourself and your community is by getting vaccinated and I encourage everyone who has not been vaccinated to do so,"  said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. 

  •  PTK student Edmilse Diaz
  • PTK student Alexander Riopel
  • PTK student Vincent Carl Strzelecki
  • PTK student Bradley Sylvestre
April, 2021

Four Quinsigamond Community College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students, Edmilse Diaz, Alexander Riopel, Vincent Carl Strzelecki and Bradley Sylvestre, have been recognized for their outstanding achievements as members of the 2021 Phi Theta Kappa All-Massachusetts Academic Team. 

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Four Quinsigamond Community College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students, Edmilse Diaz, Alexander Riopel, Vincent Carl Strzelecki and Bradley Sylvestre, have been recognized for their outstanding achievements as members of the 2021 Phi Theta Kappa All-Massachusetts Academic Team. 

Each year, the highest academic achievers in the state’s 15-member community college system are selected for the team. Students are chosen for their high academic achievement, as well as their exceptional student service and are honored by the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony is being held virtually, as opposed to its traditional venue of the Massachusetts State House. Each student is currently being spotlighted through MACC’s social media, through a virtual “PTK Community College Excellence Week,” during the last week of April.

“This is an honor not only for these outstanding students, but also for QCC. These students have worked hard to get to where they are. Their dedication and perseverance are an inspiration to everyone who dreams of a better life through higher education,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

Edmilse Diaz is a member of the Class of 2022 Dental Hygiene program. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she moved to the U.S. as a child.

“I received a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Saint Michael’s College in 2015. Throughout my life, I have continued to pursue learning and have always challenged myself. I came to QCC when I decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene, because I wanted to help raise awareness on the importance of oral health and its affect on a person’s overall health,” Ms. Diaz said.

During her spare time, Ms. Diaz can be found training in Jiu Jitsu and mantis boxing.

"I also love spending time with my dog, 'Johnny,' and when the sun is shining, you can often catch me on a hiking trail somewhere," she added. 

Alexander Riopel chose QCC because of its MassTransfer program with UMass Amherst.

“I am currently a business transfer major and plan on pursuing a finance degree at a four-year university in the fall. QCC has done a great job preparing me for a four-year university,” Mr. Riopel said. “As the former president of QCC’s PTK Honor Society, I was fortunate to be part of a group that affected real change within the community.”

Mr. Riopel continues to push himself academically and is part of the Commonwealth Honors Program. In addition to his extracurricular activities and academics, he consistently works 20-plus hours a week, to support himself financially while in school.

"I am proud to say that I have made the most of my time at QCC, and look forward to continuing on to a four-year university," he said. 

Vincent Carl Strzelecki came to QCC to pursue a degree in Computer Science. He was also named a 2021 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar. Mr. Strzelecki said QCC’s math and writing centers were both important resources he utilized. 

“My life’s goal is to help as many people as I can, and I am working hard to build a career in video game development, so I can create games that are inexpensive, highly accessible, and very enjoyable,” he said.

Bradley Sylvestre is in QCC’s Nurse Education program and is a member of the Class of 2022.

“Despite classes being online with limited time in a physical classroom, I have been able to learn from the best and apply that knowledge in my clinical settings. I was able to go to a local nursing home in Westborough and make a difference with the elderly; see a birth at UMass Hospital in Leominster, and have been able to bond with patients in need of companionship. I was able to do all of this thanks to the hardworking educators at QCC, who were constantly advocating for me and my fellow nursing students, despite the grueling process of running a nursing school during a pandemic,” Mr. Sylvestre said. “QCC is a community college, and for me, a new nursing student from Rhode Island, QCC has become my community.”

According to Bonnie Coleman, QCC’s manager for Student Resources and PTK advisor, the Spring 2021 class of new inductees is the largest group in the College’s history, with 240 new students becoming PTK members. There are 555 total active PTK members at this time.

“The four students honored are a part of a large and impactful student organization. It is an honor to work with such amazing students,” she said.

  • Many past alumni such as Tony Sanders (R) have been honored at QCC's Honors & Awards Ceremony. Photo taken prior to the pandemic
April, 2021

Each year Quinsigamond Community College recognizes the high academic achievements and community involvement of its students. Under normal circumstances  an in-person awards ceremony.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College is operating in a remote format, yet still wants to acknowledge these students and their triumphs. 

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Each year Quinsigamond Community College recognizes the high academic achievements and community involvement of its students. Under normal circumstances  an in-person awards ceremony.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College is operating in a remote format, yet still wants to acknowledge these students and their triumphs. 

“I wish that I could personally congratulate each of you in person on your incredible accomplishments. It is an exceptional feat to be honored as top students,” President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. said. “I realize this last year has put additional stressors on many of you, but through your dedication and determination you have excelled in your studies. You are the future leaders of our world and I have no doubt you will succeed in whatever you aspire to do with your lives.”

The 2021 Department Awards go to the following students:

Mathematics Department Achievement Award
Melanie Castillo Navarrete

Biology Program Achievement Award
Regan Arraje

Chemistry Program Achievement Award
Trinh Nguyen

Pre-Pharmacy Program Achievement Award
Christiana Ayertey

Environmental Sciences Program Achievement Award
Emily Maynard

Human Services Department
Eunice Benitez

Liberal Arts – History
Rachel Fremeau

Liberal Arts – Psychology Department Award
Nathaniel Santiago

Liberal Arts - Sociology
Deirdre Grubb

Early Childhood Education Department 
April Salter

General Studies Department       
Lauren Wysocki

Liberal Arts Department Award
Raquel Vazquez

English Department Award
Edwige Epossi

CIS Department Award
Michael  Lirange

Interactive Media Department Award
Benjamin Adhem Mirsky

Computer Science Outstanding Student Award
Eric Baumhover

HVAC/R Outstanding Student Performance Award
Sarah Arsenault

Biotechnology Outstanding Student Award
Magan Colby Fenway

Automotive Technology Department Award
Martin Beaudette

Biomedical  Engineering (ERBM) Department
Armela Xhindole

CSET Department Award
Scott Gressak

Radiologic Technology Outstanding Student Award
Maddisyn Bouchard

Para Medicine Outstanding Student Award
Bonnie Hensley

Dental Hygiene Department Award
Marcela Miranda

Surgical Technology Outstanding Student Award
Michele Shields

Phi Theta Kappa

  1. Afraa Alnidawi
  2. Devon Arthur
  3. Kwadwo Asare-Larbi
  4. Pakiza Ashaq
  5. Luis Bajana
  6. Hanah Bazin
  7. Dale Bickford
  8. Melanie Castillo Navarrete
  9. Kristina Chacon
  10. Juslyn Codjoe
  11. Amber Comptois
  12. Sara Dalton
  13. Yozue Davita
  14. Francesca De Mora Ocana
  15. Shana Dickieson
  16. Matthew Diggins
  17. Alyssa Durham
  18. Adam Eastty
  19. Amanda Figueiredo
  20. Antonia Lopez
  21. Rachel Fremeau
  22. Alba Frias Blanco
  23. Timothy Gangemi
  24. Diana Gordon
  25. Tanika Gustave
  26. Dezary Guzman
  27. Alferid Hussin Shilfa
  28. Tyler Hopping
  29. Troy Hutchinson
  30. Dana Johnson
  31. Damanta Katuwal
  32. Ethan Knight
  33. Bedee Kollie
  34. Prince Kumah
  35. Taygan Kosky
  36. Chime Lama
  37. Mohamed Lharak
  38. Jonathan Lane
  39. Jose Leal Figueredo
  40. Misty Lusignan
  41. Tyler Maloney
  42. Chase Mannila
  43. Cassandre Marin
  44. Shaymaa Majeed
  45. Gabriella Massoud
  46. Cheri-Lee McDonald
  47. Diana Mohammed Basher
  48. Fatima Mohammed
  49. Farah Mohamad
  50. Tonya Morrill
  51. Babalwa Mweli
  52. Rose Nagelschmidt
  53. Asha Michelle
  54. Luceily Ortiz
  55. Xenia Paez
  56. Jacqueline Pantina
  57. Kristen M. Peters
  58. Jillian Peterson
  59. SherryAnn Potenti-Crumbliss
  60. Estefenson Prado
  61. Kristi Prifti
  62. Ronald Quijada
  63. Gina Remillard
  64. Sharon Ridley
  65. Alexander Riopel
  66. Isabella Rodriguez
  67. Amber Sestito
  68. Roanlis Toribio Jimenez
  69. Lyndsay Uvanitte
  70. Raquel Vazquez
  71. Amanda Waugh
  72. Mary Wheaton
  73. Armela Xhindole
  74. Shazal Zaheer
  75. Robin Zubee

Psi Beta Community College National Honor Society in Psychology

  1. Amanda Campbell
  2. Shauna Connelly  
  3. Ashlee Cruz
  4. Yozue Davila
  5. Gail Delgado  
  6. Keveny Dort    
  7. Jerrica Hassan
  8. Gisselle Jimenez
  9. Kimberly Lodi 
  10. Elizabeth Lopez     
  11. Cassandre Marin   
  12. Rafael Mauricio Blanco Morales
  13. Carolyn Nicol Almanzar Gutierrez
  14. Luceily Ortiz      
  15. Sherry Ann Potenti-Crumbliss
  16. Alba Rosa Frias Blanco
  17. Jessica Sands 
  18. Lyndsay Uvanitte
  19.  Kathryn Walton    
  20. Robin Zubee     

Commonwealth Honors Students

  1. Hanah Bazin
  2. Samuel Brown
  3. Odette Carty-Bleary
  4. Skye Guertin
  5. Alexander King
  6. Jonathan Lane
  7. Cassandre Marin
  8. Alexander Riopel
  9. Connor Scott  
  10. Lauren Wiinikka  
  11. Elma Tafa   
  12. Kevin Quinn   

Veterans’ Graduates

  1. Luis Bajana
  2. Nicholas Bazzano
  3. James Cappadona
  4. Alexander Connolly 
  5. Yozue Davila 
  6. Radoslaw Denert 
  7. Rebekah Diaz 
  8. Corey Duff 
  9. Sandra Hernandez 
  10. Jennifer Hurley 
  11. Frank Ludovico 
  12. John MacIntosh
  13. Brian Mele 
  14. Erik Nugent 
  15. George Smith 
  16. Cyrille Tekam-Tiako
  17. Brett Young
  18. Feliciano Carrasco
  19. Anthony Afrane
  20. Stephanie Harkins
  21. Cory Cronin
  22. Scott Pham
  23. Alfredo Martinez 
  24. Patrick Petitto 
  25. Thomas Fuller 
  26. Vivian Nguyen 
  27. Anthony Monti 
  28. Nathaniel Santiago 
  29. Lisa Dewar 
  30. Thomas Benoit
  31. Randall Cutting
  32. Lorraine Poconramos
  33. Theresa Hughes
  34. Daniel Cesaitis

Distinguished Service Awards

  1. Taylor Cole
  2. Shauna Connelly
  3. Jennifer Dansereau
  4. Crystal Desaulniers
  5. Anita Griffin
  6. Amanda Hernandez
  7. Luceily Ortiz
  8. Alexander Riopel
  9. Tara Rudolph
  10. Armela Xhindole

Special Recognition Student Awards

  1. Luis Bajana
  2. Eunice Benitez
  3. Kristen Chianese
  4. Emily Guidetti
  5. Cheri- Lee McDonald
  6. Morgan Lindsey
  7. Luceily Ortiz
  8. Kristen Peters
  • For the second year in its young history the QCC E-Sports Team are crowned the champions.
April, 2021

Another great season can be entered into the record books for the fledgling Wyverns League of Legends E-Sports team. The team played their final games on Sunday, April 25 winning handily 3-0 over Bunker Hill Community College in the Region XXI Championship E-Sports game.

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Another great season can be entered into the record books for the fledgling Wyverns League of Legends E-Sports team. The team played their final games on Sunday, April 25 winning handily 3-0 over Bunker Hill Community College in the Region XXI Championship E-Sports game.

“The team of 12 came together this season, week in and week out, dedicating time and effort to improve their skills. Each player got a chance to start in a game throughout the season and each and every player stood out,” said Wyverns E-Sports Coach Nathaniel "Nate" Mello.

The Wyverns finished the season with a 5-1 record, echoing the record from the fall 2020 season and even mirroring their fall win against Bunker Hill 3-0 in the finals.

“I am so proud of what this team was able to accomplish this year and I hope to continue our success in the future with players new and old,” Coach Mello said.

QCC began its E-Sports team for the League of Legends competition, a highly competitive, fast paced, action-strategy online game in the summer of 2020. When not in a global pandemic, the game is generally played in an arena where the teams sit across from one another other.

QCC’s Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick said the E-Sports team made a superb addition to the Wyvern sports teams and Coach Mello has been an important part of the team’s success.

“Coach Mello was fantastic and he was the ‘sports announcer’ for all three of these final games. He presented the play-by play action. It was great for anyone to follow who didn’t know anything about the game League of Legends but wanted to follow along,” Ms. Gurnick said. “The team has played amazing all season and has worked hard to get where they are. We are incredibly proud of our newest Wyvern team.”

The Wyvern E-Sports team includes:

  • Alexis Fluegel
  • Samuel Marshall
  • Trevor Dodson
  • Alex Vongkhamheuang
  • Andrew Boucher
  • David Huynh
  • Dylan Tang
  • Joseph Pauplis
  • Monica Doan
  • Eric Miller
  • Lawrence Loughan
  • Gabe Varner
  • Head Coach Nate Mello
  • Assistant Coach Alec Yorston 

Those interested in playing for the next season can email Coach Mello at nmello [at] qcc.mass.edu. Students must be enrolled in 12 credits or more, have a valid (within a year) physical and a GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to play.

Visit Student Athletics to learn more.

  • Recent graduate and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Zeta member Afraa Alnidawi
April, 2021

Recent graduate and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Zeta member Afraa Alnidawi was awarded a $130 scholarship to cover the cost of the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam fee from Walgreens and the National PTK  Honor Society. Ms. Alnidawi is one of 30 students selected to receive this award.

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Recent graduate and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Zeta member Afraa Alnidawi was awarded a $130 scholarship to cover the cost of the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam fee from Walgreens and the National PTK  Honor Society. Ms. Alnidawi is one of 30 students selected to receive this award.

The Walgreens Pharmacy Technician Certification Scholarship recognizes PTK members who are enrolled in Allied Health or Pharmacy Technician programs and who intend to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.

“We are delighted to have one of our PTK members receive this scholarship. These types of awards validate the students’ hard work and dedication to improving their lives through higher education,” said Bonnie Coleman, manager for Student Resources and the College’s PTK advisor.  

Ms. Alnidawi earned her Associate Degree in General Studies - Pre-Pharmacy, in December 2020, and has been accepted into Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services (MCPHS) Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program in fall 2021. 

The scholarship application is open year-round and winners are selected in the spring and the fall, with up to 65 awards given out each year.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Walgreens to offer career opportunities and scholarships to our members,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, executive director of the PTK Foundation. “Certification exam costs often create a financial barrier for students that hinders their ability to enter the workforce. We are grateful to Walgreens for addressing these challenges and providing a pathway to great career opportunities.”

QCC offers a General Studies - Pre-Pharmacy Option, which provides students with the first two years of a strong academic foundation that is required for transfer to four-year or six-year bachelor’s or Ph.D. degree programs in pharmacy or related biological or biochemistry fields.

"My goals for the future are to finish my education and obtain my Doctor of Pharmacy degree and go into the pharmacy profession. After that I want to help people who are unable to finish their schooling because education is really important to me," Ms. Alnidawi said. "I’m also planning to open a pharmacy to provide medications for people who need assistance."

Learn more about about opportunities available through PTK's Alpha Theta Zeta Chapter

  • The 15 community college residents issued a statement regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.
April, 2021

Below is the statement issued by the Presidents of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges:

Now that all Massachusetts residents 16+ are eligible to access appointments, we strongly urge our students, employees, and all in our college communities to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they are able. Top health officials for the state and...

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Below is the statement issued by the Presidents of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges:

Now that all Massachusetts residents 16+ are eligible to access appointments, we strongly urge our students, employees, and all in our college communities to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they are able. Top health officials for the state and the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our community leaders have all demonstrated that the available vaccines are not only safe but are the most effective way to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The vaccines currently being administered have met the Food and Drug Administration’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization. Millions of people in the United States have already received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. 

Last year, we all made the difficult decision to significantly limit in-person services and primarily offer remote and online learning opportunities to keep our communities safe. We share the optimism of many throughout higher education as we view the current public health trends. We know that many of our dedicated faculty, staff, and students have been anxiously waiting their turn in the vaccination queue. At the same time, we continue to move ahead toward a safe and increased face-to-face presence at our campuses to meet the “new normal of campus operations” in the upcoming fall. Widespread vaccinations and continued safety precautions will allow our colleges to safely repopulate our campuses and continue to offer the high-quality education that our students want and deserve. As we have shown throughout this pandemic, campus planning will always be guided, first and foremost, by the health and safety of our entire college community.

Considerations for the fall semester continue to develop and are subject to change, but the community colleges are not contemplating COVID-19 vaccine mandates at this time. It is essential that we meet the needs of all of our students, who are often from the communities hit hardest by this pandemic and facing disproportionate access to the COVID-19 vaccine. And now, it is more important than ever to prioritize equity, and creating additional barriers for our students would go against our critically important mission of open access for all. 

Each April the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducts new members.
April, 2021

Historically each year in the month of April, QCC's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Zeta Theta Honor Society inducts new students into its hallowed ranks. This year during a virtual induction ceremony PTK inducted 240 students, its largest group of new members. Currently there are 555 active PTK members.

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Historically each year in the month of April, QCC's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Zeta Theta Honor Society inducts new students into its hallowed ranks. This year during a virtual induction ceremony PTK inducted 240 students, its largest group of new members. Currently there are 555 active PTK members.

“The new PTK Class of 2021 supersedes the Class of 2020, as the largest in our history,” said Bonnie Coleman, manager for Student Resources and PTK’s Advisor. “We are happy to celebrate this terrific accomplishment of every new PTK member.”

Each year the new PTK officers are elected by their peers and will remain in their roles until a new group of officers is elected the following year. 

The 2021 officers were installed in their positions during the induction ceremony and include:

  • President Tabitha Leber
  • Vice President of Leadership Francis Seme
  • Vice President of Scholarship Tina Massaglia
  • Treasurer Lucas Sicard
  • Secretary Cora Gauthier
  • Officer-at Large Christina Duggan
  • Officer-at-Large Christine Mensah
  • Greenhouse Manager Tabitha Leber
  • Assistant Greenhouse Manager Corinne Marquardt
  • Assistant Greenhouse Manager Alex Oliveira

PTK offers many benefits that include: 

  • Up to $90 million in scholarships
  • Fellowship
  • Alumni benefits to always stay connected with QCC
  • Professional and leadership skills
  • Exploration of numerous career pathways
  • A network of over 3.5 million PTK members around the world
  • Letters of recommendation to assist in getting into 4-year colleges and universities
  • Access to over $4.6 million in transfer scholarships to over 800 colleges and universities

The American Association of Community Colleges has named Phi Theta Kappa the official honor society for two-year colleges. PTK is the only such honor society with this distinction.For more information on PTK and QCC's Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter, visit PTK Honor Society.

  • QCC's Early Childhood Education Lab School anticipates reopening during Fall 2021 semester.
April, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College anticipates reopening its Early Childhood Education Lab School in Fall 2021. The Lab School serves as a lab/training site for students in QCC’s Early Childhood Education program.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lab School closed when the College transitioned to remote instruction. During this time, President Luis G. Pedraja. Ph.D...

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Quinsigamond Community College anticipates reopening its Early Childhood Education Lab School in Fall 2021. The Lab School serves as a lab/training site for students in QCC’s Early Childhood Education program.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lab School closed when the College transitioned to remote instruction. During this time, President Luis G. Pedraja. Ph.D. and the QCC Board of Trustees supported a program review, which examined and renewed the College’s commitment to the Lab School.

“This renewed commitment directly responds to the needs of the Early Childhood Education program, and is in accordance with QCC’s strategic plan and equity initiative,” President Pedraja said. “The Lab School will have a phased reopening that is in accordance with licensure, health, and safety protocols, as is consistent with the reopening plans of the College.”

In March, QCC released its plans to resume in-person services for the Fall 2021 semester following all health and safety protocols. The College will continue to maintain strong online course offerings and remote student support services.

  • A smarter way to attain a degree faster is by taking a summer course or two.
April, 2021

Summertime is headed our way and the warmer weather may just be the perfect opportunity to register for a summer course. Taking classes during the summer offers a multitude of benefits that can accelerate your education.

At QCC, summer classes are seven-weeks as opposed to the standard 15-weeks. This enables students to take two classes in the same time it would normally take them to...

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Summertime is headed our way and the warmer weather may just be the perfect opportunity to register for a summer course. Taking classes during the summer offers a multitude of benefits that can accelerate your education.

At QCC, summer classes are seven-weeks as opposed to the standard 15-weeks. This enables students to take two classes in the same time it would normally take them to take one class during the fall and spring semesters. Summer courses are a great way for students to take a class they may need for their degree or certificate, but haven’t been able to fit it into their schedules. Students can catch up, or even get ahead in their classes, graduating ahead of time in many instances, simply by taking a few extra courses. 

For those students attending a four-year college or university, this is an affordable way to take a course at QCC, and be ahead of the game when they head back to their college or university in the fall. Finally, summer is an ideal time for personal enrichment. This is the time that students can try a course or two in a subject that has always interested them.

QCC's Summer I classes begin on May 24 and Summer II begins July 6.  Register today and find out what so many people already know about QCC. It’s College. Made Smarter.

Powerful documentary, '8 Billion Angels,' addresses overpopulation issues.
April, 2021

The QCC Environmental Science Program, in partnership with the Diversity Caucus recently banded together to host a combined Earth Day and Stand Against Racism Event with the viewing of “8 Billion Angels.” 

The YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism campaign provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #...

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The QCC Environmental Science Program, in partnership with the Diversity Caucus recently banded together to host a combined Earth Day and Stand Against Racism Event with the viewing of “8 Billion Angels.” 

The YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism campaign provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #StandAgainstRacism and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice. This documentary film was the perfect issue for all three groups to get behind and sheds light on the impact of unsustainable growth, how this is intertwined with racial and societal differences, and how humanity's demand for resources exceeds Earth's supply.

An important part of the film’s discussion addressed women’s rights, empowerment and environmental justice. It has been documented that population rates go down when women are educated, and in the documentary the example of Kerala, India was used to demonstrate the importance of educating girls as well as boys, to help with unsustainable population growth. India has historically offered free education only to boys, yet Kerala has bucked that trend and offered education to both girls and boys and Kerala’s population is far lower than the national average.

“My family is actually from Kerala and that's where my grandparents live, all my cousins, my aunts and uncles live. They were all Keralites. And so one of the things that we're all very proud of is the high literacy rate in the state of Kerala, specifically for women and then how that has brought that (population number) down,” said QCC Environmental Science/Physical Science Professor Anita Soracco, noting that "education is key," in helping with unsustainable population growth.

The powerful groundbreaking documentary connected all of the planet’s environmental emergencies, including climate change, with unsustainable population growth. The film’s impactful message weaves together the voices of ordinary people around the world (from Kansas and Maine, to Japan and India) as they confront the growing impact of overpopulation on their lives, as well as the health of the planet's rivers, oceans, land and air.

After the film, an important panel discussion featured the Documentary Film Director Terry Spahr; Professor Soracco; QCC Environmental Science Professor Mark Duvall; Worcester Polytechnic Institute Associate Professor of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability, Laureen Elgert, Ph.D.(who is also co-director for the Ecuador Project Center) and Communications Manager Hannah Evans, of Population Connection. They took part in the candid discussion that connected the impact of the issues raised in the film with social and environmental justice.

“Like any other species that adapts successfully to its environment, we eventually overshoot those resources, and that species either has to eventually move from that environment or contract. The problem is we've essentially run out of places to go and new areas to exploit. We've essentially invaded every corner of the globe and so it’s a real challenge that we have,” Mr. Spahr said. “The question is, do we have the wisdom and I think the capacity to acknowledge this and address this impending crisis with honesty and compassion?”

For questions or to learn more about the documentary, email Professor Soracco at asoracco [at] qcc.mass.edu. Visit Environmental Science to learn more about QCC's program. 

  • QCC's Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden and her granddaugher Ashlyn McCarty deliver handwritten well-wishes to veterans.
April, 2021

The QCC Veterans Club recently dropped off cards and letters to veterans at the Bristol, Rhode Island Veterans Home. The card and letters were made by the third graders at Amvets School in North Attleboro. QCC’s Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden, coordinated the multi-generational project.

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The QCC Veterans Club recently dropped off cards and letters to veterans at the Bristol, Rhode Island Veterans Home. The card and letters were made by the third graders at Amvets School in North Attleboro. QCC’s Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden, coordinated the multi-generational project.

“QCC's Veterans Club members have dropped off similar messages to the veterans in honor of Veterans Day. These cards and letters bring a lot of joy to our veterans and is something they look forward to receiving,” Ms. Ogden said.

The Veterans Club provides military veterans, their family members and active duty military with support, advocacy and resources to aid in their successful transition to life as a student. The Veterans Club is a member of the Student Veterans of America (SVA), a national organization.

Visit QCC’s Veteran Affairs to learn more about the support QCC offers to student veterans and members of the Armed Forces.

  • The Wyvern was recently spotted hanging out in Central Massachusetts.
April, 2021

The Wyvern was found hanging out and looking pretty cool at Victor Somma's personal "dealership."  Who knew the Wyvern was a biker! 

Have you seen the Wyvern out lately? Rumor has it he's had his vaccine, so you just might catch sight of him soon!  Send documented sightings and descriptions to...

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The Wyvern was found hanging out and looking pretty cool at Victor Somma's personal "dealership."  Who knew the Wyvern was a biker! 

Have you seen the Wyvern out lately? Rumor has it he's had his vaccine, so you just might catch sight of him soon!  Send documented sightings and descriptions to Where in the World is the Wyvern? 

  • Make sure to cheer on the QCC graduates at the 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 21.
April, 2021

Tuesday, May 4: QCC Diversity Caucus invites you to a virtual film discussion at 6:00 p.m. The "All In Me" film discussion will be with Movie Director and Producer Ivonne Belén, and will feature cinematographer Jochi Melero and Julia de Burgos’ niece and poet María Consuelo Sáez Burgos. The film should be watched before event at: "...

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Tuesday, May 4: QCC Diversity Caucus invites you to a virtual film discussion at 6:00 p.m. The "All In Me" film discussion will be with Movie Director and Producer Ivonne Belén, and will feature cinematographer Jochi Melero and Julia de Burgos’ niece and poet María Consuelo Sáez Burgos. The film should be watched before event at: "All In Me." 

For Zoom information, please email dgonzalez [at] qcc.mass.edu for Zoom login.

Wednesday May 5 – Tuesday May 11: Last week of classes.

Thursday, May 13: 29 Who Shine Awards Ceremony, 2:00 p.m. virtual ceremony https://www.mass.edu/system/29whoshine.asp.

Monday, May 24: Summer I Classes begin.

May Spotlight: Friday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. QCC will host its 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Visit https://www.QCC.edu/commencement-2021 to honor the hundreds of graduates who have succeeded in realizing their dreams of a better future through higher education.

  • Exercise your way to a healthier you with free virtual fitness classes.
April, 2021

Free Fitness Classes for all QCC Students, Staff and Faculty. The ideal fitness class is only a few clicks away!

Body Blaster Boot Camp

This 45-minute, interval-based boot camp style class mixes calisthenics, body weight exercises, cardio and strength training. Workouts are designed to challenge participants at all levels. Minimal to no equipment necessary. The free, virtual class is...

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Free Fitness Classes for all QCC Students, Staff and Faculty. The ideal fitness class is only a few clicks away!

Body Blaster Boot Camp

This 45-minute, interval-based boot camp style class mixes calisthenics, body weight exercises, cardio and strength training. Workouts are designed to challenge participants at all levels. Minimal to no equipment necessary. The free, virtual class is held every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Zoom Yoga

In this class, basic foundational yoga postures are practiced to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body. Full-body relaxation and balance are the goals, with a full circuit of the body's range of motion through standing postures, twists, backbends, forward folds, and hip openers. These free, ongoing Virtual Zoom Yoga classes are held Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. This is a perfect way to find that energy and finish out the day strong.

Yoga/Meditation Class

Let go of stress and tension through the movement of Yoga. Calm your mind, settle your body and find a softer focus. All that is required are comfortable clothes and a Yoga mat if you have one. There are instruction modifications to meet your needs.

Attend the whole 40-minute class, or just Yoga from 6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m., OR just the Meditation portion from 6:20 p.m. - 6:40 p.m. This is a perfect way to end your day!

Zoom Zumba

QCC’s Zoom Zumba is held twice a week on Tuesdays from 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 6:45p.m. It is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness. A great way to sashay your way to a fitter lifestyle.

Email Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick for a Zoom invite to any of the free fitness classes at lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu.

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