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Gateway’s Graduation to Go Brings Commencement to Graduates

June, 2021
  • Gateway graduate Jordan Geoffrey celebrates with her family.
    Gateway graduate Jordan Geoffrey celebrates with her family.
  • Gateway graduate Alexis Lamontagne enjoys her big day.
    Gateway graduate Alexis Lamontagne enjoys her big day.
  • Gateway graduate receives his diploma from Gateway to College Resource Specialist, Jenna Glazer.
    Gateway graduate receives his diploma from Gateway to College Resource Specialist, Jenna Glazer.
  • From left: Jenna Glazer, Gateway graduate Olivia Astorga and Marci Skillings.
    From left: Gateway to College Resource Specialist, Jenna Glazer, Gateway graduate Olivia Astorga and Director, Gateway to College, Marci Skillings.

Staff from the Quinsigamond Community College’s Gateway to College Program knew the hard work and dedication required to graduate from the program and earn their diploma. Last year, amid a global pandemic, the department put together a “Graduation to Go” event. Students who earned their diplomas were visited in person at their homes by Gateway staff members who delivered their diplomas, honored their achievements and documented the event with photos. Students were sent caps and gowns prior to the Gateway staff visits.

Gateway to College Program was developed for students between the ages of 16-21, who have dropped out of high school or were at risk of dropping out. Students accepted into the program work on obtaining their high school diplomas, while also simultaneously earning college credits. QCC’s program recently reached 200 Gateway to College graduates since the program’s inception. The majority of graduates have gone on to earn college degrees.

“We visited 14 of our 27 graduates. The furthest we went was North Adams. Most of our grads are moving onto college at QCC,” said Gateway to College Resource Specialist, Jenna Glazer. “We also graduated many students we weren’t able to meet in person until we delivered their diplomas.”

Visit Gateway to College program to learn more about the program.

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