A MESSAGE FROM “PRESIDEAN” MINKLER TO THE CLASS OF 2019
Commencement is nearly upon us. It’s a time when the energy of the entire college focuses on you, the graduates of the Class of 2019.
You are the reason the faculty, the staff, my fellow Deans, and I choose to work at Middlesex Community College. You challenge us, you encourage us, you frustrate us (sometimes) – but most importantly, you inspire us.
You’ve worked hard. You’ve studied, conducted research, and wrote papers. You completed your clinical experiences or internships, and took exams. Lots of them. Many of you did this while working, raising a family, or taking care of loved ones. You did this knowing that higher education is the key to a brighter, more successful future for yourselves and your families.
Commencement is a time when we celebrate everything you’ve achieved.
It’s also a time when we look forward to what you will become.
As you enter the next chapter of your lives, we hope that Middlesex has given you the foundation to become the compassionate and confident leaders of tomorrow. Your degree or certificate shows that you’ve mastered a particular field of study. Earning your diploma from Middlesex shows that you graduated from a college where mastering the art of serving others in a true sense of community spirit is what it’s all about.
We put you, our students, at the center of all that we do. We believe we’ve given you the tools to put others at the center of what you do. Or, as Maya Angelou wrote: “Good done anywhere is good done everywhere.”
I share with my colleagues a real sense of pride and joy about the fact that so many of you have completed the requirements of your program. Middlesex Community College will forever be your alma mater. As you graduate into continued college studies or a new career, we hope you come back often to let us know how you are doing. Even better, we hope you find a way to “pay it forward” to those Middlesex students who are coming after you, in future graduating classes.
Many, many congratulations to the Class of 2019!