Thursday, May 25, 2023
6 p.m.
Middlesex Community College Campus

Middlesex Community College, 2023 Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony Live Stream
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2023 Commencement 🎓

Photos from the Ceremony
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MxCC Commencement 2023

Highlights Reel
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The ceremony and festivities for the graduates of Middlesex Community College Class of 2023 will take place on the Middletown campus Thursday evening, May 25, 2023, at 6 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the graduation ceremony will be moved to O.H. Platt High School located at 220 Coe Avenue, Meriden, CT. Notification will be sent to all graduates via their student email accounts and announced on the college website on the day of the ceremony. If the ceremony is moved indoors, there will be a limit of two guests per graduate. Tickets, distributed with cap and gown, must be presented for entrance to Platt’s auditorium. Please note helium balloons are not allowed in the high school.

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Commencement Speaker

Donna HyltonDonna Hylton has been active in community service for over three decades. For 25 years, she was a member of the faculty of Middlesex Community College where she served as professor and Program Coordinator for the Computer Information Technology and Management Information Systems degree programs until her retirement as Professor Emerita in July 2022. During her tenure at MxCC, Donna started and served as the Faculty Advisor for the Computer Club, and founded the Technology Center, the club’s technical service-learning hub for the campus. She was also an inaugural faculty member of the Transitional Year Program that helps shepherd students to success in college. Donna’s passion for helping people from all walks of life discover their greatness and achieve success did not find expression only in her work at Middlesex Community College but is evident in other areas as well.

In 2002, Donna created Adventures in Learning, a free summer program that inspires children to get excited about learning. That initiative, which she continues to lead, has become Adventures in Learning STEM GEMS Camp which helps children discover the wonders of STEM.

In 2017, Donna took a sabbatical leave from MxCC to attack the problem of underrepresentation of women, girls, and people of color in STEM. Out of this sabbatical project, Donna founded STEAM Train, a non-profit organization that works to move generations of under resourced and underrepresented populations to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM), and beyond. Today, Donna is grateful to serve as STEAM Train’s President/CEO.

Donna earned her undergraduate degree in Administrative Computer Systems from Hofstra University, and her master’s degree in Computer Information Technology from Central Connecticut State University. She has also earned a second master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She began her IT career in New York City before transitioning to Connecticut where she worked as a computer programmer for 12 years before beginning her teaching career in 1997.

Donna is married to Paul Hylton and they have four daughters, three granddaughters, and three sons-in-law. Together the Hyltons serve as pastors of Shiloh Christian Church, Middletown.

Pres Cheng Convocation Remarks



Dr. Donna Bontatibus, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Donna Bontatibus, Interim Dean of Academic & Student Affairs


Dr. Sara Hanson Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Dr. Sara K. Hanson,
Associate Dean of Student Affairs