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Twenty-Third 
Annual Commencement 

Friday, June 6, 1997 Three o'clock p.m. 
Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center 



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Lift ev'ry voice and sing 

Till earth and heaven ring, 

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; 

Let our rejoicing rise, High as the list'ning skies. 

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. 

Sing a song ftiU of the faith that the dark past has taught us. 

Sing a song ftill of the hope that the present has brought us; 

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun 

Let us march on till victory is won. 



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ames Weldon Johnson 



Foundation 




^oard of Trustees 

Dr. Donald J. Reaves, Chair 

Sharif Abdal-Khallaq, Vice Chair 

Dr. Mildred C. Blackman, Secretary 

Harry Sterling, Jr., Treasurer 

Dr. Toye Lee Brown 

Alberto B. Calvo 

J. Keith Motley 

Pervis Ryans, Jr. 

Toya M. Scott, Student Trustee 

Joseph Steinfield, Esq. 

Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown 

President 

Roxbury Community College 




ward of Directors 

Leon E. Wilson, President 

William R. Sapers, Vice President 

Charles J. Beard Esq., Treasurer 

Donald E. Alhart, Esq., Asst. Treasurer 

Sylvia A. McDowell, Clerk 

Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown * 

Sharif Abdal-Khallaq* 

Minosca Alcantara, M.S. 

Caroline J. Chang 

Donna Harris-Lewis 

Richard M. Lee 

Paul J. MacKinnon 

Marva F. Nathan, M.S., R.N. 

Julia M. Ojeda, M.Ed. 

Cassandra Anae Simmons, Ph.D. 

Alvene Williams 

Robert A. Williams III 

Cheryle A. Wills 



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dministration 



Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown 
President 

Charles Rubin 

Executive Director of Academic & 

Management Support Systems 

Nadine Dowling 

Chief Development Officer 

Susan Allen 

Dean of Student Affairs 

Monica P. Bond 

Dean of Curriculum & Instruction 

Barbara Burgess 

Dean of Enrollment Management 

Paul Willenbrock 

Executive Dean of Academic Affairs 

Jack Whittaker 
Executive Director of Planning 
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Committee 

Susan Allen 
Elizabeth Clark 
Doris Woods 
Jeanne Ewing 
Colleen Spence 
Joann Wilson-Singleton 
Robert Robichaud 
Michael Ranaudo 
Bill Polk 
Justin A. Petty 
Suki Choe 
Ed Moussally 
Alex Asare 
Trudy Thompson 
Gwendolyn Roscoe 



Thomas C. Sweeney 
Comptroller 

David Murray 

Director of Human Resources 

David Fraizer 

Executive Director of College 

Operations 




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Processional The Adrianne Ross Quartet 

Invocation The Reverend Dr. Michael Ellis 

Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing Patrice Brown, J. L. Spriggs 

& The Roxbury Community 
College Choral Society 

Welcome Dr. Donald J. Reaves, 

Chairman, Board of Trustees 

Recognition of Guests Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown, President 

Introduction to the Student Speaker. Barbara Burgess, Dean of 

Enrollment Management 

Student Speaker. Chesterfield Coppin 

Introduction of Commencement Speaker. Dr. Mildred C. Blackman 

Commencement Address The Honorable Representative 

Shirley Owens Hicks 

Thank you to the Commencement Speaker...,. P^^^/ Willenbrock, Executive Dean 

of Academic Affairs 

Charge to the College Dr. Donald Reaves 

Presentation of Degree Candidates Susan Allen, Dean of Student Affairs 

Introduction to Rites of Passage Board of Trustee Member 

Rites of Passage Drum Song Brother Joe 

Conferral of Degrees Dr Grace Carolyn Brown, President 

Presentation of Certificates Monica Bond, Dean of 

Curriculum & Instruction 



Conferral of Certificates Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown, President 

Introduction of the vocal selection Board of Trustees Member 

Vocal Selection "Home" Patrice Brown, J. L.Spriggs, 

Marquita Morrisey & 
Andrew Dorsett at keyboard 

Recognition of Scholarship Recipients William R. Sapers, Vice President, 

RCC Foundation 

Presentation of the NABA Award Leighton H. Richardson, 

Past President of NABA, 
Scholarship Committee Chair 

Words of Inspiration Board of Trustee Member 

Alumni Charge Cindy Walker, Class of 1988 

Benediction The Reverend Dr Michael Ellis 

Recessional, Drumming Song by Brother Joe 



Reception immediately following ceremony, Music by Culture Jam 

Secondfloor 

Roxbury Community College Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center 



Special Thanks: 

Refreshments by The Elegant Concession Group Inc. 

Vlowers hy Ambience 

Balloons by Tellebelles 

Room decorations by Elizabeth Clark 



andidates for \^:/egrees 



Associate of Arts 

Brenda I. Acajabon* 

Celestina N. Agudozie 

Jamil Akbar 

Abdullah O. Alqshere 

Jose Amaro Amaro* 

Vonette B. Anglin 

Fekerte Azbite* 

Andrea Benitez 

Kenyola E. Bennett* 

Samaria J. Brown* 

Dominico Cabral* 

Clara Cabral* 

Antoinette Tara Chabilal 

Olivia D. Chacon* 

Fachetty Andre Chalumeau* 

Peter Shane Chandler* 

Sandra S. Cherubin 

Ibette Cirino* 

Florence I. Craig 

Naomi L. Crumb* 

Chesterfield Ricardo Daniel-Coppin* 

Pierre Andre Deligent 

ThuyetT. Doan 

Garry Gerard Dorcent 

Sandra Isabel Edwards* 

Kenya Afi Edwards 

Ruby Obiageliaku Egegbara* 



Wilfi-edo Feliciano 

Mayra Figueroa* 

Malcolm Abongwe Fombu* 

Christabel U. Fombu 

Cleve Alexis Frederick 

LaQuina E. Garvin 

Frehiwot Gebrehiwot 

Tebe Afewerki Ghebreezghi* 

Omayra Gonzalez* 

Ruthie M. Graham* 

Clarisa Guzman 

Genene Habtemariam* 

Lavett Aurellia Holloman* 

Desmond E. Jacks 

Jims D. Jean Jacques* 

Ludwine D. Jean Jacques* 

Elou Joseph* 

Pierre Joseph 

Kevin Andrew Kelly 

Teeta B.Y. Kpolar* 

Antoine Lee- Wesley Lafontant'* 

Shelly-Ann A. Lewis 

Regina L. Lewis* 

Michael Coleman Lydon* 

Pamela Rudo Masunda* 

Abdilahi A. Mohamed 

Mohamoud Y. Mohamoud* 



Alex Tadeu Monteiro* 

Callixtus Azemnzi Muanya 

Vayamena Nemorin* 

Ethel M. Nixon* 

Inokpoare I. Okoawo* 

Olga Ordonez 

Mauricio Pena* 

Christophine Djomumessi Penka 

Immacula Pierre* 

Grenvile Lloyd Pusey 

Patricia E. Quinonez 

Berony Raysan 

Ernestine A. Reams 

Jhimps Richard 

Juanita Richardson-Searls 

Genda Roach 

Frances Jean Rowell-Darden 

Elliot Keith Scott 

Junior Senat* 

Kiowe Obi Smith* 

Veronica Kay Spriggs 

Fannie L. Stewart 

Derrick O. Stewart* 

Linda A. Sweeney* 

Luis Andrade Tavares* 

Emilia N. Udok-Anaka* 

Tsige B. Washun* 

Jay R. Withers 



Associate of Science 

Miriam Grace Acajabon* 

NurJ. Adam 

Dolores Juanita Agbortoko 

Suline Marie Alexandre* 

Valerie Alfred* 

Deborah Deb Aponte* 

Elizabeth J. Belfon 

Sandra A. Bowden* 

Vivian A. Brooks* 

Charles Alexander Browne 

Carleen K.M. Cameron 

Ada Nora Caraballo 

Darlene Carter 

Ingrid J. Castillo* 

Wilson Cespedes 

Janice C. Chandler 

Chun L. Chang* 

Cheryl E. Chavis 

Christina Chirlaine Cheek 

Eddy Colin 

Chequetta Culbreath* 

Kodjo S. Dami 

Chesterfield Ricardo Daniel-Copp 

Berline Dautruche* 



Theresa A. Davis* 

Maria De Foster* 

Providencia Diaz 

Nesso Dubuisson 

Diane Barbara Fagan 

Altagracia Felipe- Victoriano 

Denise Ferreira-Daly* 

Musa K. Fofana* 

Brian C.L. Forde Sr. 

Neville W. Francis 

Allyson Franklin-Rose 

Anne Marie Denise Gaston 

Elsie Gonzalez 

Carmen Gonzalez 

Ruthie M. Graham* 

Paulette W. Greene- Wallace 

Christa O. Gumbs-Kirby 

Krista Lynn Hale 

Angela Concepcion Henriquez" 

Tayna O. Husbands 

Indrique Izidore* 

Teila Jenkins 

Marie M. Jules* 

Maritza A. Juliao 

Albertha Kangal 

Sylvie Alliance Kouanya 

Soching Agnes Lam 



Dawn Marie Lanza* 

Eva E. Lewis* 

Angela Lister 

Glen A. Lomax 

Alicia Marie Lopes 

Antoine Jumel Loreus* 

Chan Juan Luo 

Marie Raphael MacDowell 

Sergo Maigna 

Roseller S. Mangilog 

Jean Josue Marius 

Pedro A. Martinez 

Lillian McCoy 

Mary J. Miller* 

Gail Mitchell* 

Shelia Marie Mixon 

Robyn Renee Murphy* 

Henry Nieves 

Shane D. Nixon* 

Peter Uchenna Obijiaku 

Osebhajajeme R.A.E. Okoawo* 

Linda Marie Owens* 

Listra Paul 

Lesbia Mercedes Paulino 

EridaniaJ. Peralta* 

Viriato Gomes Pereira 

Alexandra Herminia Perez* 



Margarita]. Pimentel 
Pierre-Andre Pompilus* 
Felisha R. Potter* 
Janice L. Powell-Graham 
Grenville Lloyd Pusey* 
Sharon Tricia Quashie 
Guy Carlo B. Ramel 
Jankee Chabilal Ramos 
Luz Reyes* 
Lethia M. Rhodes 
Eric Shaler Richards 
Maria A. Rivera* 
Sheila Ann Rochelle 
Gwendolyn D. Roscoe* 
Sheila Ursula Royer* 
Reyna M. Salazar 
Maricel Santiago 
June M.E. Shillingford 
Boris M. Shimmer 
Mary Bridget Sinclair 
Maybelline Sleebo Sinue 
Charles R. Ussery, Sr.* 
Lillian Altagracia Valera* 
Evelyn Velazquez* 
Jean Leonard Villard 
Coles Voyard 
Cathy Veronica Washington* 



Sara L. Yee* 

Rachel Olayemi Yerokun 
Karen N. Young* 
Edward Yeh* 

* Candidates designated as 
Walkers. These students have one 
or two courses to complete before 
receiving their degree. 



^4^andidates for ^-{Certificates 



Computer Information Systems 

Pierre-Andre Pompitus 

Nur J. Adam 

Ada Nora Caraballo 

IngridJ. Castillo 

Sergo Maigna 

Lesbia Mercedes Paulino 

Maricel Santiago 

Word Processing 

Alexandra Baez 

Junie Armand 

Rosa H. Baez 

Janice C. Chandler 

Chun L. Chang 

Christina Chirlaine Cheek 

Denise Ferreira-Daly 

Carmen Gonzalez 

Marie Rafael MacDowell 

Edna Damaris Martinez- Ay ala 

Altagracia P. Mayers 

Listra Paul 

Enid Pizzarro 

Mary B. Sinclair 

Elvia Thermora 

Lillian Altagracia Valera 



Ojfice Technology 
Falguni Barua 
Maria M. Campbell 
Marie-Myrtha Dorsainvil 
Judith M. Quintana 
Amanda Turner 
Veronica Y. Valdez 

Bookkeeping 
Mayra Abigail Cruz 
Charlette Richardson 

Computer Assisted Design 
Callixtus Azemnzi Muanya 




cholarships and K^\wards 




The Business Club at RCC Award $100 

This is the first scholarship/award that the Business Club at RCC is awarding. This 
marks the beginning of a tradition of recognizing deserving graduating Business 
Club Members. This award recognizes academic excellence, leadership, and contri- 
butions made to the RCC community. The 1997 recipients for this award are 
Michael Lydon and Laquina Garvin. 

The Thomas Lowe Award $250 

This award is presented to Dianne Fagan, whose academic achievement and service 
to the community and the College exemplify the mission of Roxbury Community 
College. 

Francina E. Copeland Gelzer Endowed Scholarship $250 

Given in honor of a resident of the Greater Roxbury community with a strong 
commitment to education, this award is presented to Clara Cabral on the basis of 
her outstanding scholastic achievement. 

The NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) 
Boston Metropolitan Chapter $2500 

NABA has established a tradition of giving scholarships to students in the field of 
finance/accounting. In continuation of this tradition, The Boston Chapter in col- 
laboration with its corporate partners has awarded one of these scholarships to a 
deserving business student at Roxbury Community College. This is a competitive 
scholarship. The recipient of this award in 1997 is Kiowe O. Smith, Business Club 
President. 

The Claudia J. Tucker Award $500 

Given annually in memory of the mother of RCC professor Dr. Royal C. Tucker, 
this award is presented to an outstanding RCC transfer graduate. The 1997 recipi- 
ent is Peter Chandler. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship $500 

This scholarship, established in memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is 
awarded to one RCC student in 1997. The recipient of this award is Veronica 
Spriggs for her academic excellence in the field of Social Science. 



James Henry Caesar Endowed Scholarship $500 

This scholarship was established in 1986 by a Roxbury resident in payment for the 
opportunities this country and community have given to him and is awarded to a 
talented RCC student from the Roxbur)'- community. The 1997 recipient of the 
James Henry Caesar Endowed Scholarship is Alex Monteiro. 

Letitia Garofalo Endowed Memorial Scholarship $500 

Established by a native of Quincy, Massachusetts who used her knowledge of lan- 
guages to live and work in communities around the world, this endowed memorial 
scholarship is awarded to 1997 RCC graduate, 
Juanita Richardson Searls. 

Alise Rostan Dowling Scholarship $750 

The scholarship established in the memory of Alise Rostan Dowling, is awarded to 
a student who is planning to enroll or is currently enrolled in the Nursing 
Program. The recipient for 1997 is Lydya Matombo. 

Hiram Grand Lodge & Bay State Grand Chapter, O.E.S. 
Outstanding Female Graduate Award $1,000 

This special award is presented through the generosity of the Most Worshipful 
Hiram Grand Lodge A.E & A.M., Inc. and the Bay State Grand Chapter, O.E.S. 
to the female member of the 1997 graduating class whom the faculty has selected 
on the basis of both academic achievement and service to the College and commu- 
nity. The 1 997 recipient of the award is Antoinette Chabilal. 

Hiram Grand Lodge & Bay State Grand Chapter, O.E.S. 
Outstanding Male Graduate Award $1,000 

This award is presented to the male member of the 1 997 graduating class whom 
the faculty has selected on the basis of both academic achievement and service to 
the College and community. The 1997 recipient of the Hiram Grand Lodge & 
Bay State Grand Chapter, O.E.S. Outstanding Male Graduate Award is Kiowe O. 
Smith. 

The Elizabeth "Betty" Johnson Award $1,000 

Given annually in memory of one of the original members of RCC's Board of 
Trustees, the Betty Johnson Award is presented to the graduating 



student who has earned the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) and a 
minimum of 50 credits at Roxbury Community College. The award is one of the 
most prestigious scholarships presented at the RCC graduation ceremony. The 
recipient is valedictorian of the Roxbury Community College Class of 1997. This 
year, the honor is presented to Elizabeth K. Johnson. 

The Sapers Scholars Award $2,000 

Through the generosity of the William R. Sapers family of Boston, ten awards will 
be offered to 1 997 RCC graduates who transfer to an accredited four-year college. 
This special "50-50" award includes a $1,000 transfer loan (50%). The recipents 
of this award for 1997 are Peter Chandler, Sandra Cherubin, Chesterfield Coppin, 
Janice Powell-Graham, Teeta Kpolar, Antoine Lafontant, Soching Lam, Glen 
Lomax, Eric Shaler Richards, and Veronica Spriggs. 

The Leadership Alliance Scholarship (with New England Colleges Fund) 

Antoinette Chabilal to attend Tufts University 
Kiowe Obi Smith to attend Stonehill College 

The Science Department selection for Tufts Environmental 
Futures Fund Scholarship 

Frehiwot Gebrehiwot 
Abdilahi Mohamed 

Scholarship & Honors Commitee s recomendations for transfer scholarships 
from outside institutions: 

Foster Furcolo Scholarship, UMass, Boston 
Clarisa Guzman 

New England transfer Association 
Peter Chandler 

University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

Nur Adam 

Ludwine Jean Jacques 

Nominees for the Boston University by RCC Scholarship 
Jims Devis Jean Jacques 
Juanita Richardson Searls 




epartmental (Scholarships 



Departmental scholarships are presented to graduating students for out- 
standing academic achievement in a specific field of study. The following 
students are awarded. 



Departmental Scholarships $300 



Janice Powell Graham 

Chan Juan Luo 

Chesterfield Daniel-Coppin 

Florence Craig 

Nesso Dubuisson 

Ruthie Graham 

Nur J. Adam 

Maricel Santiago 

Luz Reyes 

Maria Rivera 

Linda Owens 

Janice Chandler 

Eric Shaler Richards 

Sheila Royer 

Antoinette Chabilal 

Frehiwot Gebrehiwot 

Luis Tavares 

Fachetry Chalumeau 

Callixtus Muanya 

Eddy Colin 

Sylvie Kouanya 

Reseller Mangilog 

Boris Shimmer 

Vonette Anglin 

Sandra Cherubin 

Ludwine Jean Jacques 

Christopher Penka 

Clara Cabral 

Garry Dorcent 

Abdilahi Mohamed 

Pierre Deligent 

Yolanda E. Funderburg 

Frances Rowell-Darden 



Accounting 

Accounting 

Business Administration 

Business Administration 

Business Management 

Business Management 

Computer Information Systems 

Computer Information Systems 

Executive Secretary 

Medical Secretary 

Legal Secretary 

Word Processing 

Early Childhood Education 

Early Childhood Education 

Biological Science 

Biological Science 

Biological Science 

Mathematics 

Computer-Assisted Drafting 

Nursing 

Nursing 

Nursing 

Nursing 

Pre-Nursing 

Pre-Nursing 

Pre-Nursing 

Pre-Nursing 

Liberal Arts 

Liberal Arts 

Liberal Arts 

Social Science 

Social Science 

Social Science 




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egalia 



The caps, gowns and hoods of the academic procession date back to the Middle Ages, when they were 
common dress for scholars. Monks and students wore them to keep warm in the damp and drafty 12th 
century European castles and halls of learning. 

The bachelors gown has a pleated front and long, pointed sleeves. The master's gown, which may be 
worn open, is distinguishable by its long square sleeves. The doctor's gown is trimmed with velvet pan- 
els and has three velvet bars on the bell shaped sleeves. 

The hood provides the color, contrast and symbolism of the procession. Certain colors became associ- 
ated with particular areas of knowledge. For example, the hood border worn by a doctor of theology 
was red, a color associated with the Catholic Church; a medical doctor wears a green border, after the 
healing powers of medicinal herbs. 

In Europe, a uniform color system never developed. However in the United States, an intercollegiate 
committee meeting in 1895 decided upon uniform color standards, assigning a specific color to each 
field of study. 



Departmental Colors of Faculty Members' Hoods & Tassels 



Agriculture 


Maize 


Arts, Humanities 


White 


Chiropractic 


Silver Gray 


Dentistry 


Lilac 


Economics 


Copper 


Education 


Light Blue 


Fine Arts 


Brown 


Journalism 


Crimson 


Law 


Purple 



Library Science 


Lemon 


Medicine 


Green 


Music 


Pink 


Nursing 


Apricot 


Pharmacy 


Olive Green 


Philosophy 


Dark Blue 


Science 


Golden Yellow 


Social Work 


Citron 


Theology 


Scarlet 



ommencement K^ddress 




The Honorable Representative Shirley Owens-Hicks 





Shirley Owens-Hicks is currently serving her sixth term as a member of the 
Massachusetts House of Representatives. At the beginning of her first term, in 
1987, Representative Owens-Hicks was among those profiled in Boston Magazine 
as "A Face to Watch." Those who have watched her political development over the 
years have continued to appreciate her steady accomplishments and her quiet 
strength. 

A member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and The Committee 
on Election Laws, Representative Owens-Hicks has held a number of leadership 
positions during her legislative career. She made history by serving as Chairwoman 
of The Committee on Education, Arts and the Humanities, the first African- 
American and the first woman to hold this position. She has served also as 
Chairwoman of the Committee on Federal Financial Assistance, The Special 
Commission on Long-Term Care Services for the Elderly, The Task Force on 
Women in Poverty, and The Massachusetts Black Legislative Caucus. 

A former elected member of the Boston School Committee, Representative 
Owens-Hicks continues to draw upon the political insight, issues expertise, and 
concern for her constituents developed during that 1984-1988 tenure. She is con- 
sistent in her strong advocacy on behalf of African-Americans and other people of 
color, children, senior citizens, the poor, the unempowered, the disenfranchised 
and dispossessed. Legislative and budget priorities include educatio, violence pre- 
vention, human services, employment, economic development, affordable housing, 
health care, public safety and affirmative action. Additionally the viability of com- 
munity agencies and Neighborhood Health Centers receive special attention. 

Representative Owens-Hicks is a former President/CEO of Urban League of 
Eastern Massachusetts and Counselor at University of Massachusetts at Boston. 
She attended Boston University and Harvard University Graduate School of 
Education, where she earned a Masters degree in Education. She is the mother of 
two daughters and a grandmother of three grandchildren. Representing the 6th 
Suffolk District, she resides in Mattapan. 



Roxbury Community College 
1 234 Columbus Avenue 
Roxbury Crossing, MA 021 20 

Telephone (617) 427-0060