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ROXBURY 

Community 
College 



Commencement 



June 6, 2008 

One O'clock P.M. 



Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center 

1350 Tremont Street 
RoxBURY, MA 02120 



The National Anthem 

Oh, say, can you see, hy the dawn's early Ught, 

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? 

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight' 

O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming. 

And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air. 

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. 

Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave 

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? 

Francis Scott Key 

1779 - 1843 



Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing 

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 full of the faith that the dark past has taught us. 

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

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun 

Let us march on 'til \ictory is won. 

James Weldon Johnson 

1871 - 1938 



Program 



Prelude 

Processional 

The audience is requested to remain seated during the processional for students and 
faculty. Music provided by Dr. John Weeks. 
Grafton Job Corps Color Guard will post the colors. 

National Anthem and Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing 

Led by Ms. Tia Myers Class of 08 

Students' Greetings from Around the World 

Greetings From the President 

Dr. Terrence A. Gomes 

Greetings From the Governor of Massachusetts 

The Honorable Governor Deval Patrick 

Greetings From the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of 
Higher Education 

Dr. Patricia Plummer 

Greetings From the Alumni 

Ms. Toya Scott Class of 98 

Musical Selection 

Ms. Velma Dupont 

Introduction of Community Service Recipient 

Dr. Alane Shanks, Vice President of Administration and Finance 

Community Service Award 

Ms. Brandy K. Cruthird . ' 

Introduction of the Valedictorian 

Dr. Brenda W. Mercomes, Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Valedictorian 

Mr. Girma Tsegaye Endale 

Introduction of the Commencement Speaker 

Ms. Stephanie C. Janey, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student 
Affairs 

Commencement Address 

Ms. Beverly A. Morgan- Welch, Executive Director of Museum of African American 
History 

Musical Selection 

Ms. VeJma Dupont 



Conferring of Degrees and Certificates 

Authorization of the Board of Trustees 

Ms. Michele Courton Broum, Chair, Board of Trustees 
Dr. Terrence A. Gomes, President 

Introduction of Degree and Certificate Candidates 

Presided b^i Dr. Brenda W. Mercomes, Vice President of Academic Affairs 
Candidates for Associate of Arts degree introduced b}i Dean Nancy Teel 
Candidates for Associate of Science degree introduced hy Dean Tala Khudairi 
Candidates for Certificates with specification introduced b}i Dean David Becker 

Presentation of Degrees and Certificates to the Students 

Mr. Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts 

Ms. Michele Courton Brown, Chair, Board of Trustees' 

Dr. Terrence A. Gomes, President 

Presided by Dr. Brenda W. Mercomes, Vice President of Academic Affairs 

President's Charge to the Graduating Class of 2008 
Dr. Terrence A. Gomes, President 

Recessional 

The audience is requested to remain seated during the recessional and is invited 
immediately after the ceremony to a reception in the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic 
Center Field House. 




Terrence A. Gomes 

President 

Today is a landmark in die chosen padi for your lives. Beyond diis 
landmark, or signpost, awaits a world around you that is real and 
exciting. But this is not just the end; think of today as the beginning of new 
opportunities, experiences and growth. 

I would like for you to remember today, not just the moment, but the 
years that have lead to this moment. The days spent together in class, the 
hard work and sacrifices endured and the friendships that have been built 
along the way. 

Education is a frontier for changing how we choose to live, how we 
choose to educate, and how we choose to govern ourselves for future 
generations to come. Please grasp the opportunities when they arise, for 
therein, lies the key to your future and the future of all our communities. 

I am very proud of you and what you have accomplished. Your 
graduation will help pave the way as you travel the road to greater success 
both in college and beyond. You will be the leaders of tomorrow and with 
the education you now have and will seek further, it will take you to new 
heights to achieve many of your dreams and the dreams of others. 

My heartiest congratulations to the Class ot 2008. 1 wish each of you 
the very best and much success in the future. 



Sincerely, 

a. 




y^^yr%X4y 



Dr. Terrence A. Gomes 

President 




Commencement Speaker 



Beverly A. Morgan-Welch 

Executive Director 

Museum of African American History 

Beverly A. Morgan-Welch serves as the chief executive 
of the oldest and most visible African American 
history museum in New England located on Boston's 
Beacon Hill and on Nantucket. With four historic 
sites and collections that preserve the powerful past of 
African Americans, the museum provides Black Heritage Trail® tours, exhibits 
and education programs that illuminate a liberating American History. 

Under her leadership, the Museum of African American History has become a 
nationally recognized institution increasing scholarship and collections. In 
2006, Beverly launched a 200th Anniversary Campaign to restore and celebrate 
the African Meeting House in Boston during its bicentennial and to raise funds 
for other capital projects including the purchase of the Seneca Boston-Florence 
Higginbotham House (c 1774) on Nantucket and a building to create an 
Education and Technology Center in Boston. 

Beverly has served as the Executive Director of the Greater Hartford Arts 
Council, Director of Development at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and Assistant 
Dean of Admission at Amherst College. She was also the Manager of 
Community Relations at Raytheon, a member of the Board of Directors of the 
Bank of Hartford, and Secretary of the Connecticut Mutual Life Foundation 
serving the company's Corporate Social Responsibility Department. Beverly was 
Co-Chairperson of the Inauguration of Governor Deval Patrick and raised 
funds for the Bishop Desmond Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship 
Fund. 

Currently she is a member ot the Board of Directors of the Boston History and 
Innovation Collaborative, and a Member of the Antiquarian Society, the 
Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

A graduate of Smith College with a major in Theatre and Speech, Beverly 
Morgan-Welch resides in Andover, Massachusetts with her daughter, 
Alexandra. 




Community Service Award Recipient 



Brandy K. Cruthird 

Founder 

Body By Brandy Fitness Studio 

Brandy K. Cruthird is the founder and owner of Body 
By Brandy Fitness Studio in Boston, Massachusetts. A 
former marketing representative for Reebok, IntL, 
Brandy is a certified aerobic instructor with over 10 years experience in the fitness 
industry. She has conducted numerous fitness demonstrations nationally and locally 
including the YWCA's Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the African American Women on 
Tour Convention and the Dimock Health Center's Body & Soul Wellness Connection. 
Brandy's signature community event, the "Everybody Walk Your Body Fitness Walk and 
Health Fair", was launched in 1997, in collaboration with Mayor Thomas M. Menino and 
the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. This annual event has inspired thousands 
of people to become physically fit. Her commitment to her community is also exemplified 
in her articles on exercise and nutrition for Roxbury.com and BlackBostonOnline.com. 

Brandy has been on a 10-year mission to make the community she loves a healthier one. 
A native of Dorchester who grew up in the Orchard Park projects, Brandy parlayed her 
athleticism into a Division I basketball scholarship to James Madison University in 
Virginia. While still a student. Brandy spent her summers working for Canton-based 
Reebok where she moved from Field Services Coordinator to Marketing Representative 
responsible for over 200 accounts in the Boston area. While at Reebok, Brandy saw 
there were no fitness centers in her community, so she opened her very own fitness 
studio part-time, financing her venture with Reebok stock and tapping her retirement 
fund. From humble beginnings-two studio apartments in Duciley Square-Body By Brandy 
Fitness Studio has grown and recently expanded to a newly renovated facility at 2181 
Washington Street. 

The newly developed parent organization of the fitness club. My Bociy My Business Inc., 
pointedly addresses prevailing notions about fitness through education, nutrition 
consultation and empowerment strategies. Family health and fitness has become a major 
focus for Brandy, and her studio provides fitness, nutrition and healthy alternatives for 
adults and a fitness and health awareness program for children. In March 2006, Brandy 
launched Body By Brandy Fit Kidz, a non-profit designed to help combat childhood 
obesity. The first kids gym in the community, Body By Brandy 4 Kidz has been made 
possible by the generous support of its partners the Children's Hospital of Boston, 
United Way of Boston, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Good Sport. BBB Fit Kidz features a 
rock climbing wall, dance revolution, games bikes, boxing ring, cardiovascular and 
strength training equipment for kids and much more. Brandy plans to utilize everything 
she has learned to educate kids about the benefits of recreational and competitive sports 




Brandy K. Crudiird.. 



Brandy has always believed that healthy living is a family affair and in May 2005 she 
released "The House is Getting Fit©" Video, the first in a series of family fitness videos 
designed to get families up and moving at home together! Brandy says, "When parents 
become role models and instill the importance of exercise and diet in their children at 
an early age, they develop healthy habits! Most importantly, there is no better way to 
bond with your family." 

Brandy has been featured in Essence Magazine, the Boston Globe and Heart & Soul 

Magazine. She has also amassed numerous awards for her leadership including a 1998 
Roxbury Chamber of Commerce "Outstanding Achievement Award." The Girl Scouts' 
2001 "Leading Women Award," the 2002 Harvard School of Public Health "Rebecca 
Lee Award," and Body By Brandy Fitness Center was voted "The Best of the New 2005" 
by the Boston Globe, and received the Boston Business Journal Top 40 under 40 "Up 
&- Coming Award." Brandy was also Voted Dudley "Business of the Year" 2006 by Main 
Streets. Ford Motors also recognized her accomplishments as a pioneer with the 2006 
Fusion "Life In Drive Award". In adciition Brandy was the recipient of the Boston 
Center for Community and Justice "Voices of Inclusion-Innovator Award" in 2006, as 
well as a Massachusetts State Lottery "Friends of the Fairway Award", for positive 
contributioiis to her community through golf and sport. The Makers of Pine Sol 
Cleaners saluted Brandy in their "She's Got the Power" contest for leading the charge 
in childhood obesity. Direct TV recognized her as a "Home Town" hero for giving back 
to her community. 

Amidst these extraordinary accomplishments, Brandy was most notably featured on 
NBC Nightly News "MAKING A DIFFERENCE" and CNN News "Places To Play" for 
creating the First Kids Gym in the country that accepts prescriptions from participating 
health care providers for obese kids enabling them to workout at BBB Fit Kidz for 
FREE! 

Recently, Jake Steinfeld, founder of ExerciseTV, the first comprehensive on-demand 
network dedicated to fitness, sports training and motivational programming, named 
Branciy Cruthird the winner of the network's inaugural nationwide coritest for 
"America's Next Fitness Star." As the contest winner, Brandy will receive a one-year 
paid contract with ExerciseTV that includes appearing in an original fitness series on 
the network and hosting a monthly blog on exercisetv.tv, as well as a year's worth of 
New Balance footwear and apparel. Brandy's programming will premiere on ExerciseTV 
this summer. 



THE Governor of Massachusetts 




Governor Deval Patrick 

Governor Deval Patrick was elected in November of 
2006. He brings to the Governor's office a broad range 
ot leadership experience at the top levels of business, 
go\-ernment, and non-profits. From an early age, he has 
built his life on hope, and traced a trajectory from the 
South Side of Chicago to the U.S. Justice Department, 
Fortune 500 boardrooms, and now the Massachusetts 
Statehouse. 

Patrick came to the Commonwealth at the age of 14. 
An excellent student despite the difficult circumstances 
of under-funded and often violent Chicago schools, he 
was awarded a scholarship to Milton Acaciemy through 
A Better Chance, a Boston-based organization. 

After graduatiiig from Milton, Patrick went on to Harvard, the first in his family to 
attend college. He received his ciegree, with honc:>rs, in 1978 and spent a post-graduate 
year working on a United Nations youth training project in the Darfur region of Sudan. 
He returned to Cambridge to attend Harvard Law School in the fall of 1979. 

Following law school, Patrick served as a law clerk to a federal appellate judge before 
joining the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 1986, he joined the Boston 
law firm of Hill & Barlow and was named partner in 1990, at the age of 34. 

In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick Assistant Attorney General for Civil 
Rights, the nation's top civil rights post. At the justice Department, Patrick worked c^n a 
wide range of issues, including prosecution of hate crimes and abortion clinic violence, 
employment discrimination, and enforcement of fair lending laws and the Americans 
with Disabilities Act. 

During his tenure, Patrick led the largest criminal investigation prior to September 11*, 
coordinating state, local and federal agencies to investigate church burnings throughout 
the South in the mid-1990s. 

Patrick returned to private practice in 1997 with the Boston firm of Day, Berry & 
Howard. That same year, he was appointed by a federal district court to serve as the first 
chairperson of Texaco's Eciuality and Fairness Task Force. Working with employees at all 
levels, Patrick and his Task Force examined and reformed Texaco's complex corporate 
employment culture, and created a model for fostering an equitable workplace. Patrick 
was hired by Texaco in 1999 to serve as Vice President and General Counsel leading the 
company's global legal affairs. 



Deval Patrick.. 



In 2001, Patrick joined The Coca-Cola Company as Executive Vice Presicient and 
General Counsel. He was elected to the additional role of Corporate Secretary in 2002, 
and served as part of the company's senior leadership team as a member of the Executive 
Committee. 

Governor Patrick has served on numerous charitable and corporate boards, as well as the 
Federal Election Reform Commission under Presidents Carter and Ford, and as Vice 
Chair of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Council by appointment of Governor 
Weld. 

The Commonwealth's first African-American Governor, Deval Patrick came into office 
with a grassroots message of hope, community and hard work. By focusing on 
transparency and inclusion, he hopes to increase accessibility to government and 
encourage the civic engagement so crucial to shared progress in educatioii, health care, 
economic development and other issues. 

Diane and Deval Patrick have been marriecl for over two decades and have two college- 
age daughters, Sarah and Katherine. The Patrick family has lived in Milton, in a house 
on Deval's high school paper route, for the last 17 years. 




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Degrees in Course 

Degrees are presented in the folk 


swing order. 




Associate of Arts 


HoDA A. Abichaker 
Liberal Arts 


Frances B. Coleman 
Pre-Health Career 


Tauna Necole Good 
Liberal Arts 


HoDA A. Abichaker 
Social Science 


Charlene C. Comma 
Liberal Arts 


Nolisha Trenese Greer 
Liberal Arts 


WOREDEKAE TeKA AbRAHA** 

Pre-Health Career 


Jessica K. Cook 
General Concentration 


Dorcas Bethsaida Griffith 
Liberal Arts 


Oluwafemi John Adebayo 
Social Science 


RoMONA Luvern Cropper 
Liberal Arts 


Saran C. Haidara 
Pre-Health Career 


Marino Antonio Almonte 
Pre-Health Career 


Latasha Denise Dobson 
Biological Science 


Edell Milton Howard 
Liberal Art^- 


Stacey K. Anderson 
B usiNEss Adminstration 


Marthe U. Doirin 
Health Careers 


Akeno Anthony Hutchinson 
Physical Science 


Kesta Andre 
Biological Science 


LinaM. Dolph*** 
Business Adminstration 


Akeno Anthony Hutchinson 
Pre-Engineering 


Dieudonne Jerome Auxilius 
Business Administration 


Jacqueline Dorvilmar 
Business 


Norenegbe Ik4ASUEN** 
Pre-Health Career 


Yewhoalashet Bedlu Aytenfisu 
Pre-Health Career 


Ekaterina Doubko 
Liberal Arts 


Sahro M. Jama 
Pre-Health Career 


Adenike Mobolaji Bakre 
Pre-Health Career 


Ekaterina Doubko 
Health Career 


SophonieJean 
Liberal Arts 


Cynthl^ Ifeoma Banor 
Biological Science 


Chad Telford Drigo 
Biological Science 


SauwurJeanty** 
Biological Science 


Mekdim Ashesir Bantiwalu 
Blisiness Administration 


GirmaTsegaye Endale*** 
Biological Science 


Jamie A. Jones 
Business Administration 


Yaambo(Bakari) Jibri Barrett 
Liberal Arts 


Danny Leoardo Estrada 
Biological Science 


Priscilla \. Jones 
Broadcast Media Technology 


Candy G. Batista** 
Biological Science 


Alicea Evans 
Social Science 


Cynthia S.Kebreau 
Pre-Health Careers 


Charisse Baxter 
Business Adminstration 


Daphney Excellent** 
Biological Science 


kwasi a. kwaa 
Business Administration 


Carine Belizaire 
Pre-Health Career 


Daphney Excellent** 
Pre-Health Career 


Alvaro Omar Larr.^ma** 
Business Adminstration 


Jennifer Altagracia Bencosme 
Liberal Arts 


Wallace J. Fashaw** 
Broadcast Media Technology 


Yves Z. Lebron 
Pre-Engineering 


Martine C. Casimir 
Liberal Arts 


Inca M. Freire** 
Social Science 


MAL:KliNZY LOVINSKY** 

Business Administration 


Widlyne Cetoute 
Pre-Health Career 


Felix Gaston, Jr. 
Liberal Artn 


Flore Lubin 
Pre-Health Career 


Georges G. Chick*** 
Liberal Ar'in 


Olritgii Gi;rmain 

/Jroaik :ast Mei )IA Ti;( ;hnol( )Gy 


Fi ore Ll'bin 
Lini-RAi. Ari>; 



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LEL^N L^'NCH*** 


Oluwafemi O. Oparinde 


Xiomara Suarez . -• ■ 




Business Adminstration 


Business Administration 


Biological Science - - 




Jessica-Lynn M. Maloney** 


Judith Paige 


MiTzi A. Sweeney 




Biological Science 


Pre-Health Career 


Biological Science 




TSELOTE WaKA MaMO 


Bernadei IE Pierre 


Erimal Taraj 




B/GLOGJCAL Science 


Liberal Arts 


Business Administration 


\ 


Luz A. Mancebo 


Cruz Pizarro 


Mamenasha Oshena Tesfaye 


Business Adm!nstrat/on 


Liberal Arts 


Business Administration 


} 


PuRO Martinez 


Jacqueline Elizabeth Reeves 


Karen Denise Thomas 


k 


Liberal Arts 


English 


Biological Science 


I' 


NoLisHA Greer Mcmillan 


Ulrick Rene 


Karen Denise Thomas 


i 


Pre-Health Career 


Pre-Engineering 


Liberal Arts 


I 


Marty McPhail 


Dean St. Paul Robinson** 


Chinwe K. Uchendu 




Business Admimstrat/on, 


Business Administration 


Broadcast Media Technology 




YvROSE Lynn Michel** 


Tat^'ana K. Rudnitskaya 


SonyVilbon 




Pre-Health Career 


Pre-Health Career 


Business Administration 




Umar Abdullah Muhammed 


Nicole L. Sadberry** 


Solomon M. Waka 




Liberal Arts 


Physical Science 


Biological Science 




TiA L. Myers 


Marie J . Saint Jacques 


Jessica Walker 




Musical Arts 


Biological Science 


Liberal Arts 




Myrlene Myrtil 


Judith Saintcyr 


Ayana Cameisha Walters 


i 


Business Adminstration 


Pre-Health Career 


Biological Science 


Felipe A. Navarrete** 


Betsy Ann Santana 


Ruth Wilcox*** 




Liberal Arts 


Broadcast Media Technology 


Liberal Arts 




Keitha Taquana Nicholas 


Amanata Sesay 


Deanna Jeanne 1 1 h Williams 




Pre-Health Career 


Pre-Health Career 


Liberal Arts 




Annei IE Nicholson 


Alvaro S. Silva 


JoelineJoyelWise 




Liberal Arts 


International Business 


Business Administration 




Jean Frero B. Noel 


Carlos Jorge Silva 


Amani M. Yousif*** . 




Liberal Arts 


Pre-Engineering 


Business Administration 


i{ 


Oluchi Lilian Nsonwu 


Kyle R. Sims 




) 


Biological Science 


B usiNESs Administration 






(**)= High Honors (***)= Highest 


Honors ■ Bright Yellow Sash 







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AssociAiH OF Science 


HalimatouAbdou 


EuDOSL\ Cosme 


Samuel Kofi Hammond 


Reg/stered Nurse 


Accounting 


Radiologic Technology 


Theophilus NuAdjei Adjetey 


Ludmila Costiv 


JOYANN MaRLA LUrEWOOD-SmITH 


Radiologic Technology 


Registered Nurse 


Registered Nurse 


MOMPREMIER AlCE 


Phyllis Ann Coulter 


Marl\ Lopes Hubbard 


ACC0UNT!NG 


Early Childhood Education 


Business Management 


Cecilia Renee Alkins 


Tiffany S. Cross 


Nathanaelle BredinaJeudy 


Criminal jLfSTicE 


Early Childhood Education 


Early Childhood Education 


Sean L.C. Ambris 


Leana Deiaj^ey 


Marie Joceline Joseph 


Computer /nformation Systems 


Nursing 


Practical Nursing 


Lyzete Akwi Anjeh-Talla 


Tathiane S. Delima 


Marlon M. Juba 


ADN Nursing 


ADN Nursing 


Criminal Justice 


Dolapo L. Ayanbeku 


Josei'ieDelva 


SoonaJung 


Early CHfLDHOOD Education 


ADN Nursing 


Registered Nurse 


EucLiDES F. Barbosa 


Lyrna Desravines 


MutazM. Khir 


ACCOL/NTING 


ADN Nursing 


Computer Jnforamtion Systems 


Charisse Baxter 


]eannl\ M. Dotel 


LouiSANA King 


Business Management 


Early Childhood Education 


Practical Nursing 


Adelina Berberi*** 


TriclaT. Ducheine 


Margalie Lacombe 


Radiologic Technology 


Criminal Justice 


Business Management 


Etheart Bertrand 


Alicea Evans 


Alvaro Omar Larrama** 


Radiologic Technology 


Liberal Arts 


Business Management 


Vanessa C. Bowen-Newton 


Robin Anne Feetham*** 


DL^NE Levine 


ADN Nursing 


Radiologic Technology 


Criminal Justice 


Michaelle E. Breneville 


NOLETTE FeRJUSTE 


Zakia Chene Lilly 


Criminal Justice 


Accounting 


ADN Nursing 


Sadiya Burdette 


Linda Forestale 


Dana T. Long 


Early Childhood Education 


Early Childhood Education 


Computer Information Systems 


Lisa Ann Marie Busby 


JoseM. Fuentes 


Murielle Louis 


Registered Nurse 


Network Administration 


ADN Nursing 


Hui Ling Cai 


Jose R. Garcl\ 


Clarisse F. Madjeu 


Business Management 


Criminal Justice 


Practical Nursing 


Carline Cenat-Pierre 


Gautam Gautam*** 


Thewodros Demie Mamo** 


Registered Nurse 


Computer Information Systems 


Accounting 


Tracy Ann Clements 


JiiAN E. Griffiths 


Magalie Mathieu 


Radiologic Technology 


ADN Nursing 


Radiologic Technidlogy 


Geraldine Conille 


Shelley B. Gumbs 


Daphne Aretha Matti iews 


ADN NuRsiNc; 


Registered Nurse 


ADN NuRsiNc; 


Kathleen A. Conners 


TovA Marii: 1 Iai.l 


Lyoia C. M(.:Guire*** 


ADN Nursing 


Early C^H/L/)/K)o/) Education 


Criminal Justic;e 



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MlSoOK McTlGHE 


Justin Ortiz 


Marilyn Tamaklo 


ADN NuRS/NG 


Criminal Justice 


Criminal Justice 


Erin A. Melchiorri 


DONAIDA PaTRONE*** 


Kanei Taylor 


jRadjolog/c Technology 


Radiologic Technology 


Early Childhood Education ^ ' 


Ernand Menard 


Phillip Perez 


NejatTewolde k 


Business Management 


Criminal Justice 


ADl^ hlURSING 


QiN Shao Meng** 


Roxann Antoinette Perez 


Darlene C. Thorpe 


ADN Nursing . 


Health Career 


Business Management 


Sandy Merejo 


Rotchana Petchdee 


Nhan Le Tran 


Early Ch/ldhood Educatjon 


ADN Nursing 


Business Management 


Karline Michel 


Cynthia Ann Marie Plummer 


Matthew Umudi '^ 


ADN Nursing 


Criminal Justice 


ADN Nursing 


Yvonne Rene Miles 


DaquiriJ,\cquel Purifoy 


YvETTE VaLDERRAMA 


Criminal Justice 


Criminal Justice 


ADN Nursing 


DulcinaS.Mor.ais 


Wendy R. Quashie-John 


M'l'ETLA Ann Vaughan 


ADN Nursing 


ADN Nursing 


Early Childhood Education 


Patricl\ Ann Murray** 


Carmen M. Reyes 


SonyVilbon 1 


ADN Nursing 


Early Childhood Education 


Business A^anagement 1 


Lucy W. Mwaura 


Manuel D. Ron-l^n 


Rudolph Anthony Vinton*** 


ADN Nursing 


Criminal Justice 


Criminal Justice 


Loi T. Nguyen 


Mohamed Mukhtar Saidi 


GiGjA Hlin Wesneski** 


Accounting 


Computer Information Systems 


Radiologic Technology l 


Loi T. Nguyen 


JOSLENE SaINFORT 


Chantelle S. Willlams 


Business Management 


Early Childhood Education 


Business Management 


Jacklyn NicoiAS 


Karleena a. Savage** 


Nadesha S. Wint** 


Business Management 


Office Administration Degree 


Criminal Justice 


George G. Njenga 


Zenaida Eshaah Serra 


JoelineJoyelWise 


Registered Nurse 


Criminal Justice 


Business A4anagement 


Chinenye Anne Nsonwu** 


Shaquana Nakesha Small 


Queen E. Woghiren * 


ADN Nursing 


Early Childhood Education 


ADN Nursing 


YvETTE C. O'Brien 


Krishawna Marie Smith 


YusufM. YusuF 


Criminal Justice 


Early Childhood Education 


Accounting 


Benson E. Omoregbe 


Alexis Denise Smith 




ADN Nursing 


Criminal Justice 




Pauline O. Onyemelukwe 


Michelle A .Tackie-Hogwood 




Registered Nurse 


ADN Nursing 




(* *)= Higfi Honors (***)= Highest 


Honors ■ Bright Yellow Sash 





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Certificates with 


Specification 


ViviANE Alexis** 


Roshanda Renee Leak 


Medical Office Specialist 


Medical Office Specialist 


Alexander O. Esteban 


Uche K. Obu 


Practical Nursing 


Practical Nursing 


Vicky Fan 


Yanick Petion** 


Accounting 


Medical Office Specialist 


GuERLiNE Francis 


Stella Ratner** 


Practical Nursing 


Medical Office Specialist 


Almaz K. Gebremicheal 


Valmy Saint Louis** 


Medical Office Specialist 


Network Administration 


POLLYANNE GrAZETTE 


Michelle R. Spencer 


Microcomputer Applications 


Pratical Nursing 


Alain Jean-Louis 
Practical Nursing 


Andre Suber 
Office Technology 


Rica R.Jimenez 
Paralegal Studies 

Bath-Sheba Joseph 
Practical Nursing 

Eugenie Ocilie Laurent 


David O. Ugwu 
Practical Nursing 

Lucretia C. Washington 
Practical Nursing 


Medical Office Specialist 




Cn-HiH.li Honors (***)■ 11 ii;hcst 1 Umors Ihii'lu YMowSash 





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Scholarships, Awards, and Honors 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc./Psi Omega Chapter Award 

This award is given to an outstanding multicultural female graduate who is transferring 
to a four-year institution. 

Betsy' Santana 

Claudia J. Tucker Award 

This award is given annually to an outstanding Roxbur\' Community College transfer 
student in honor of the mother of Roxbury Community College's Professor Royal C. 
Tucker. 

Bernadette Pierre 

Edith Pistorino Memorial Endowed Scholarship — — 

This award is made possible by the late Edith Pistorino. A $ 1 ,000 annual scholarship 
recognizes outstanding academic achievement by students who are enrolled full-time in 
a degree program which leads to transfer to a baccalaureate institution following 
graduation from Roxbury Community College. To qualify for this scholarship students 
must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or better for two consecutive semesters 
and not be in their final semester at Roxbury Community College. 
Gregory Miller 

Francina E. Copeland Gelzer Endowed Scholarship 

Given in the name of a lifelong resident of the greater Roxbury community with a strong 
commitment to education, this award is presented to a Roxbury Community College 
student on the basis of outstanding scholastic achievement. The recipient is an African- 
American graduate who has maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and who 
has been accepted into a four-year college degree program. 
Ruth Wilcox 

International Student Scholarship 

International Student Scholarships are available for full-time students in good academic 
standing who have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. These are 
$ 1,000 scholarships. To be eligible to receive these scholarships students must provide 
documentation which certifies that the student holds a current student visa. 

Fritz Prev/lon 
Ga/le Registe 

James H. Caesar Endowed Scholarship 

In 1986, a Roxbury resident established this scholarship to honor the opportunities 
this country and community had given him. In selecting the recipient, preference is given 
to graduating students who have attended the Cooper Community Center of Roxbury 
or the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club. If this criterion cioes not apply, the scholarship 
may be awarded to a talented Roxbury Community College student from the Roxbury 
community. 
Danny Estrada 



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Girl Friends, Inc. Scholarship 

These $1,000 scholarships are made possible by the generosity of Girl Friends, Inc. 
The scholarships are to be awarded to African-American women who are a single 
parent, in a transitional housing situation and/or a head of household and in good 
academic standing at the College. Homeless African-American single parent women 
are to be given priority. 
Tracy Clements 
Latasha Dobson 
TiA Myers 
Amanda Schaefer 

Hiram Grand Lodge Scholarships 

Two $ 1,000 scholarships are awarded annually as a result of the generosity of Hiram 
Grand Lodge; $500 will be awarded in the Fall 2007 semester, and $500 will be 
awarded in the Spring 2008 semester. Recipients must have achieved and maintain a 
cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 and have positively contributed to 
Roxbury Community College and/or to the community in which they reside. 
GiLLMA. ]. Rodriguez 
Shawn]. Reed 

Letitia Garafalo Endowed Scholarship 

Established by a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, who used her knowledge of languages 
to live and work in communities around the world, this endowed memorial scholarship 
is presented to a Roxbury Community College graduate on the basis of academic merit 
and financial need. 

NODESHA WlhlT 

Sapers Family Opportunity Awards 

This award is presented to no more than ten Roxbury Community College graduates 
who transfer to four-year colleges in pursuit of baccalaureate degrees. This special "SO- 
SO" award consists of both a scholarship and a low-interest loan. The award is made 
available through the generosity of the William R. Sapers family of Boston. 
Georges Chick 
Latasha Dobson 
Daphney Excellent 
YosEF Gebretensay 
Saran Haidara 
Marie Saint Jacques 

Therese Dutile Giles Award 

Given annually by the Giles family in memory of their mother, this award is presented 
to a student wbo, having mastered a new language in the English tor Speakers of Other 
Languages Department, is nt)w grackiating with an associate degree and has proxidcil 
service to the Roxbury Community Conege community. 
Feui'e Nazarretit: 



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Scholarships, Awards, and Honors 

RCCF Excellence Scholarship Award 

This award ot $1,000 is given annually to die graduating student(s) with the highest 
grade point average. The student(s) must have earned at least 50 credits at Roxbury 
Community College and have been accepted at a four-year college in pursuit of a 
baccalaureatedegree. 

G/RMA TSEGAYE EnDALE 

RCCF Nursing Scholarships 

These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the Roxbury Community 
College Foundation's Board of Directors. These $500 scholarships are awarded to 
full-time Nursing students in good academic standing who have earned a grade point 
average of at least 3.00. 
Jayne Hamilton 

DONAIDA PaTRONE .. / 

Urban Workforce Scholarships 

Urban Workforce Scholarships are available tor enroUees in the College's business 
and industry short-course and certificate programs and part-time students. Part-time 
students (fewer than 12 credits per semester) will receive one-half of their tuition 
charges up to $500 per semester. 

Dorcas Griffith 

SOLANYI LOPEZ-LlMA 

Marie St. Jacques 



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Deans/Departmental Scholarships 



These $500 scholarships are awarded each semester and recognize 

outstanding academic achievement. To be eUgible students must be enrolled 

full-time in a degree program, and on the Dean's or President's List. 

NORENEGBE lUASUEhl 

YosEPH Gebregziabhe 

Khad/ja Khatib 
Edith AgbonghAgb 



Tlic lU'^isfrar oi lloxiniry C ^uinniuiiiry C'i)ilo,ui.' m;iini;iins tiu' oliai:il list ol nil .t^riKkiatcs. This 
program is only lor t'iTi.'miini,il purposes. 



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Academic Regalia 



The caps, gowns and hoods ot the academic procession date back to the Middle 
Ages when they were common dress for scholars. In the Twelth Centviry monks 
and students wore them to keep warm from the damp and cirafty European castles 
and halls of learning. 

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

The hood provides the color, contrast and symbolism of the procession. Certain 
colors became associated 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 wore a green border with relates to the healing powers of 
medicinal herbs. 

In Europe, a uniform color system was 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 


Library Science 


Lemon 


Arts, Humanities 


White 


Medicine 


Green 


Chiropractic 


Silver Gray 


Music 


Pink 


Dentistry 


Lilac 


Nursing 


Apricot 


Economics 


Cooper 


Pharmacy 


Olive Green 


Education 


Light Blue 


Philosophy 


Dark Blue 


Fine Arts 


Brown 


Science 


Golden Yellow 


Journalism 


Crimson 


Social Work 


Citron 


Law 


Purple 


Theology 


Scarlet 



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RoxBURY Community College 



Years of dreaming and planning came to life in 1973, when Roxbury 
Community College opened its doors in the Grove Hall area of Roxbury. 
Despite less than perfect surroundings - its location was a former car dealership - 
Roxbury Community College's dedicated faculty, staff, and administration served 
the educational needs of four hundred students. The College's mission, as it is now, 
was to provide higher education to those Boston residents who found most other 
avenues to higher education closed. 

hi 1975, growth was the impetus to a move to 424 Dudley Street, a former 
nursing home. This move permitted the expansion and strengthening of academic 
programs and student services. The College continued to grow, which precipitated 
another move in 1982 to the former site of Boston State College on Huntington 
Avenue. As the College continued to shift its service base to meet an expanding 
enrollment, the goal to establish a permanent home for Roxbury Community 
College in the heart of the communities it serves remained strong. 

With much anticipation, Roxbury Community College built its new home as 
the cornerstone of the Southwest Corridor in the Spring of 1978. This fifteen acre 
campus includes a state-of-the-art Media Arts Building, Academic Building, 
Administration Builciing, Student Center, and the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic 
Center. 

A global village, Roxbury Community College's multicultural and ethnically 
diverse student population has set it apart from other community colleges in the 
Commonwealth. Although most c^f our students are from Bosttin and suiTounding 
communities, many come from all corners of the world including: North America, 
Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the 
Caribbean. 

With renewed commitment, Roxbury Community College continues its legacy 
of providing educaticmal opportunities for all who enter its doors. 



Governing Boards and Officers 


Board of Trustees 


Executive Staff 


Ms. Michele Courton Brown 


Dr. Terrence A. Gomes 


Chxiir 


President 


Ms. Anita L. Crawford 


Dr. Brenda W. Mercomes 


Vice Chair 


Vice President, Academic Affairs 


Mr. John R. Jenkins 


Dr. Alane K. Shanks ' ' 


Treasurer 


Vice President, Administration and Finance 


Ms. Gillian A. Van Delft 


Ms. Stephanie C. Janey 


Secretary 


Vice President, Enrollment Management and 


Mr. Lyman Randolph 


Student Affairs 


Mr. Russell D. Aims 


Mr. Patrick Jean-Louis 


Mr. Keith Chaney 


Interim Chief Technology Officer 




Ms. Karen H. Walker 


Mr. William J. Dorcena 






Executive Officer for Development 


Dr. Michael J. Hoyle 




Dr. Ivelisse Sanchez 




Mr. Theophikis Adjetey, Jr. 


Commencement Committee 


Student Trustee 






Ms. Carol Bliss-Furr, 




Co-cfiair 


RoxBURY Community College 


Ms. Elizabeth Clark, 


Foundation 


Co-chair 




Mr. Kenneth Hall 


Mr. Robert A. Williams, III 


Mr. A. Keith McDermott 


President 






■ Mr. Justin A. Petty, Professor 


Mr. Michael James, Sr. 




Treasurer 


Mr. Steven Keyes 


Mr. Thomas M. Simmons 


Mr. Milton Samuels 


Clerk 


Ms. Shirley Y. Leslie 


Ms. Sonia AUeyne-Matthews 


Ms. Nicole McKoy 


Mr. Keith Castle 


Mr. Thomas Galvin 


Mr. Robert Harris 


Mr. Gib Pomkittichotcharoen 


Ms. Judith L. Kahalas 


Ms. Shonda D. Green 


Ms. Sylvia A. McDowell 


Marshals 


Ms. Mauryanne Remondini 


Chief College Marshal 


Ms. Joan Resnikoff 


Dr. Angel Amy-Moreno 


Ms. Monalisa Smith 


College Marshals 


Ms. Eve Strother 




Ms. Sabrina Williams 


Ms. Lisa Jenkins 




Ms. Veronica McCormack 




Ms. Judith L. Kahalas 



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special Thanks to the 
Commencement Committee 



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