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BCC Holds 53rd Commencement
Jun 5, 2013

Berkshire Community College (BCC) held its 53rd Commencement ceremony Friday afternoon, May 31, at 4:30 PM in Lenox at Tanglewood. During the ceremony, which was open to the public, the college awarded 259 associate degrees and 56 certificates to 305 students.

Dr. Ellen Kennedy, Ph.D., president of BCC, welcomed attendees and provided inspirational remarks for BCC's graduates. Stephanie Wilson, an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), served as the keynote speaker. State Representative William "Smitty" Pignatelli and Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi delivered greetings to the graduating class.

Dr. Frances Feinerman, Vice President for Academic Affairs, introduced the co-valedictorians - Xavier Domjan of Stockbridge and George Leibinger of Pittsfield.

Christine Martin, a longtime faculty in BCC's Associate Degree Nursing program was awarded Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Paul Raverta, BCC's former President, and Susan Lombard, former Board of Trustees chair, were presented with the 21st Century Educational Leadership Award. This award, the college's highest designation, recognizes
individuals who have demonstrated exemplary, sustained educational leadership directly impacting BCC or Berkshire County and was established to honor the leadership demonstrated by the inaugural awardees. 

Members of the Berkshire Highlanders provided the music for the processional and recessional and the National Anthem was sung by Andrè Toussaint, a BCC student.

Program advisors awarded graduates with the following associate degrees: Business Administration and Business Careers, Business Software and Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Environmental Science, Fine Arts, Fire and Health Science, Hospitality Administration, Human Services, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Physical Therapist Assistant.

Certificates were awarded in Animal Care, Applied Manufacturing Technology, Business Software, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education - Introductory, Early Childhood Education - Intermediate, Human Services, Massage Therapy and Bodywork, Physical Fitness, and Practical Nursing.

Ten students received more than one degree or certificate. The age of graduates ranged from 18 to 61 with a median age of 26.

The graduates, listed by city and state, include the following:
 

CONNECTICUT

Canaan

Angela L. Christiansen

Greenwich

Florence Smarth 

Salisbury
Theresa L. Lefferts                        

Sharon
Tina M. Hale       

 MASSACHUSETTS

Adams

Carrie S. Adams, Jessica L. Bourassa, Kristi L. Briggs, Karissa L. Brunoli, Kristy L. Bull-Samson, Kelley
A. Bulmer, Jacob K. Gaylord, Bruce A. Harrington, David C. Hyndman, Gina C. Kemper, Lindsey M. Serrano                           

Alford

Erika J. Stubbs-Pivero

Ashley Falls

Thomas M. Goodchild, Joyce S. Schneider    

Becket

Kaila R. Arsenault, Christian A. Rokosz                                       

Cheshire

Robert F. Gaspardi, Andrew H. Heath, Brandon D. Hoag, Michelle M. Lefevre, Darryl R. Lipinski, Lynn M.
Pettit, Megan E. Therrien, Amy M. Tracy                                     

Chester

Justine M. Robert                            

                                                                                         
Clarksburg

Nicole J. Lussier, Nancy J. Underwood

Dalton
Matthew J. Bracci, Amber L. Caden, Carissa N. Calderwood, Amy C. Conner, Kimberly J. Conner, Mark E. Daley,
Bridget R. Donovan, Griffin T. Ellsworth, Nicole A. Elser, Samniang Geller, Garrett C. Gingras, Zachery S. Gokay, Melissa A. Gregory, Amber L. Kasala, Michael J. Kovacs, Tami J. Maddocks, David F. Manzella, Patrick B. Meunier, Mark A. Newsome, Lacy R. Para, Bridget N. Quinn-DiCarlo, Melissa J. Riddell, Shannon M. Rollins, Katherine S. Stocks, Norman G. Tedford Jr., Jenna M. Tomasi, India B. Waitt

Florida

Bethanie L. Arigoni                        

Great Barrington

Ashley E. Backhaus, Nolan S. Fernandez, Anthony T. Moore, Theodore J. Pryjma, Dustin M. Walther       

Hinsdale

Annemarie K. Newton, Dianne E. Wieland, Sennin Zumdick-Esko

Housatonic

James A. O'Connor, Kate E. Olds


Lanesboro

Jessica E. Barnes, Calye M. Darrow, Sarah M. Kenney, Shane J. Lamarre, Krista L. Moriarty, Nakiesha M.
Pirzl, Lynda J. Tenorio

Lee

Rose E. Adelstein, Jonathan M. Bullock, Samantha L. Burdick, Erin M. Carlson, Jennyfer Chacon, Brittany C.
DelGrande, Nicole M. Delmolino, Lucinda L. Gable, Julia A. Gallagher Stickney, Amara S. Hale, Colleen S. Jones, Michaela B. Langlais, Fernanda O. Machado, Ellen K. Orell, Carol L. Rauch, Natasha Utter 

Lenox

Betsy L. Baczek, Maria R. Clark, Lara K. Conry, Kayla M. Corby, Courtney F. Dinan, Nicole M. Hebert, Gina
M. Kirchner, Mitchell H. McCue, Mary K. Menatti, Yvon's Nicolas, Stacey A. Staub          

Lenox Dale

Karen A. Fiallos  , Pablo D. Fiallos                                                                                              


Monterey

Kelly E. Hadsell , Bruce C. McAlister                                          

                                                                                              
New Ashford

Kimberly S. Reed-Guillemette

New Marlborough
Douglas J. Bush  , Antonio M. Segalla                                          
 

North Adams

Greg M. Alexander, Amanda L. Belanger, Samantha L. Chaput, Joshua F. Colon, Tessa A. Dassatti, Shelby M.
Farrington, Christopher M. LaFrance, Luis A. Machado, Brian K. McNeil, Jessenya J. Rodriguez, Joseph P. Schwarz, Christine E. Tower         

North Chelmsford
Andrew J. Allen                                                                                                 

Otis

Linda M. Fitzgerald, Maria E. Middleton                                     

Peru

Laura E. Marshall, Joseph A. Stergis                                            

Pittsfield

William T. Afferback, Jennifer K. Albuquerque, Justin Allen, Heyser P. Almonte, Joanne E. Amuso, Rebecca L. Amuso, Andrea J.Arena, Jorja I. Bagnera, Jessica M. Biros, Jaclyn C. Bonacquisti, Seth E. Bonacquisti, Audrianna P. Bouchard, John M. Brancazzu, Heather A. Buck, Samuel B. Burgess, Jeffrey A. Burrows, Tony M. Calkins, Alyssa A. Capitanio, Derek A. Carroll, Aubrey L. Casella, Ashley G. Chaffee, Jr., Christina M. Christiana,
Jacob A. Cimini, Emmeline R. Cohen, Patrick J. Connors, Ryan J. Cook, Jerrid L. Coty, Christine M. Croce, Christine M. Cronze, Mallory L. Crouse, Jonathan C. Dallmeyer, Leanne C. Davis, Lucas M. Deambrogio, Cherie A. Dewey, Jacquelene R. Dewkett, Robin M. Dewkett, Judith A. Dorr, Allyson R. Dunham, Raymond V.
Dunham, Paul J. Dupuis Jr., Renee A. Durso, Tysen U. Edwards, Darlene M. Esposito, Amy M. Fallon, Sarah R. Fellmann, Luke P. Fitzgerald, Allison F. Forrest, Amber L. Gamello, Rachelle R. Gayle, Kristie L. Gentile, Linda M.
Gilmore, Michelle A. Gilmore, Samantha M. Grzelak, Sheila M. Guercio, Cheryl A. Gunn, Brian B. Gwozdz, Brett C. Haas, Sidney S. Hamilton, Samantha J. Harrington, Karen M. Herbert, Jason W. Hinton, Natalie S. Hogeland, Priscilla D. Hopkins, Richard J. Houghtaling, Jonathan A. Hubbard, Alexandria E. Jackson, Nathanael I. Jackson, Taylor S. Jackson, Maria T. Kennedy, Matthew J. Kiernan, Shannon K. King, Kayla M. Lavalley, George D. Leibinger, Jennifer J. Lennon, Paul A. Lisi, Jr., Nicole M. Lowery, Tienae I. Lytle, Catherine D. Maguire,
Jacob L. Manimalethu, Melissa M. Manns, Kathleen E. Maroney, Peter A. Masiero, Imaran Mayes, Jennifer F. McGrath,Christopher A. McLaren, Rebecca A. McLaren, Alzie B. Mercado, Luke P. Mickle, Helen H. Moon, Andrea J. Moreau, James A. Most, Jairo A. Munoz, Janet Notarfrancesco, Michelle L. O'Boyle, Hunter R. O'Neill, Nicholas B. Ortiz-Moody, Nancy Y. Palacios, Peter J. Paoli II, Marie A. Peckham, Kristine L. Pezze, Rebecca J. Polo,Alicia M. Provencher, Su Qin, Jennifer J. Ressler, Kayla M. Reyes, Alan Robinette, Kellie A. Robinson, Penny R. Rodick, Anna E. Rodriguez, Giovanni A. Rodriguez, Washington D. Rosales, Jose B. Ruiz, Jr., Sarah A. Sacchetti, Sylvia S. Sacchetti, Leigh-Anne M. Scarpitto, Sharon P. Schaffer, Kylie A. Sheedy, Crystal L. Sidway, Colleen J.
Snyder, Judy Solis, Kelsey R. Stasiewski, Rekiyat O. Subair, Kelly M. Summers, Jennifer M. Tanner, Nancy A. Tarjick, Emily C. Thomson, Robert W. Todd, Long T. Ton, Amy L. Trombley, Kristina M. Turner, Lyndsey A. Turner, Nicole M. Viale, Jamie D. Vogel, Jennifer R. Wager, Joann S. Wagner, Christopher J. Ward, Jillian L. Wehry, Bradley M. Wheat, Kristen J. Wichmann,, Christopher T. Wilke, Philip T. Williams, Nicholas P. Wojtasik, Felicity H. Wood, Timothy J. Wright, Erin N. Wurtemberger, Aja S. Young, Michael B. Zdanis, Caroleena M. Zerva

Sandisfield

James A. Psillas  

Savoy

Robert S. DeBlois, Tais J. Keels, Diane M. Wright                       
                                                                                             
Sheffield
Riva S. Rischner                                                                                                     
 

South Egremont
Jessica S. Bradley, Fiona Kane      

Southfield

Sierra C. King                                                                                                  

Springfield

Silvia M. Kimatu 
 

Stockbridge

Xavier N. Domjan, Elizabeth B. Skakel                                       

Tolland

Giroel F. Silva                                                                                               


West Stockbridge

Sean P. Timmons                           

Williamstown

Wendy M. Campbell, Heaven C. Derby, Lisa M. Friday, Tara D. Gervais, Rebecca J. Patterson

Windsor

Jeffrey K. Chapman                       


NEW YORK
 

Canaan

Timothy F. Hilts

Cohoes

Sara B. Ryan      

East Chatham

Dennis W. Gawron, Jane M. Sweatt                                             

Hillsdale

Steven M. Amash                          

Stephentown
Leilani S. Hover, Patrick W.  Tuthill                                              
 

VERMONT

Arlington

Sean M. Trombley                         

Bennington

Sherry L. Abendroth, Carl S. King 

Searsburg

Cathrine J. Stoughton

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