BLUE BELL PA – Gray skies and soggy weather could not dampen the excitement of the graduates (at top and below) and their families as they gathered Thursday night (May 17, 2018) under a large tent for Montgomery County Community College’s 51st commencement ceremony to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2018.
The class, ranging in age from 17 to 77, includes 112 Police Academy graduates, 39 Culinary Arts Institute graduates, 35 military veterans, and 34 international graduates. Thirteen students graduated from the Honors Program, 294 graduates are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and 16 graduates are members of Mu Alpha Theta (Math) Honor Society.
MCCC Board of Trustees Chair Rich Montalbano congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to continue their journey. This year’s student commencement speaker, Olivia Slupski – a liberal studies major from Gilbertsville – spoke about the courage, backbone, spirit, and fortitude that enables students, including herself, to overcome challenges and persevere.
“While all of us learned so much during our time here from our professors and peers, grit isn’t something we learned. Rather it’s the people here who have helped us tap into our grit and have given us the support system that we needed to be successful on this journey,” Slupski said.
Slupski plans to transfer to a four-year university in the fall to major in both biology and psychology, with the goals of attending medical school and then law school. During her time at MCCC, she was an active member of the Beta Tau Lambda chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, serving as president. She also was named a member of the 2017-18 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, receiving a full-tuition scholarship to continue her education.
Photos from MCCC by Chloe Elmer and Erin Jellesma