Congressman Seth Moulton will be the Commencement Speaker at North Shore Community College ‘s 49th Commencement, Thursday, May 21. The college expects to bestow approximately 1,000 associate degrees and certificates at the ceremony, which will be held at Salem State University, 6-8 p.m.
Polina DeSantis of Lynn will be the student speaker. Ms. DeSantis will share her nontraditional path to college success and urge her fellow graduates to follow their dreams, fight for what they believe in, and take joy in their accomplishments. DeSantis has been on the Dean’s list every semester, is a member of NSCC’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She has earned these distinctions while working full time and raising four children.
DeSantis will receive her associate degree in criminal justice and plans on a career in forensic psychology.
José Palma, a 2011 graduate of NSCC’s paralegal program, will receive the NSCC Alumni Association’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which is presented annually to an NSCC graduate whose professional and personal achievements bring honor to themselves and the College. Candidates are chosen on the basis of integrity, character, professional accomplishments, and college or community service.
Palma is continuing his studies at UMass Boston where he is majoring in Labor Studies while he is also working as a Lead Political Organizer for Neighbor to Neighbor.
“Commencement is always a wonderful time for us but this year is particularly memorable as the college is celebrating its 50th Anniversary,” said College President Patricia A. Gentile. “This is a highlight in the midst of a yearlong observance and it is incredibly rewarding to see how far we’ve come and to be proud of the nearly 35,000 alumni we’ve helped produce over the years.
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