Nearly 1,000 students will receive associate degrees and certificates when North Shore Community College holds its 48th Commencement on Thursday, May 22. The ceremony will be at Salem State University at 6 p.m.
Author and professor Andre Dubus III, who resides in Newbury, grew up in mill towns along the Merrimack River Valley and his circuitous path to success mirrors that of many NSCC students. Dubus began writing fiction at 22, just a few months after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. To support himself, he worked as a carpenter, bartender, office cleaner, and halfway house counselor.
Today, Andre is the author of six books: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times “Editors Choice.”
Andre has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, Two Pushcart Prizes, and he is a 2012 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages. A member of PEN American Center, Andre has served as a panelist for the National Book Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he is a full-time English Department faculty member.
Juliet Carty Greene of Salem will be the student speaker. Ms. Carty Greene will share her later-in-life nontraditional path to college success and urge her fellow graduates to follow their dreams, never give up and find joy in all they do. She has been on the Dean’s list every semester, is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, NSCC Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and is a member of the National Honor and Leadership Society. She has earned these distinctions while working full time and often taking six courses a semester.
Greene will receive her associate degree in medical administrative assisting and has been accepted into Northeastern University’s 18-month online Health Care Management program. She intends to follow this up with a master’s degree in psychology to pursue a career in her lifelong dream field.
Peggy Andreas ’85, a graduate of NSCC’s Nurse Education Program, will receive the NSCC Alumni Association’s 2014 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.
Andreas, who lives in Milton, MA, is currently a Family Team nurse with the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program where she conducts motel outreach. In addition she volunteers with Found in Translation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income bilingual women use their language skills to attain employment and fight racial, ethnic and linguistic disparities in health care. Andreas also annually supports a children’s summer camp program in rural New York volunteering her time as director of medical services at the Rural Migrant Ministry of Poughkeepsie’s overnight camp. She established a scholarship there to assist campers wishing to pursue a career in nursing or other health-related fields.
This will be the first Commencement for new NSCC President Patricia Gentile.