North Shore Community College’s 50th Commencement will feature First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker as Commencement Speaker, along with members of the college’s first graduating class participating in the ceremony, Thursday, May 26. The college expects to bestow approximately 1,000 associate degrees and certificates at the graduation, which will be held at Salem State University, 6-8 p.m.
Nathaniel Montero of Salem will be the student speaker. The second- year Honors program student is President of the NSCC Student Government Association, former President of the Program Council, Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s national honor society for students at two-year colleges, and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success program. He is also in the TRIO program as he is the first in his family to attend college. Montero will receive his associate degree in business administration. He plans to transfer to study political science.
Kevin Evangelista of Boxford will be this year’s Commencement Soloist.
Vedad Konjic of Lynn, a 2006 graduate of NSCC’s business management program, will receive the NSCC Alumni Association’s 2016 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.
Konjic, a Bosnian immigrant, is quite a North Shore success story. He came to the United States 16 years ago in search of opportunity and secured a job as a maintainer at the college. Three degrees and multiple jobs later he is now NSCC’s Director of Building Services and Operations. His responsibilities include coordinating the college’s new addition in Lynn, deferred maintenance planning, regulatory compliance, maintaining industry standards and much more.
“It is so exciting to be celebrating North Shore Community College’s 50th Commencement,” said College President Patricia A. Gentile. “Commencement is always a wonderful occasion, but this year is really going to be very special. We have invited members of the first graduating class to return to participate and are so honored to have the First Lady of the Commonwealth with us for this very special evening.
“NSCC has helped over 37,000 alumni change their lives and the North Shore region in its first 50 years. That’s quite a legacy,” Gentile noted.