North Shore Community College’s 52nd Commencement will feature Al Wilson, creator of the fabulously successful Beyond Walls cultural initiative in Lynn, as Commencement Keynote Speaker.
The college expects to bestow approximately 1,000 associate degrees and certificates at the graduation, which will be held on Thursday, May 24 at Salem State University, 6-8 p.m.
Francisco “Dany” Acosta of Lynn will be the student speaker. Acosta, who is legally blind, will graduate with a GPA of 3.9 in Liberal Arts, having overcome an extremely challenging past to become the success he is today.
Emmanuella Ofurie of Lynn will be this year’s Commencement Soloist and will perform the National Anthem a capella.
State Representative Jerry Parisella of Beverly, NSCC Class of 1984, will receive the NSCC Alumni Association’s 2018 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.
Rep. Parisella is serving his fourth term as Beverly’s state representative. Jerry currently serves as the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Service. Parisella’s work experience includes serving as a newspaper reporter, a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, an attorney in private practice, Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Salem and with the City of Beverly Law Department.