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Graduation Day Full of Excitement and a Few Surprises, Too



Jun 08, 2015

The Bristol Campus welcomed more than 300 family, friends, and other guests to the elegant Paramount Center for the Performing Arts as 58 graduates were awarded their degrees and diplomas on Thursday, May 14.

The notion of graduation as “commencement” was a recurring one in commencement speaker Jim Maxwell’s address to the graduates. The regional publisher for Berkshire Hathaway Media, with responsibility for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bristol Herald Courier and eight smaller newspapers, Mr. Maxwell used his career of more than 25 years in the newspaper industry to tell students how they will need to adapt to change throughout their careers. Through a variety of changes in the industry, technological innovations, and personal challenges, Mr. Maxwell described his career journey and how his education was the crucial first stepping stone.

Among those honored with graduation awards at the ceremony was Tammy Denise Payne, a medical office assistant diploma program graduate, who received the Mary P. McGurn Award. The day was made even more special by the attendance of Tammy’s daughter, who flew in from Chicago to surprise her mother on this special day.

Other award recipients included Donald Christian, Achievement Award; Nicole Melton, E. M. Coulter Award; Jason Robert Baker, M. A. Smythe Award; Darrel Winchester, Dorothy Coulter Hancock Award; Jim Bare, Leadership Award; David K. Moore, Joseph E. Hurn Award; and Elizabeth Mooney, who was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement.

Congratulations to all the graduates and award recipients, and best of luck in your future careers!

A- The Bristol Campus Class of 2015

B- Mary P. McGurn Award recipient Tammy Denise Payne’s daughter (right) flew in from Chicago to surprise her mom (center).

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