MCC Spring Commencement Exercises Held May 5

(Bradenton, Fla., May 6, 2006) - Manatee Community College (MCC) Spring 2006 commencement exercises were held Friday, May 5, at the Manatee Convention Center, Palmetto. Approximately 285, out of a total of 630 graduating students, participated in the ceremony.

MCC President Dr. Sarah Pappas offered opening remarks and conferred degrees. Guest speaker Henry Haitz III, 41, president and publisher of The Herald daily newspaper, received the 2004 Bloomsburg (Pa.) University Alumni Association's Young Alumni of the Year Award. The Newspaper Association of America in 2000 named him one of the top 20 newspaper executives under the age of 40. Haitz is an active member of numerous community service organizations, including the United Way, Manatee County Schools Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton. Student speaker and graduating sophomore Adam Warcewicz, 39, was chosen as a first-team member of the 2006 All-Florida Academic Team. He served as president of the MCC Bradenton Student Government Association (SGA) and executive vice president of the campus chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. A Sarasota resident, Warcewicz will attend the University of South Florida and plans to be a lawyer.

Other program participants included Rip duPont III, chair, District Board of Trustees; Dr. John Rosen, vice president, academic affairs; Stephanie Cook, assistant professor, computing and engineering technology; Dr. Sheri Chejlyk, instructor, social and behavioral sciences; Lorraine Livingston, assistant professor, nursing, and mace bearer; Dr. R. Warren Apple, organist; MCC Venice SGA president Paul Gaerlan; Rev. Don Nicholson, chaplain, Campus Ministries; and music student Charles McKenzie III. 

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