Student Speaker Says MCC Changed Her Life

(Bradenton, Fla., April 19, 2007) - Manatee Community College (MCC) graduating sophomore Jessica Mead was chosen as the student speaker for Spring 2007 commencement exercises to be held May 4 at the Manatee Convention Center, Palmetto. A single mother of two, Mead took courses during days and evenings and online in order to coordinate her studies around family needs. She says her college journey changed her life.

Mead, a Sarasota resident, returned to college after a years-long educational gap and discovered a world of learning opportunities that extended beyond classroom doors. She came to know and respect faculty and staff as a student assistant in the mathematics department, and found friendships and inspiration in service activities with fellow students. Mead served as president of the MCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and was a member of Mu Alpha Theta mathematics club. Her Phi Theta Kappa leadership role gave her an opportunity to travel and learn ways to better her own life and those of others.

"I have found role models, inspiration, respect, friendship and support. My time at MCC has helped reshape who I will be tomorrow. I have learned to seize opportunities that offer a chance to leave something behind," said Mead.

Mead earned an associate in arts degree and plans to pursue both a career and a bachelor's degree in public relations and communications.

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