MCC Winter Commencement to be Held Dec. 14

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 5, 2007) - Manatee Community College (MCC) Winter 2007 commencement exercises will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, in Neel Performing Arts Center at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. Out of a total of 395 students eligible for graduation, 206 will participate in the ceremony. 

The guest speaker is state Rep. Bill Galvano, an MCC alumnus and Bradenton attorney who is now serving his third term as District 68 representative. Galvano chairs the eight-county Bay Area Legislative Delegation. Student speaker Sean Abene, 24, is a Bradenton resident who is graduating summa cum laude with an associate in arts degree. A member of the Air Force National Guard, Abene has had to interrupt his studies to serve in Iraq and on hurricane aftermath missions. Abene plans to get a bachelor's degree in information technology and a master's in business or management.

Other program participants include MCC President Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, who will offer opening remarks and confer degrees; Steve Harner, chair, District Board of Trustees; Dr. John Rosen, vice president, academic affairs; Stephanie Cook, assistant professor, computing and engineering technology; Dr. Joni Pirnot, associate professor, mathematics; Luci Frith, professor, speech, mace bearer and recipient of the Vice President's Excellence Award; MCC Venice Student Government Association (SGA) President Kathleen Emmons; MCC Bradenton SGA President Justin Zinkovich; Rev. Don Nicholson, chaplain, Campus Ministries; and music student Megan Wintersteen. 

Tickets are required for the ceremony and are available through graduating students.


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