Commencement Student Speaker Serves His Country & MCC

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 12, 2007) - Sean Abene, a member of the Air Force National Guard, had to interrupt his studies at Manatee Community College (MCC) more than once to serve his country. On Dec. 14, he will celebrate his graduation from MCC and serve his college as the student speaker in Winter 2007 commencement exercises that begin at 7 p.m. in Neel Performing Arts Center at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

Abene, 24, is a Bradenton resident and a graduate of Bayshore High School. While attending classes at MCC since 2004, he has been called to active duty in Iraq and for hurricane aftermath relief missions. In January, he anticipates being sent to Iraq again.

A believer in doing everything to the best of his ability, Abene has established an outstanding record at MCC. Last summer, he won a $1,000 Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation scholarship, one of 400 scholarships awarded nationwide to students attending institutions that grant two-year degrees. Academic success and community service are key criteria for winning one of those coveted scholarships.

President of the MCC Bradenton chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa international honorary society, Abene was named the number one officer in the Florida region this year. He also has been active in the Circle K International Club sponsored by local Kiwanis clubs. Graduating summa cum laude (requiring a 3.9 minimum grade point average) with an associate in arts degree, he plans to get a bachelor's degree in information technology and a master's in either business or management.

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