Great Bay Community College celebrates Class of 2022

PORTSMOUTH — Great Bay Community College celebrated its 76th commencement outdoors on its Portsmouth campus. Unlike the previous year, where multiple smaller ceremonies had to be held to accommodate spacing restrictions due to the pandemic, the college was able to hold one event for all graduates on Saturday.

Great Bay conferred over 300 degrees or certificates during the weekend festivities.

The college began in 1945 as the State Trade School at Portsmouth and has become one of northern New England’s leading two-year institutions of higher learning, offering over 50 degree and certificate programs in the sciences, technical studies, and liberal arts while serving as an educational and career hub for students, businesses, and the community.

Brigid Emma Murphy speaks during the Great Bay Community College Class of 2022 graduation ceremony Saturday, May 14.

Recently appointed President, Dr. Cheryl Lesser, welcomed the class of 2022 and a crowd of close to one thousand family and friends on hand to cheer on the graduates. “I have come to recognize in just six weeks at Great Bay, that students, faculty, and staff are passionate and compassionate people. They have shown strength, resilience, and intelligence to meet challenges in our classes, our community and in the world. The Great Bay community committed itself to provide the path for our students to achieve excellence and be prepared for the world beyond our doors. This is the mission of GBCC, to prepare students to meet life’s challenges at all levels and our hopes are that they become, that you become, partners with us, with your communities and beyond to improve and ensure that we all thrive into the future. ”

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