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.
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. ”
Distinguished members of the College Community and honored guests represented on the platform included Dr. Mark Rubinstein, Chancellor of the Community College System of NH (CCSNH), Dr. Cathryn Addy, GBCC Interim President from August 2019 to March of this year, Christine Strong , Chair of the GBCC Advisory Board, Hollie Noveletsky, Sharon Harris, and Steven Slovenski, members of the Board of Trustees for CCSNH, Tina Favara, VP of Student Success & Enrollment Management and Lisa McCurley, VP of Academic Affairs for Great Bay.
Maine resident Dr. Elizabeth McLellan, a global leader in nursing and healthcare administration and president and founder of Maine-based Partners for World Health, was the Keynote Speaker at the Ceremony. In her address de ella, she shared details of her de ella many travels to Bangladesh, over 30 years for her career where she witnessed poverty, homelessness, malnutrition, and a specific woman, “homeless, nameless, faceless and voiceless” who became her inspiration from her
“When I look back on those moments, I realized that my life’s course was inspired by tragedies I was unable to fix,” she reflected.
She then when on to advise the graduates, “When you have the opportunity to make an impact on one person’s life, you have the opportunity to make a difference in many. If you believe in vision stick with it…. people will notice and believe in you and the power of your vision becomes their vision…. Be the change. Show all you meet compassion for life.”
After Dr. McLellan’s address, Dr. Mark Rubinstein, the Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire offered remarks and presented the 2022 Chancellor’s Awards
The Chancellor’s Award for Service Excellence was presented to: Jenna Anand, Academic & Student Support Advisor. Among the criteria, the award is given to a candidate who has demonstrated innovation in service to students and has made a positive impact on the college community.
The Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence was presented to: Nursing Faculty, Kelly McDonough. The award is based on criteria including a demonstration of teaching innovation, leadership, an individual’s impact on students, community involvement, as well as service to the college
President Cheryl Lesser presented the 2022 Great Bay President’s Awards.
The President’s Award for Outstanding Adjunct was presented to: Beverly Hodsdon, Adjunct faculty member in the Digital Media Communications program. The award is given to an adjunct faculty member whose commitment to Great Bay Community College serves academic integrity and students needs in the greater interest of the teaching-learning environment.
The President’s Award for Outstanding Student was presented to: Samantha Coombs-Pierce. The award is given to a member of the college community whose endeavors have made a significant difference at the College.
The Presidents Award for Special Contributions was presented to Dr. Cathryn Addy who served as Interim President at GBCC from August 19-March 22nd, 2022.
Academic awards were presented to students with the highest GPA in their program.
2022 Academic Award winners
Accounting AS Degree – Cory Mills
Biological Science AS Degree – Jennifer Trussell
Biotechnology AS Degree – Karen McCabe
Business Administration AS Degree – Robert Pettus
Chemistry AA Degree – Desmond Kuhn
Computer Technologies AS Degree – Everett Brown
Criminal Justice AS Degree – Matthew Pefine
Digital Media Communications AS Degree – Hunter Fournier
Early Childhood Education AS Degree – Elysa Braman
Bioengineering AS Degree – Trey Loving
Engineering Science AS Degree – Walt Gray
English AA Degree – Catherine Moloney
Environmental Science AS Degree – Holly Silva
History AA Degree – Amanda Jennings
Direct Career AS Degree – Allison Johnson
Hotel, Restaurant & Event Management
AS Degree – Emily Morgan
Information Systems Technology AS Degree – Charmaine Pacot
Liberal Arts AA Degree – Megan Curran
Nursing AS Degree – Elizabeth Shaw
Psychology AA Degree – Marianne Collins
Surgical Technology AS Degree – Alissa Heitman
Teacher Preparation AA Degree – John Webb
Technical Studies AS Degree – Eric Rohrbacher
Veterinary Technology AS Degree – Rebekah Lehane
The Class of 2022 Student Speaker was Brigid Emma Murphy, graduating with an associate in arts degree in psychology. She shared her story of being discouraged from going to a community college after high school by a guidance counselor and instead, deciding to attend a state college. While there, Murphy discovered that she was suffering from undiagnosed depression and anxiety. With little support available to her at the College, she dropped out assuming a degree was not in her future. Later, after being inspired by an Aunt who recently received a degree, she started at age 24 at Great Bay.
“I told myself that community college would be “good enough” She said, “But I was, frankly, shocked to find that I was challenged here. It was far from the easy ride I had anticipated, and I loved it. I felt like I was getting the “real” college experience, and I soon realized I was exactly where I was supposed to be.”
“The biggest difference between Great Bay and other colleges” Murphy continued, “is not the lower tuition, the smaller class sizes, the incredible work of the staff members, or the welcoming atmosphere of the students. What really makes Great Bay stand out is the way they believe in us.”
Great Bay Community College Class of 2022
Great Bay Community College
Graduate Class of 2022
Alvarez, Diego; Andujar, Erica; Angow, Geovanno; Arabia, Jasmine; Baker, Emily; Baker, Ethan; Barker, Luke; Beaupre, Ryan; Belanger, Christine; Bell, Jordan; Bellavance, JoAnn; Bent, Taylor; Berry, Olivia; Bigelow, Addison; Blanchard, Shane; Bonaventura, Amanda; Boston, Ryan; Boudreau, Summer; Boyko, Wendy; Bragg, Olivia; Braker, Heather; Braman, Elysa; Brooks, Nicholas; Brown, Everett; Brown-Bloom, Dallen; Bruedle, Julia; Buitrago, Stacy; Bunker, Kelsey; Burke, Sophia; Burton, Jocelynn; Call, Morgan; Callaghan, John; Camillo, Arielle; Cammarosano, Luciano; Carey, Samantha; Carpenter, Deven; Cavanaugh, Richard; Chase, Melissa; Cheney, Noah; Chrostowski, Julianna; Cilley, Katie; Clark, Harrison; Clough, Michael; Coddington, Jonathan; Cole, Hayley; Collins, Marianne; Collison, Shawna; Conley, Veronica; Coombs-Pierce, Samantha; Cooper, Grace; Cotnoir, Amanda; Coussoule, Gavan; Cunningham, Spencer; Curran, Megan; Dabrieo, Paeton; Danahy, Ryan; Debow, John; Dennison, Kaitlyn; Dillard, Sarah; Dippold, Brennan; Disch, Cedrine; Dorey, Robert; Downes, David; Drake, Alexis; Drusendahl, Chloe; Dubetsky, Kayla; Dubin, Nicholas; Doulin, Andrea; Dutton, Sarenna; Eaton, Marcel; Edwards, Isabella; Emery, Ashley; Fahey, Bridget; Fantasia, Zachary; Fishbaugh, Ethan; Fisher, Kristin; Flagg, Madeline; Fournier, Aliza; Fournier, Eugene; Frazier, Autumn; Frigon, Armand; Fusilier, Miranda; Gage, Morgan; Gagnon, Jesse; Garland, Nichole; Giguere, Caitlin; Gilpatrick, Shannon; Gleason, Lindsay; Goldsberry, Hadassah; Gonynor, Sarah; Goodridge, Kayla; Gorsuch, Emily; Grant, Kylie; Gray, Taylor; Grey, Walt; Greenberg, Logan; Guididas, Jacob; Guptill, Jordan; Haley, John; Hall, Mary; Hardy, Eric; Harper, Haley; Hauser, Jordan; There is, Jason; Heitman, Alissa; Henry, David; Heon, Megan; Hill, Christine; Hill, Patrick; Hitchcock, Ian; Hoffmann, Robert; Hoyt, Timothy; Huber, Anneka; Huntley, Rebecca; Hutt, Megan; Hyde, Edward; Innis, Trescia; Irvine, David; Jackson, Kailyn; Jacques, Mason; Jennings, Amanda; Johnson, Aimee; Johnson, April; Johnson, Allison; Jordan, Craig; Kananowicz, Julia; Karampatsos, Hannah; Katz, Logan; Keenan, Samantha; Keller, John; Kelly, Cameron; Kierstead, Tucker; King, Holly; King, Rebecca; Kissane, Sydney; Kitt, Devon; Klidaras, Jacob; Knight, Ann; Knight, Darryl; Knight, Lindsey; Knowles, Nicole; Kuhn, Desmond; LaFlamme, Kristen; Laforce, Carter; Lampel, Maryellen; Lawson, Cali; LeBlanc, Luc; Lebor, Katelyn; Lee, Timothy; Leger, Jacqlyn; Lehane, Rebekah; Leroux, Daniel; Lingar, Laura; Lipinski, Jake; Loader, Michael; Loving, Trey; Lucier, Andriana; Lucius, Emily; Lupoli, Marie; Magnusson, Noah; Mancini, Nicholas; Marino, Reilly; Martel, Katherine; Martin, Anthony; Martin, Colleen; Martinko, Victoria; Massaro, Kim; Maynard, Michelle; McCabe, Karen; McCann, Jared; McCarthy, Kerrie; McDonnell, Erin; McDonough, Connor; McGrath, Emily; McGuire, Renée; McKay, Christopher; McKee-Rodeman, Nicholas; McKenney, Delaney; McNamara, Samuel; McWain, Christopher; Meats, Kathleena; Melendez, Patrick; Mendonca, Nicole; Meserve, Caleigh; Miles, Jada; Miller, Bonnie; Miller, Jessica; Mills, Cory; Mills, Regina; Mitchell, Amanda; Mitchum, Alexander; Moloney, Catherine; Momenee-DuPrie, Alec; Monello, Michael; Morgan, Emily; Morse, Elizabeth; Morse, Emma; Murphy, Sean; Murray, Madison; Nelson, Leah; Nesbitt, Hailey; Nesbitt, James; Newcomb, Eloisa; Nielsen, Andrew; Nolan, Sarah; O’Dwyer, Gaelyn; Olive, Lisa; Pacot, Charmaine; Pagucci, Kyle; Panek, Alexandria; Pefine, Matthew; Pelletier, Carter; Pelletier, Heather; Perrella, Julianna; Perrow, Madison; Pettus, Robert; Pirelli, Jossalyn; Pitt, Brandy; Poggi, Brynda; Polychronis, Nicole; Portelli, Gianna; Poudel, Susmita; Powell, Chad; Raab, Kaitlyn; Radcliffe, Kristina; Randall, Sophia; Richards, Julie; Robichaud, Natasha; Rockelin, Joseph; Rodgers, Leah; Rohrbach, Eric; Rondinone, Madison; Roussos, Joseph; Routhier, Zackery; Rowe, Spencer; Roys, Gabrielle; Saravong, Haley; Schwartz, Michael; Schweizer, Emma; Seabrooke, Kalli; Shaheen, Ryan; Shaw, Elizabeth; Shevenell, Jacob; Sigouin, Cody; Silva, Anthony; Silva, Holly; Sinclair, Ashley; Smith, Sean; South, Keely; Sprague-Budgell, Chelsea; St Hilaire, Ryan; Starr, Jasmyn; Stratos, Ian; Strong, Madison; Sullivan, Christopher; Sullivan, Irina; Surdam, Ryan; Szarek, Whitney; Tarnowski, Lydia; Taylor, Katrina; Taylor, Shaylin; Tilley, Angela; Todd, Adam; Trapp, Amelia; Traver, Kelleyann; Trezak, Elizabeth; Trout, Andrew; Trussell, Jennifer; Umbreit, Christopher; Valentine, Tomas; Valliere, Kelaya; VanHart, Anthony; Vancoppenolle, Marcus; Vanda, Julia; Vile, Schneider; Vranjes, Mirjana; Wagner, Jamie; Waites, Dawn; Waldo, Emily; Webb, John; Weeks, April; Weller, Emily; Whitman, Bridget; Williams, Jordan; Williamson, Kelly; Winder, Peighton; Young, Shaun; Zajac, Morgan; Zhouk, Julia.