MCCC Observes 53rd Commencement with Drive-In Ceremonies

BLUE BELL PA – It was the moment members of Montgomery County Community College’s Class of 2020 (above) patiently waited to celebrate: their graduation.

Typically held in May, the commencement ceremony was postponed this year due to COVID-19. Although it was delayed a few months, the momentous day was not forgotten. To celebrate the 53rd Commencement and safely accommodate its participants, MCCC held two drive-up ceremonies Friday (Oct. 2, 2020) at its Blue Bell campus at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

MCCC’s Class of 2020 has 1,669 graduates, who earned a total of 1,685 degrees and certificates. Thirty-three graduates had perfect 4.0 grade point averages, and 733 – more than 40 percent – graduated with honors, holding GPAs of 3.25 to 4.0. Members of the Class of 2020 range in age from 18 to 70 years.

Four graduates were named All-Pennsylvania Academic Scholars:

Ashley Tokarski of Pottstown,
Matthew Falcone of Green Lane,
Dennis Duett of Souderton, and
Blessing Osazuwa of Drexel Hill.

Falcone also was named a 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar. Osazuwa was accepted into Columbia University where she’ll start classes in the spring.

“This year has brought a set of challenges, transitions and opportunities that hasn’t been seen before. With the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing, the historic protests, the ongoing fight against racial and social injustices, and so much more, 2020 was by far one of the most transformative years in recent history,” MCCC President Dr. Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez said during the ceremony.

The college’s graduates “have played an instrumental, active role as part of it – readying yourselves for economic recovery and future prosperity,” she added.

Frank X. Custer, Chair of MCCC’s Board of Trustees, and also acknowledged their perseverance and grit. This year’s student commencement speaker was Donnell Peake, who earned his associate’s degree in Mass Media Studies. He spoke about the challenges he faced while he was a student, including homelessness, and how MCCC was able to help him through student support programs so he could continue his education.

Photo supplied by Montgomery County Community College