Local Grads Part of 15th MCCC Gateway Celebration

POTTSTOWN PA – After an extraordinary year of COVID-19 challenges, 21 graduates of Montgomery County Community College’s “Gateway to College” program (at top) received their high school diplomas Wednesday (June 16). Families and friends cheered as they moved their tassels and proudly stood before them.

College President Dr. Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez, in a video message, congratulated the students and declared them as “shining examples of how students can come to MCCC in academic danger and rise to academic success.” The program helps students stay on track to complete requirements needed for high school graduation, and also allows them to earn college credits.

The list of this year’s graduates included:

  • Brennan McCarty of the Pottsgrove School District,
  • Charles Cook, Annalise Gaither-Thornton, Joseph Krieg, Delroy Smith, Noah Tittle, all of Perkiomen Valley,
  • Layla Didomenico, Upper Perkiomen,
  • James Miller, Daniel Boone, and
  • Michael Tillotson, Phoenixville School District.

Other graduates hailed from the Colonial, Cheltenham, North Penn, Upper Merion, Upper Moreland, and Wissahickon districts. Seventeen graduates will continue their education at either MCCC or another college; three will enter the workforce, and one will serve in the military.

Since MCCC launched the program in 2013 at its Blue Bell and Pottstown campuses, 206 students have earned their high school diplomas. MCCC’s Gateway program is one of only two such programs in Pennsylvania, and among 31 national programs in 19 states across the country.

Photo by David DeBalko supplied by MCCC