Tunxis Community College held its 52nd Commencement on May 24 and May 25, with ceremonies held at Central Connecticut State University and in Farmington, according to school officials.
It was the final commencement as “an independent college before merging into CT State Community College in July,” officials noted.
The ceremonies included more than 700 degrees and certificates conferred to more than 600 graduates, which included graduates of continuing education health career training programs, according to the school.
“The Tunxis Class of 2023 features graduates who range in age from 18 to 69, and 15 veterans” and about 66 percent of the class was “nontraditional graduates ages 22 and older,” the college said in a statement.
“The endeavors and many sacrifices you have made to bring you to this moment in your educational journeys have led you here tonight to the first of what I hope are many golden opportunities,” Tunxis CEO Darryl Reome, said, also in a statement. “All of you felt these sacrifices and efforts were worth it to ensure greater opportunities for successful careers in the future.”
Terrence Cheng, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, congratulated graduates for “rising to the challenge of finishing their degrees with tenacity, commitment, focus and dedication despite challenges at college, at home, and in their personal lives. He shared advice on working hard, having integrity, and being humble and kind,” the statement said.
“When you swing, swing big. Don’t be afraid to fail,” he said. “Learn from your failures every time and keep learning.”