Associate degrees

31 Southeast Area Seniors Earn Associate’s Degrees from Massasoit Community College Through Early College High School Initiative

For immediate release

SOUTH EASTON — Superintendent Luis Lopes and Principal Leslie Weckesser are pleased to honor 31 seniors who graduated from Massasoit Community College with an Associate of Arts degree.

The students were recognized as part of the class of 2022 at Massasoit’s kick-off ceremony on Thursday, May 26 on the Brockton campus. Of the 31 graduating students, 13 of them also graduated with honors.

The graduates are:

  • Ashley Barjon, of Brockton (with distinction)
  • Colyn Bennett of Foxborough
  • Izayah Bernard, of Brockton
  • Michael Burrowes, of Stoughton
  • Cadet Kedjin, from Brockton
  • Shaniya Capre, of Brockton
  • Michelle Chaplain, of Brockton (with distinction)
  • Piper Culp, of East Bridgewater (with highest honors)
  • Melanie DeBarros, of Brockton
  • Benjamin Dorelien, of Brockton (with distinction)
  • Ruth Duprevil, of Brockton
  • Kaila Duverger, of Easton
  • Oliver Eaton, of East Bridgewater (with distinction)
  • Lourdiana Etienne, of Brockton
  • Shamairra Excellent, of Brockton
  • Yolanda Exilien, of Brockton (with distinction)
  • Darlene Ezeonugo, of Brockton (with distinction)
  • Edith Germain, of Brockton
  • Therese Gilbride, of Sharon
  • Zenilda Goncalves, of Brockton (with highest honors)
  • Emmanuelle Isme, of Brockton (with distinction)
  • Sania Johnson, of Stoughton
  • Owen Maciel, of East Bridgewater
  • Cailey McAvoy, of Brockton (with distinction)
  • Jazelyn Mercado, of Brockton (with distinction)
  • D’Demarco Miller, of Brockton (with great distinction)
  • Brittney Riley, of Stoughton (with distinction)
  • Tamba Sewa, from Stoughton
  • Ana Souza, of Mansfield
  • Ariel Rain Taylor, from Easton
  • Alexa Wright, of Brockton (with distinction)

Elders Melisha Abraham, of Brockton; Matthew Esty of Foxborough; Nazilia Fernandes, of Brockton; Sargine Fortin, of Brockton; and Dianalis Lugo-Cabrera of Stoughton also participated in the program, completing more than half of the credits required for the degree.

“I am proud of all of our Early College students and very happy for each one of them. Students have shown they can succeed in difficult things, persevere when a course or situation seems impossible, and celebrate every challenge they encounter,” said Michele Tracia, Dual Enrollment and Secondary School Coordinator Early College. “Not only have they created a culture of academic and professional success, but they have created a community of ECHS students in which they truly care about each other. They are great students, great friends, and awesome human beings.

Catie Tuccinardi, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, added, “Our junior high graduates are quite an amazing bunch! They preserved themselves through distance learning during the pandemic and continued to thrive when they returned to the Massasoit campus in the fall. I look forward to hearing about their future success.

The students graduated through Southeastern’s Early College High School (ECHS) initiative. Through the ECHS, students can take college courses while completing high school.

Students participating in ECHS begin by taking dual-enrollment classes at Southeastern after the school day, then can take full-time college classes at the Massasoit Brockton campus during their junior and senior years of high school. Courses count as credits on their high school and college transcripts, allowing students to earn their high school diploma and an associate’s degree, or a significant amount of credit toward a degree.

Through ECHS, students participated in the Massasoit Liberal Arts Transfer Program. The students took courses that gave them a broad education in the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences. The program is designed for students who plan to transfer with credits earned in a liberal arts bachelor’s degree program.

“I am very proud of these graduates and I congratulate them on this well-deserved distinction. The Early College High School initiative is a great opportunity for our students to prepare for college by exposing them to college courses and working with professors and peers while they are still in high school,” said the Principal Weckesser. “Their success in the program is the result of their perseverance and great dedication to their education, and this achievement is all the more impressive considering that a significant part of their high school experience took place in the midst of the pandemic. of COVID-19. I hope they are all proud of this outstanding achievement.

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