Amid cheering faculty, staff, families and community members, 43 graduates of the Southeastern Technical Institute commenced their graduation on Wednesday night, May 23, 2012, in deep blue caps and gowns, to the traditional music of “Pomp and Circumstance”.
Having completed their post-secondary majors in Dental Assisting, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and Medical Assisting, the graduates are fully equipped to sit for their certification exams and boards as early as next week. Through the school’s excellent externship program, 47% of the graduates already received job offers prior to tonight’s ceremony.
The evening began with a welcome by Mr. Dave Degan, Director of the Technical Institute, who introduced Medical Assisting graduate Ana Vega, who lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem followed.
Mr. Dave Degan next commended the audience for their roles in the success of tonight’s graduates. He welcomed and thanked the families and friend of graduates, members of the school committee, Superintendent Mr. Luis Lopes, faculty and staff, and most importantly, the Southeastern Technical Institute Class of 2012 Graduates.
All of the graduates are success stories who just a year ago, were searching for something they did not possess. Some wanted to expand their education, some got back to education after a break, and some wanted a total career change, but all chose to further their education within a career field that fit their professional aspirations. The positive effects of the programs at STI are felt across New England and across generations, as 90% of the students attend because they have a relative, friend or co-worker that were, or know, a former STI student who told them to come here for a good education. Graduates leave prepared and employable, ready to work hard and enjoy their chosen careers every day.
Next on the program, Superintendent Luis Lopes and Southeastern Regional District School Committee Chairman Mark Linde shared encouragement and advice.
A highlight of the evening was the student speeches, with each of the 3 majors being represented. Brianna Szwedko was selected to represent Dental Assisting students. She reminisced with classmates about the close bond they forged as they went from novices to mini dental geniuses. They worked hard and were taught by remarkable teachers who got them ready for their 300 hours of clinical rotations, for graduation, and now for a dental assisting career.
James Arruda spoke on behalf of fellow HVAC students, some of whom began the program having some background in this field of work, but most did not. All grew into a new trade, beyond the traditional technical skills, on to personal and management skills. One of the most important tools the talented and experienced faculty brought home was the topic of safety, to ensure they will come home daily to their waiting families.
Medical Assisting Graduate Diane Trennie-Russell enthusiastically congratulated her classmates with a resounding “We Did It”! The moment had arrived, and the work and sacrifice was worth it as the time has come to put all that they learned into practice. Strong bonds of friendships were forged in the Class of 2012 that are likely to last a long time, even as classmates go their separate ways.
Following the presentation of awards and scholarships, each student received a well-earned diploma, presented by Christopher Deleo, Norton representative of the Southeastern Regional District School Committee. The last component of the ceremony was for Mr. Degan to certify the graduates with a final task of standing and moving their tassels from the right to left side to complete all of the requirements of their respective programs. “It is my honor and pleasure to certify you as graduates of the Southeastern Technical Institute” announced Mr. Degan, as he thanked and bid all a good night.
Graduates of the STI Class of 2012 include the following students.
Melissa Carpentieri of Brockton - Highest Honors
Renee DeBarros, Acushnet - Honors
Erica Gallant, Taunton - High Honors and Scholarship recipient
Samantha Goodspeed - Rockland
Heather Holmes, South Easton - Honors
Dayna Holmes, Middleboro - High Honors
Elizabeth Little, East Bridgewater – High Honors
Sandra McCann, Brockton
Nathalie Mendes, New Bedford
Tiffanie Monaghan, Brockton – Highest Honors
Evelise Sanches, Brockton – Honors
Melinda Silveira, Brockton – Honors
Lauren Sirois, East Bridgewater – High Honors and Scholarship recipient
Lynda Soule, Taunton – Honors
Brianna Szwedko, West Bridgewater
Megan Tangaro, Raynham, Highest Honors and Scholarships recipient
Julie Tritto, Stoughton
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
James Arruda, Brockton – High Honors and Scholarship recipient
Carlos Cardoso, Brockton – High Honors
Matthew Henriksen, Brockton
Stephen Ierardo, North Easton – Honors
Christopher Instasi, Norton – High Honors
Edward Jaynes III, Brockton
Christopher MacFarlane, East Bridgewater – Honors
Rianne Baker, Halifax
Danielle Brocato, Taunton – Highest Honors
Daphnee Cedor, Brockton
Sara Deroo, East Bridgewater
Shannon Fralick, Brockton – Honors
Heather Gavin, East Bridgewater – Honors
Gina Gilbert, Middleboro
Rachel Gunter, Brockton
Kristina Hammond, East Bridgewater – Highest Honors
Jennifer Lemieux, Stoughton – High Honors and Scholarship recipient
Cindy Morin, Brockton – High Honors
Abbey Peterson, Brockton, Scholarship recipient
Courtney Rodrigues, Stoughton
Susan Sykes, Berkley – High Honors
Diane Treannie-Russell, Foxboro
Ignace Valcourt, Brockton – High Honors and Scholarship recipient
Ana Vega, Milton – Honors
Janelle Vicente, Brockton
Stacey Wluka, South Easton – Highest Honors