Jun. 11—MANCHESTER — Manchester Community College has posted virtual commencement exercises on its website,
The presentation includes recorded speeches by Valedictorian Sarah Hocutt of East Windsor, as well as additional content honoring the graduates.
The webpage was posted Thursday and is available online after that.
Hocutt was homeschooled for most of her education, the school said in a news release. At the age of 15, she attended Central Connecticut State University as a non-matriculated student and, after two semesters, transferred to MCC to pursue the CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Mathematics Studies.
Along the way she also satisfied the criteria for a high school diploma, completing all her requirements for an associate degree with a GPA of 4.0 in fall 2020. She is enrolled at the University of Connecticut, studying mathematics, computer science, and German, with plans for a career in cyber-defense or a related field.
Salutatorian Jo Dee Cyr of Newington developed a passion for drawing and sketching in early childhood. After a 30-year career as a legal administrative assistant and paralegal she was forced to consider a new path and enrolled at MCC as a full-time visual fine arts major. She plans to continue her education with the goal of teaching art to children and adults.
In addition to their remarks, Carol Curchoe, a 2000 graduate, gave the graduation address.
Curchoe, a native of South Windsor now based in San Diego, California, is the founder of ART Compass, (www.artcompass.io) a mobile application platform for in vitro fertilization laboratory management. She has published in numerous scientific journals and popular press. She is the author of "The Thin Pink Line," a critical exploration of historical perspectives and controversial topics in modern gynecology.
She was awarded the Manchester Community College Alumna of the Year award in 2019. She shares the ways in which, after struggling to earn her high school GED, she first began to transform her life at MCC.
"The teachers and classes I had at MCC gave me the foundation for who I am," Curchoe said. "I realized I could learn things even if they were hard."
After earning an associate's degree in general studies from MCC, she went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in molecular and cellular biology, and a master's degree and a doctorate in the physiology of reproduction, from the University of Connecticut.
These area students graduated from Manchester Community College this spring.
Nic Gagliardi, Constantina Paris, Kristina Schilling, Matthew Wantek.
Sara Batter, Francis Gomez, Adam Gruszczynski, Hudson Kamphausen, Alexandra Kuzara, Caroline Olis
Leah Gavin, Kevin Gordon, Sarah Pasqualini, Daniel Pfisterer, Erik Veo.
Sydney Bevivino, Heather Brousseau, Christianna Comollo, Aidan Darcey, Devon Doran, Gianna Duberek, Melissa Ferguson, Julia Francis, Matthew George, Hailie Kegler.
Anna Meltser, Chelsea Moskites, Christina Pierce, Christine Reynolds, Julia Salinsky, Jacob Sauerhoefer, Arielle Spencer, Patrick Trombley, Gabriella Veerasammy.
Scott Arsenault, Christein Avatar, James Bonsu, Whitney Bruzual, Raissa Calero, Marielena Cartagena-Santiago, Christian Carvajal, Ed Concepcion, Thy Huong Doan, Jessica Edwards, Jacqueline Espana.
Guadalupe Ferreyra, Terrence Foster, Aadil Galliwala, Shamara Gilbert, Morgan Gionfriddo, Nicholas Gopaul, Christopher Gopaul.
Conor Haddock, David Harper, David Harris, Linda Harvey, Kai Haughton, Chardell Hawley, Sara Hayes, Austin Heath, Lizandra Hernandez, Linoshka Hernandez, Taylor Januario, Richard Krizenosky, Bernard Kufuor.
Thuy Dung Le, Kimberly Markey, Edwin Martinez, Jamie Mathiau, Lakisha Mathis, Joshua McGee, Bryan Monserrate, Evans Morrison, Claudia Murillo, Christopher Nieves, Sheyla Ortiz-Caraballo, Daniela Pena-Sulantay.
Maria Rivera, Ruth Rivera, Giovanni Rodriguez, Adrian Rodriguez, Limbert Rodriguez, Elba Rosado, Ashley Ryea, Quannal Sanabria-Hutchings, Dalon Scott, Taneka Stewart, Andrew Williams, Maxwell Yeboah, Nadia Zuniga.
Brianna Coughlin, Sarah Hocutt, Megan Palma, Isabella Rizzo, Courtney Robertson, Aneta Zaliszewski.
Amy Bernabe, Alexander Bruno, Aruna Dhanushkodi, Maxwell Gale, Nathan Giordano, Thomas Joyse, Kyle Luginbuhl, Christian Nelson, Casey Noller, Anthony Rizzuto, Caitlin Trudeau, Jonathan Vamvilis, Ryan VanNostrand.
Jami Bailey, Jonathan Bartlett, Warren Chamberlain Jr., Daven Harmon, Mary Kibbe, Katherine Kusta, Matthew Laplante, Nancy LaRussa, Leslie O'Brien, Aymee Perdomo, Zachary Perry, Kelley Starkey, Jasmine Xiong.
Ilir Bici, Jon Bourret, Jesus Bueno, Franchesca Bustamante, Liliana Chuquihuanca, Gina Daddona, Carmella Hancock, Rachel Hasenauer, Josyah Howard, Joshua Jones.
Mackenzie Lesco, Caleb McQuade, John Panetta, Zachary Pierson, Daniel Talevi, Conor Thompson, Akilas Totonis, Zachary Ureta, Andreas Varnauskas, Lisa Yee.
William Albin, Jessie Kimball, James Larned, Adam Lisee, Tammy Noble, Melissa O'Reilly, Zackery Parsadanov, Trevor Pasquale, Tyler Roberts, Ericka Sandstrom.
Rowena Ahia, Muhammad Ahmad, Daniela Alberca, Jessica Alexandrides, Natalia Amaya Torres, Michelle Andzel, Michelle Andzel, Antonio Ayala, Dephtany Ayala.
Jillian Babin, Jillian Begin, Alyssa Bisi, Mariah Boland, Mckenzie Boland, Hannah Boulier, Reagan Bousquet, Eric Brosnan, Christopher Bucchere, Kayla Bunnell.
Lauren Camire, LeAnna Carlson, Connor Casey, Mark Chesterton, Michael Ciparelli, Victoria Cirilo, Christopher Clarke, Alicia Clarke-Olen.
Leala Daigle, Emma Daly, Kwabena Darko, Kamare DaSilva, Ilyani Del Orbe, Tina DiGregorio, Jo-Ann Doyle, Samantha Edinger, Taylor Edwards, Callan Engelbrecht, Carlos Espada, Violimar Espada.
Frankie Fana, Brittanie Farr, Joseph Fogarty, Kyle Forrest, Sebastian Furze, Jessica Gaskell, Jennifer Gates, Kayleigh Gauthier, Peter Guasta, Eleanore Hewett, Brandon Hoffler, Arnold Holmes.
Samantha Isaacs, Nathan Jedziniak, Smila Kalarikkal Jolly, Ian Kim, Caroline King, Angeline Laroche, Michael Lemire, Richard Lion, Christopher Longo.
Paul Marvin, Marisol Mata, Julie Misuraca, Natalie Mojica, Erika Moore, Kaitlyn Mott, Azmi Mou, Maggie Munzu, Caroline Nazareth, Austin Neil, Michelle Nickerson, Karma Nielsen, Scott Oliver, Mayrelis Ortiz.
Danielle Panton, Sumi Paul, Nicholas Piggott, Richard Piske, Stephanie Reyes, Andrew Robinson, Juan Rodriguez, Erin Rosa, Odalys Rosario, Jasmine Ross.
Benjamin Salamatian, Bryan Saltos Garcia, Shane Samuels, James Santa Maria, Victor Santiago, Jennifer Scott, Maria Segovia, Lydia Sekscenski, Brandi Sinclair, Stacey Smith, Kelsie Sullivan, Daniel Sutfin.
Kendra Thepphanava, Norma Torres, Alyssa Tracy, Yomaira Vargas, Dylan Wiafe, Armani World, Danielle Yagle.
Lauren Buettner, Christopher Chase, Eric Wheeler.
Julian Alexandre, Daniel Burgess, Kyle Cahoon, Kameron Chaddha, Maria Cheema, Samantha Cormier, Alyssa Dobler, Austin Fletcher, Megan Gregory, Brian Griswold, Deanna Gronski.
Amber Hutchinson, Timothy Johnson, Rafal Kempisty, Molly Kennedy, Ashley Konarski, Travis Maneeley, Kevin Mead, Phillip Misenti, Jordan Nason, Victoria-Taylor Orduz, Joyce Rolon, Joyce Rolon.
Rhiannon Scannell, Sandra Slater, Poornima Vikas, Joseph Viola, Bekalu Yilma.
Matthew Bouthillier, Daniel Chrzanowski, Hannah D'Amico, Ashley LaCroix, Jordan McKay, Erin Murphy, Marilyn Myers, Aleksondra Patalik, Izabella Pelczar.
Phillip Brunton, Dena Chance, Nicolas Emma.
Hanna Bacha, Rebecca Baker, Jacob Castonguay, Amnah Chaudhry, Jessica Dempsey, James Doherty, Melissa Kiely, Kara Kondratovicz, Ashley Loomis, Kyle McDonald, Julieanne Pedemonti, Joseph Roshkowski, Chloe Sinnamon, Daniel Weed, Stacey Williams.
Thomas Alfano, Elizabeth Baddeley, Christopher Bassett, Jenna Blinn, Laura Blowers, Akintola Campbell, Brooke Cournoyer, Brandy Cupe, Madelyn Daitch, Amanda Despres.
Alexis Garcia, Kristen Giordano, Laura Gorecki, Zachary Gregus, Zachary Gregus, Mercedes Huapaya, Shannon Kelly, Geeta Khade, Emily Kurban, Cameron Lavoie.
Christopher MacCoy, Taylor Machholz, Salar Malik, Jonathan McCartin, Jacqueline McGrail, Simona MoCofan, Eric Mohr, Natalie Morganson, Keith Morris, Keith Morris, Adine Moynihan, Susan Mulligan.
Christopher O'Connor, Tyler Parsons, Nicholas Persaud, Savannah Piechowicz, Michael Reel, Aiden Reid, Oscar Rodriguez, Murphy Ruocco, Scott Sandberg, Jane Satkowski, Taylor Sloat, Annelise Sonner.
Jose Tanchiva Pascual, April Violette, Lisa Vonberg, Austin Wagner, Robert Wakefield, Abby Wilson, Kristiana Wintress.
Kiona Cortese, Anna Farnsworth, Brittney Merced.
Benjamin Alas, Sagine Alexandre-Watson, Cameron Alexis, Kerry Ann Black, Joshua Brouillard, Heather Bultmann, Courtney Carter, Frank Corbett, Sarah Espada, Katherine Espinal, Melody Girona, Gregory Hawkins.
Anisha Johnson, Brittany Jones, Allyson Kerr, Cheryl Moran, Danielle Newbold, LaShawnda Price, LaShawnda Price, Keniesha Salmon, Imani Schley, Justin St. John, Caroline Toal, Shanice Williams.
Christopher Block, Charlene Clemons, Patrick Fallon, Adam Haglund, Briana Hall, Kenil Patel, Gianna Silva.