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Career Training Graduates Honored at 2nd Annual Commencement
A group of career training graduates stands together with their official graduation gifts in the Student Life Center.

More than 100 community members and college officials came together in the Student Life Center on April 5 to celebrate student achievement during Brookdale’s 2nd annual Career Training Commencement Ceremony, hosted by Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS).

Nearly 30 graduates of dozens of career training programs – including dental assistant, Microsoft Office specialist, medical billing, nonprofit management and web development – were recognized in front of a capacity crowd of friends, family, classmates and instructors.

The ceremony began with addresses by Brookdale president Dr. Maureen Murphy, CPS director of operations Joan Scocco, and director of workforce training Dominic Latorraca, all of whom congratulated the graduates for seeing their training – and their professional goals – through to the end.

“These training programs are a major step for many people to obtain the knowledge and skills that lead directly to employment–whether it is an individual just entering the workforce, or someone changing careers,” said Latoracco. “The commitment to successfully complete a training program, and obtain a license and/or industry certification in many instances, is something to celebrate as an accomplishment toward a successful career.”

Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy (left) congratulates PCT graduate Kayla Hutchins on April 5. Photo by Minh Connors.

Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy (left) congratulates PCT graduate Kayla Hutchins on April 5. Photo by Minh Connors.

Also participating in the ceremony were Associate Vice President of CPS Marie Lucier-Woodruff and new Patient Care Technician (PCT) graduate Kayla Hutchins, who spoke on behalf of the graduating class.

After going away to college after high school, Hutchins described how she felt she felt dissatisfied with her studies and decided to return home and pursue a new career in health care. Now, as a PCT graduate, Hutchins said she hopes to enroll in the Brookdale nursing program. 

Each of the graduating students received a bound leather journal and a 50th anniversary commemorative pen along with their official certificates of completion.

“It feels great,” said Gabriella Martinez, one of ten graduates recognized for completing Brookdale’s popular Judicial and Medical Interpreting program. “This was a wonderful opportunity to continue my education and successfully pursue my career goal, which is to become an interpreter. I’m very proud.”

Learn more about Brookdale’s affordable, short-term career training programs here

Check out more photos of the Commencement Ceremony here

– Photos and reporting by Minh Connors, college relations intern