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All in all, it has been
an amazing journey
a lot of learning took place,
and a college was born.
Ray Shea
Retired MCC Humanities Professor
n Tuesday, September 7,
faculty and staff celebrated
Convocation with a 40
anniversary celebration,
looking forward to the future and back
on the past. Forty years ago in
September, Middlesex opened its
doors for the first time to 570 students,
who attended classes in two leased
buildings on the grounds of the VA
hospital in Bedford.
President Carole Cowan began by
sharing a thank-you letter she had
received from an appreciative parent of
a Middlesex graduate who praised the
college for always going "above and
beyond." She also welcomed the many
retirees and former employees in
attendance, who helped Middlesex
achieve so much, including 5th District
congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who
previously served as MCC Dean of
External Affairs.
With Student Trustee Moses Kirori
serving as master of ceremonies, it
was a day to recognize employees who
have given 15, 20 and 25 years of
service to the college. Several
speakers, including MCC Trustees
Chairman Bill Chemelli and MCC
Foundation Chairman Jim Henderson,
took time to laud President Cowan,
who also is celebrating her 20th year
as MCC President. She was presented
with 20 red roses and a specially
designed 40
anniversary china plate.
Retired professors Ray Shea and Sandi
Albertson-Shea dug into a treasure
chest of memories to produce
mementos of the college's 40-year
legacy, ranging from the hilarious to
the heartwarming. They had great
stories of the early days at the "NOT
ready for prime time campus" at the
VA and about the serious
"multitasking" handled by a group of
young and enthusiastic faculty and
staff who were determined to build a
The presentation included a stirring
synopsis of MCC's many leadership
roles in education. "All in all, it has
been an amazing journey a lot of
learning took place, and a college was
born," concluded Ray Shea.
Deborah Kearney
Middlesex Community College
40th Convocation Celebration
Bedford Campus Quad