Memorial Auditorium. Addressing the more than 1,000 graduates was
Commencement Speaker Lucille O'Neal, mother of former Boston Celtics
player Shaquille O'Neal and author of Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go.
fulfill your dreams. After raising her four children, O'Neal went back to college
and earned bachelor's and master's degrees.
Zunino (Class of 2004), assistant administrator of the Lowell Historic Board,
and Academy Award-winning comedian/actor Steven Wright (Class of 1975).
As he took the podium, Wright encouraged the graduates to "take risks," in
his trademark deadpan delivery.
their personal stories with their fellow graduates. Kirori, a former MCC
Student Trustee who was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, encouraged his
classmates to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way.
Hashem, originally from Lebanon, chronicled how she and her two sons
overcame their grief and eventually found success, following her husband's
tragic death on Sept. 11, 2001.
Lowell Memorial Auditorium to celebrate
Commencement exercises on May 26.