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Profiles
Lucille O'Neal (Shaq's Mom)
Tells Grads It's Never Too Late
Commencement exercises for the Class of 2011 were held May 26 in Lowell
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.
O'Neal stressed that by maintaining a "can do" attitude, it's never too late to
fulfill your dreams. After raising her four children, O'Neal went back to college
and earned bachelor's and master's degrees.
Joining O'Neal on stage were Distinguished Alumni Award-winners Kim
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.
Student speakers Rita Hashem of Tewksbury and Moses Kirori of Lowell shared
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.
Kathy Register
Commencement
2011
Class of 2011
by the
Numbers
1075
Total number of graduates
42
Countries of
International-Student Grads
218
Younger than
22 years old
189
Older than
39 years old
393
graduates from top three hometowns:
Lowell, Billerica and Dracut
Most Popular
Programs of Study
161
Liberal Studies
98
Business Administration Transfer
77
Liberal Arts & Sciences
74
Nursing
62
Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
659
Female grads
416
Male grads
Family and friends of the Class of 2011 filled
Lowell Memorial Auditorium to celebrate
Commencement exercises on May 26.
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