Len and Cherylann Gengel
and friends, along with faculty and staff packed Lowell Memorial Auditorium in
May for Commencement exercises.
the Be Like Brit Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in memory
of their daughter Britney, who died in the 2010 Haitian earthquake. In their
commencement address, Len Gengel spoke of Britney's "journey of hope" to
work with Haitian orphans.
established the Be Like Brit Foundation. "Everybody gets knocked down,"
said Len, "it's how you pick yourself up that defines you as a human being."
The Gengels have continued their daughter's work by establishing a safe,
nurturing, earthquake-proof orphanage, shaped like a "B" in honor of Britney,
in Grand Goave, Haiti.
of Woburn, addressed their classmates during the ceremony. After overcoming
many obstacles in his home country of Ghana, Novinyo came to the U.S. in
2010. During his time at MCC, Novinyo flourished. He graduated with an
associate degree in Engineering Science and plans to continue his education in
the Commonwealth Honors Program, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
In the summer of 2012, she participated in the Ireland International Education
Fellowship program. As a result of her work with students in Belfast, Rose
realized her passion to be a teacher. After graduating with an associate degree
in Liberal Arts and Sciences, she plans to continue her education at Mount
Holyoke College, majoring in English, and minoring in women and
of Greater Lowell, was presented the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.