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Len and Cherylann Gengel
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The largest graduating class in Middlesex history 1,325 graduates their families
and friends, along with faculty and staff packed Lowell Memorial Auditorium in
May for Commencement exercises.
The Class of 2013 was addressed by Len and Cherylann Gengel, founders of
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.
Shortly after the devastating earthquake took Britney's life, the Gengels
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.
Two members of the Class of 2013, Edson Novinyo of Lowell and Rebecca Rose
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
aeronautical engineering.
While at Middlesex, Rose was a member of the Women's Leadership Network,
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
gender studies.
Katelynn Adams (Class of 2007), Program Coordinator at Girls Inc.
of Greater Lowell, was presented the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Cherylann & Len Gengel addressed the
Class of 2013.
Katelynn Adams ('07) was presented the 2013
Distinguished Alumni Award by Dennis Malvers,
Dean of College Advancement.
Student speakers Rebecca Rose and Edson
Novinyo flank President Carole Cowan.