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MCC Alum Evan ReesEvan Rees

Hometown: Lexington, Mass.

Graduated from MCC: 2015

Program: Liberal Studies - Life Sciences

While on campus: Commonwealth Honors Program, PTK Inductee, Community Garden Manager


 "By navigating MCC, I figured out that I could be successful in academics – and that college was a feasible path to continue on."

Evan Rees has grown from being a two-time high-school dropout to pursuing a doctorate in plant science at Cornell University. And it all started at Middlesex Community College.

At age 18, Rees dropped out of high school for the second time and earned his GED. Today, the Lexington native is enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Cornell, studying plant breeding and genetics in the School of Integrative Plant Science.

As a teen, Rees worked in restaurants and at a local garden center. A dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K., he headed to London for a few years, and then spent time in San Francisco working in a farm-to-table restaurant. When his father died in 2013, 22-year-old Rees returned to Massachusetts to be closer to his family. His mother, who works at another local community college, guided him toward MCC.  Read the full article. 


MCC Alum Evan Reese





Last Modified: 4/29/19