2017 Student Commencement Speakers

Student Speaker Maria Aybar  Maria Aybar 

A native of Dominican Republic, Aybar is graduating with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, with a History, Politics & Global Studies Concentration, with Highest Honors and a 3.98 GPA. 

While at Middlesex, Aybar has taken numerous Commonwealth Honors courses, and has been very active in extra-curricular activities. She was selected for the Paul Sullivan Institute “Leadership in Action” course, and served as vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, and president of Latinos Unidos. She has also interned with Lowell’s Coalition for a Better Acre, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, the Latino Association of Lowell, Public Matters, Lowell’s mayor’s office, and the office of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. 

Aybar plans to transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and Latin American studies. Eventually, she would like to go to law school and become an immigration lawyer, then work for the United Nations. 
 Student Speaker Zeina El Jenaynati Zeina El Jenaynati 

A nontraditional student, El Jenaynati was born in Lebanon and is the mother of three children. She is graduating with an Associate in Science degree in Nursing, with Highest Honors and a 3.93 GPA. 

El Jenaynati has worked on campus as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader, mentor and peer tutor for science and nursing courses, and was named 2015 SI Leader of the Year. In 2014, she initiated a book drive to benefit long-term care patients without access to a library at the VA Hospital in Bedford. 

Active in Phi Theta Kappa honor society, El Jenaynati is also a member of the National Student Nurses’ Association. She will soon have a nursing-reflection article published in the journal, Nursing2017. 
In the fall, El Jenaynati plans to transfer to Rivier University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. 
Last Modified: 5/23/17