Tuesday, September 7, 2010 Thursday, May 26, 2011 Middlesex Community College 40th Convocation Celebration Bedford Campus Quad O n Tuesday, September 7, faculty and staff celebrated Convocation with a 40th anniversary celebration, looking forward to the future and back on the past. Forty years ago in September, Middlesex opened its doors for the first time to 570 students, who attended classes in two leased buildings on the grounds of the VA hospital in Bedford. President Carole Cowan began by sharing a thank-you letter she had received from an appreciative parent of a Middlesex graduate who praised the college for always going “above and beyond.” She also welcomed the many retirees and former employees in attendance, who helped Middlesex achieve so much, including 5th District congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who previously served as MCC Dean of External Affairs. With Student Trustee Moses Kirori serving as master of ceremonies, it was a day to recognize employees who have given 15, 20 and 25 years of service to the college. Several speakers, including MCC Trustees Chairman Bill Chemelli and MCC Foundation Chairman Jim Henderson, took time to laud President Cowan, who also is celebrating her 20th year as MCC President. She was presented with 20 red roses and a specially designed 40th anniversary china plate. Retired professors Ray Shea and Sandi Albertson-Shea dug into a treasure chest of memories to produce mementos of the college’s 40-year legacy, ranging from the hilarious to the heartwarming. They had great stories of the early days at the “NOT ready for prime time campus” at the VA and about the serious “multitasking” handled by a group of young and enthusiastic faculty and staff who were determined to build a college. The presentation included a stirring synopsis of MCC’s many leadership roles in education. “All in all, it has been an amazing journey – a lot of learning took place, and a college was born,” concluded Ray Shea. 114