GCC Commencement 2017: Student Headlines

Thursday, May 25, 2017

There’s No Clowning Around for This GCC Graduate

Salvatore Durso has done it all: He’s pursued music and acting, taken part in the circus as a trapeze artist, performed as a professional clown, and acted as a stunt man in Hollywood. Although Durso, who also goes by his stage name Drew Savage, was pursuing his passions quite successfully, education had taken a back seat. The nature of his career(s) involved a great deal of traveling, so Durso found himself working towards his associates degree one semester at a time. He began in 1994, when he enrolled at GCC (which was then located at the Long Wharf Campus) and this May, at the age of 85, he "finally accomplished this goal after stopping and starting so many times." [Read more]

Simultaneous Study at Two Community Colleges
Pays Off for Working Mom

GCC and Housatonic Community College (HCC) have a lot in common. They are sister institutions in the same state system of higher education, they offer excellent, affordable academic programs and will soon share a president when Dr. Paul Broadie II takes the helm at GCC on July 1 after Gateway’s President, Dr. Dorsey Kendrick, retires. This year, the two colleges also share a graduate, Vernay Snow. [Read more]

For One Student, GCC's DARC Program Is Stepping Stone Towards Healing, Activism

Ana Gopoian began college at the age of 42. She graduated in May and received her Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor certificate from the DARC (Drug and Alcohol Recovery) program at GCC. Gopoian identifies herself as a woman in long term recovery. For her that means she hasn’t used any drugs, including alcohol since July 13, 1995. To that end, she founded the nonprofit organization, TriCircle, Inc. [Read more]

Nursing Grad Sings the National Anthem

Nursing major Juan Carlos Reyes opened the college's 25th Commencement ceremonies at the Toyota Oakdale Theater by singing the National Anthem. Reyes is an outreach worker at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), where he was inspired to pursue a nursing career. He is the recipient of the Nurse’s Choice and the Peace Award for his compassion and dedication to his clients.  [Read more]

Gateway Student Given a Second Chance,
Determined to Succeed

Gateway Community College’s Workforce Alliance and Continuing Education (The GREAT Center) is committed to providing individuals with the skills they need to re-enter the workforce and establish themselves as professionals within their community. When Jaquam McCoy walked through The GREAT Center’s doors, his tenacity and strong work ethic made a lasting impression. Now a college graduate, his story serves as a strong example that you can overcome adversity and emerge victorious. [Read more]

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