SOUTHINGTON - Lin-coln College of New England valedictorian Nicholas Theroux is pursuing a career in mortuary science, hoping to help people through times of grief that everyone will experience at some point.
In addition to receiving a 4.0 grade point average, Theroux also participates in the mortuary club on campus, which he says brings in guest speakers and sends students to the National Funeral Directors Association Convention.
“Mortuary science is important,” said Theroux. “Some people think that morticians are just money hungry thugs out to make you pay for funerals, but we provide an important service to people. We help them to get closure and it is much tougher if you are going through grief alone than if you have someone helping to walk you through it.”
Theroux said the teachers at Lincoln College of New England have been “really great” and “very dedicated to helping their students.” He said he will miss hearing their stories. He also said that he always wanted to do well for himself.
“I liked the idea of being the valedictorian, seeing As on my assignments and having a 4.0 grade point average,” said Theroux. “It makes you feel good about yourself and makes your family proud. It’s not hard to do it as long as you put effort in. Some students don’t put as much effort in as they should but I decided that if I’m going to be paying money for school I want to do as good as I can.”
Theroux added that he “couldn’t have done it” without the help of his family, especially his grandfather, and his girlfriend.
After Friday’s commencement, Theroux will pursue a bachelor’s program in Funeral Service Management. He is interviewing this week for a job at a funeral home.
“I know that Nick is an extraordinarily hard worker,” said Christopher DiStiso, academic dean at Lincoln College. “The college is so proud of him and his accomplishments. He is the epitome of our successful students.”
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