FARMINGTON – Tunxis Community College held its 51st commencement Wednesday on campus in Farmington.
“With every Tunxis graduation ceremony we honor our graduates and often reflect on the progress our campus community has made over the last academic year while at the same time we look ahead to the future,” said Dr. Darryl Reome, Tunxis Community College Campus CEO. “For many of our graduates today marks the end of your educational journey and an exciting transition to a new and promising career or life venture. For others your educational story is just getting started with experiences ahead that include unique and challenging academic opportunities to explore. Tunxis takes great pride in the fact that our graduates contribute positively to our ever-changing world and the class of 2022 is certainly no different.”
According to Reome this year’s graduating class is made up of a diverse group of 472 well-rounded and highly motivated students representing different countries, backgrounds, cultures and languages.
“This year’s graduates range in age from 19 to 61. Fourteen members of the class of 2022 are veterans and 71% of these graduates are of nontraditional age (22 years of age and older),” he said.
Many of those participating in the commencement received multiple credentials.
“In total we are awarding approximately 607 Associate Degrees and certificates. Many of the students that we’re honoring today will continue their studies or enter the workforce in various fields including healthcare, art, business, law enforcement, manufacturing, education, technology and science,” Reome said. “After today you each will take a different path and create your own story one that will likely contribute to the economic prosperity of the state our local community or beyond. Whatever direction you decide to take this is an exciting time of promise and change.”
Reome hopes that during these students’ time at Tunxis they’ve gained the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary to achieve the goals they’ve set at the onset of their time there.
“I am confident that the changes that you have been a part of and the success stories that we are celebrating today will serve you well, allow you to be adaptable, embrace a constantly evolving landscape and continue to flourish,” he said. “As we look ahead I encourage you all to be influential.”
Valedictorian Aidan J. Reynolds was honored to achieve that title.
“I am deeply honored to be the Valedictorian of the Tunxis Class of 2022,” expressed Aidan J. Reynolds.
“These past two years have been two of the best I’ve ever experienced,” Reynolds said. “I’ve taken advantage of many of Tunxis’ opportunities, including courses, clubs, scholarships and connections. My deepest thanks go to my family, friends and the Tunxis staff, faculty and students I’ve had the privilege to befriend. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my time here at Tunxis it is that hope is never truly lost. No matter who you are each and every one of us has the potential to grow and achieve – whether it’s to become an exceptional student, find a fulfilling career or just simply feel happy and whole. And as my professor, Dr. Peters, always says, ‘shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you’re among the stars.’ Thank you, best of luck and congratulations to the Class of 2022.”