SOUTHINGTON - FBI agent Rhonda M. Glover will give the keynote address at Lincoln College of New England’s 50th annual commencement on May 12.
The commencement will take place at 6 p.m. at the campus at 2279 Mount Vernon Road. Some 150 graduates will receive their degrees and certificates during the 90-minute ceremony. In the event of rain, the commencement will be held at Southington High School at 720 Pleasant St.
“It’s very exciting to celebrate our 50th commencement,” said Denise Lewicki Wiseman, president of the college. “Last September we celebrated our 50th anniversary with alumni, some of the founders, people who used to work here, current students and faculty and town leaders. Rhonda was recommended to us by a friend in the community and I think that she will really speak to many of our students here who are studying criminal justice. We are all very excited to have her here. We are also so proud of our graduates, many of whom put in a lot of time doing community service, working to pay for college and taking care of their kids. They juggle a lot of things so graduation is a huge accomplishment.”
Glover, who currently lives in Washington, D.C., was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She subsequently received a Master’s of Science degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
She began her career with the FBI in August 1984 assigned to FBI Headquarters in the Technical Services Division. In September 1988, she became a Special Agent. She was assigned to the Newark Field Division investigating drug violations. While in the Newark Division, she was a member of its inaugural Evidence Response Team and worked major investigations such as TWA Flight 800 and the Unabomber.
Glover has worked as a Supervisory Special Agent assigned to FBI Headquarters; she has worked in the Criminal Investigative Division; she was also an assistant Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Field Office. Most recently she has been working in the Human Resources Division.
She is also a life member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where she serves on the Human and Civil Rights Committee. Other membership organizations include being a Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a Life member of the NAACP. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Women of Achievement Award.
Lewicki Wisemen said Lincoln College, known as Briarwood College until 2009, currently has 500 students. Its most popular programs include criminal justice, dental hygiene and mortuary science. Lincoln College is the only college with a mortuary science program in the state. Recently, it has added Bachelors in Nursing program.
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