GCC celebrates 10,000th graduate

July 7, 2009

LEEDS — When Faranak Seihoun walked across the stage Friday afternoon during Greenfield Community College’s Practical Nursing Certificate graduation, college President Robert Pura didn’t just shake her hand, give her the certificate, and continue to the next graduate.

Pura stopped the proceedings and announced that Seihoun is the 10,000th student to graduate from GCC.

Since GCC was founded in 1962, and its first class graduated in 1964, 9,999 other GCC students have completed the requirements for an associate’s degree or certificate program.

In recognition of Seihoun’s special status as the 10,000th graduate, GCC Alumni Association President Regina Curtis presented her with a lifetime membership in the GCC Alumni Association, a GCC T-shirt and a bag of GCC gifts. Additionally, Seihoun’s 25 Practical Nursing Certificate classmates will receive a one-year membership in the Alumni Association.

(Originally published in The Recorder 6/27/2009)