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Hats Off to Grads

Hats Off to Grads

Each year, Liberty Bank Foundation provides scholarships for students graduating from adult education programs and community colleges in our market area. Pictured above are East Hartford Adult Ed grads who are continuing their education thanks, in part, to financial assistance from the foundation. Congratulations to Tony Jackson, Marcquis Hightower and Keion Wilson.

Middlesex Community College held its 52nd annual commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30, with 419 students receiving 456 degrees and certificates. Recipients of Liberty Bank scholarships were: Tamika Browne, John Guillamon, Gary Lambert, Thomas Lopkin, and Quenisha Williams.

Liberty Bank Branch Manager Ornet Hines attended the Norwich Regional Adult Ed graduation ceremony, presented scholarships and spoke from the heart. “There is something a little more special when you graduate from adult education,” she says. “For so many it’s that second chance. It’s that ‘told you so’ to society at large and it’s a realization that ‘I did this.’” She adds, “The stories moved me to tears and I felt compelled to share with them that I was where they were at one point in my life. The path is not always straight and it is okay that it’s not. I needed them to know that.”

Norwich Adult Education Director Jody Lefkowitz thanked Ornet for her kind words. “Our graduates are so fortunate to have this support as they take next steps in their lives. Also, thank you beyond words for your words. Your message was so moving and inspiring,” she said.