By Alan Burke
---- — What: North Shore Community College 47th Commencement
When: Thursday, May 23, 6 p.m.
Where: The O’Keefe Center at Salem State University
No. of graduates: Approximately 1,000
Degrees awarded: Associate degrees and certificates
Special recognition: President Wayne Burton, who is retiring after 13 years, was named the college’s President Emeritus.
Memorable quote: “Dr. Burton has positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of NSCC students and made a tremendous contribution to workforce development and the economic vitality of the North Shore.” — Richard Yagjian, chairman of the board of trustees
Student speaker: Nicholas Lovasco, a Salem resident and 2010 graduate of Danvers High School: “The opportunities are always there, but you have to take action yourself and utilize them.”
Commencement speaker: Professor Emeritus John Nelson of Gloucester, retired after 31 years of teaching English at the college, and three-time chairman of the board of trustees: “I found a home at North Shore Community College. I found the spirit of a real community, colleagues who cared about students, and students who cared about learning.”
Best advice: “Read the local paper and find a project that you’re passionate about, then get involved.” — Nicholas Lovasco