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Leading Off

DATE: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

English professor Lisa Mahon is the 2019 recipient of the Marieb Chair for Teaching Excellence award.

HCC English professor Lisa Mahon, center, with her husband and daughter, after receiving the Marieb Chair for Teaching Excellence Award at HCC May 22.

Lisa Mahon of Easthampton, HCC professor of English and recipient of the 2019 Elaine Marieb Faculty Chair for Teaching Excellence, will lead the procession of graduates and give the keynote address to the class of 2019 at the 72nd  Commencement of Holyoke Community College, Sat., June 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

History major Armanis Fuente '19 of Holyoke/Springfield and Tiffany Cavanagaugh '19 of West Springfield have been selected as student orators. Alumnus and U.S. Army private Jonathan Mendez '15, '17 will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" and "I Was Here."  Psychology major and Student Senate treasurer Natilie Besner '19 of East Longmeadow will present the class gift.  

The college will confer a Distinguished Service Award to Lucy Perez ' 87 of East Longmeadow, a member of the HCC Board of Trustees and one of the founders of the college's academic English as a Second Language program.  

Mahon teaches English and writing and is also coordinator of the college's Service Learning Program. The Marieb Award, endowed by the late HCC professor emeritus Elaine Marieb '80, recognizes a full-time member of the faculty for outstanding classroom teaching. Award recipients serve for one year and receive a small stipend for professional development, lead the procession at Commencement, and also give the keynote graduation speech HCC will stream the Commencement ceremony live over the Internet.

The live stream will be available here.  

Associate degrees and certificates will be conferred to approximately 900 graduates.

PHOTO by CHRIS YURKO: HCC English professor Lisa Mahon, center, with her husband and daughter, after receiving the Marieb Chair for Teaching Excellence Award at HCC May 22. 



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