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57th Commencement

Fifty-Seventh Commencement

KCC Class of 2022

Oldest Graduate

Adrienne Garvey

Adrienne Garvey, 66, of  Rockaway Park, Queens, worked full-time and took KCC FLEX classes during the peak of the pandemic to earn her associate degree in liberal arts with a 3.73 GPA. Adrienne plans to take a short break before continuing her educational goals at Brooklyn College. She thanks Katherine Perea, sociologist professor, who was “instrumental to me in continuing classes at Kingsborough.”

Youngest Graduate

Keelyany Gonzalez

At 16, Keelyany Gonzalez is the youngest graduate of KCC’s Class of 2022. A student from Kingsborough Early College Secondary School. Keelyany received her associate degree in liberal arts and will be attending New York City College of Technology (City Tech) in the fall, where she will major in computer engineering. Keelyany is still deciding on her career goal, stating “For a great while I’ve been very indecisive about where I wanted to be in a few years from now, but I can definitely picture myself in the technical field. I would like to have an experience working for a company like Microsoft or Google.”

Guy Charles and his daughter, Karrine, 4, are graduates of Kingsborough Community College and KCC Child Development Center.Guy Charles and his daughter, Karrine, 4

Father Graduates from Kingsborough Community College & Daughter Graduates from KCC Pre-School

This June is a proud month in the Sheepshead Bay home of the Charles family. Guy Charles, 34, is graduating from Kingsborough Community College (KCC), with his associate degree in computer information systems and his 4-year-old daughter, Karrine Charles, graduated from KCC’s Child Development Center to pre-kindergarten.
Guy, who has a son turning 2 in September and the support of his wife, Kerside, an RN, said he’s proud to do so, although he had some apprehension at the start in 2019. A lot of thoughts ran across his mind. “It was COVID, and I had lost my job. I was receiving unemployment; I needed a new computer; and I had my first child and another on the way. Was it a good choice to try to get this degree right now with all that’s happening in the world and here in New York?” he asked himself.
Indeed, it was. “I got the first step done, and the next step is to come. I’m looking to drop some resumes and see what happens,” said Guy, who is currently working as a youth counselor but wants to get back into the computer information field.
A native of Haiti, Guy came to the United States in 2016. He had received an associate degree in information technology at the University of St. Gerard (USG) in Haiti. Considered a transfer student, Kingsborough accepted some course credits from USG. “I did want to attend a four-year college, but I’m from the Caribbean, and I love the sea. When I came to Kingsborough, I felt like I was home. It was not a bad choice at all. Kingsborough helped me in so many ways,” Guy said. “And my daughter, who was 2 at the time and was going to the children's center, was doing a lot of things (studies) that other children of the same age were not doing because she was actually in school. She now corrects me when I mispronounce certain words.” Still weighing his options, Guy hasn’t decided which four-year college he will transfer to. However, he has decided that he will stay at CUNY. “The CUNY system is the best.”



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