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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Gateway Community College graduation is May 27

NEW HAVEN - State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier will give the keynote address at Gateway Community College’s 18th commencement on May 27.
A record number of GCC students — more than 650 — are expected to graduate at the event that will begin at 6 p.m. at Woolsey Hall at Yale University, 500 College St., GCC said in a statement.

Nappier, shown, is the first African-American woman elected to serve as a state treasurer in the United States and the first African-American woman elected to a statewide office in Connecticut.

Elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 and 2006, Nappier also is the only woman to be elected treasurer in Connecticut history.

GCC’s commencement event also will honor former state Rep. William Dyson, also shown, with a Board of Trustees Merit Award from the Connecticut Community-Technical College System.

The award recognizes extraordinary service or lifetime commitment to GCC and the state’s community-technical college system, the statement said.

A retired New Haven teacher, Dyson was first elected in 1976 to serve the Connecticut General Assembly as the representative for the 94th District, which includes a section of New Haven.

He has a long history as a supporter of GCC, including support for its new campus and nursing program, the statement said.

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