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The Telegram
  • ‘Knock till your knuckles bleed,’ MVCC grads told

  • It was a day of accomplishments, and stories about how with hard work those accomplishments can lead to dreams coming true.

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  • It was a day of accomplishments, and stories about how with hard work those accomplishments can lead to dreams coming true.
    Mohawk Valley Community College graduates, family members and friends filled the Utica Memorial Auditorium for the college’s 65th spring commencement Friday.
    More than 400 students walked across the stage to receive their degrees and certificates.
    Comic book historian and executive producer of the Batman movie series, Michael Uslan, delivered the keynote address and told the graduates how hard he worked to bring Batman to the big screen.
    He also told them he learned that the only way to achieve your dream is to find a passion, get up off the couch and start knocking on doors.
    “Knock on doors, knock till your knuckles bleed,” he said. “And you will get doors slammed in your face but keep knocking.”
    Gregory Evans, a 1979 graduate, was the 2013 Alumnus of Merit Award winner. Evans, who is the president of Indium Corporation, told the students that graduating from the school helped set him on the path to success.
    “My path from high school to MVCC was not a straight one,” he said. “I made some poor choices … since then my path has been sure and in my view, enriched.”
    Evans urged the students to stay connected to their alma mater and give back to improve the experience for future students.
    “The one piece of advice I would give you is to maintain your relationship with MVCC,” he said. “You have a lot to gain and a lot to give.”
    As he walked up to the stage to receive his machinist technology certificate, Michael Worden, 20, said he planned to look for a job in the Mohawk Valley.
    “This is where I’m from, this is where I grew up,” he said.
    Saingny Ung, 22, received her nursing degree and said she already had received a job offer with a local health care company.
    “I feel like I actually accomplished something for the first time in my life,” she said.
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