Graduate Marcella Perez with her family at Triton College's 51st Annual Commencement Ceremony, May 20

Congratulations to the Triton College Class of 2017

The 51st Annual Triton College Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, celebrated the hard work and accomplishments of Triton’s class of 2017. More than 400 members of the graduating class participated in the festive event, which was held at the Rosemont Theatre.

During her remarks, Triton President Mary-Rita Moore commended graduates for the sacrifices and commitment they displayed as they pursued their educational goals.

“Graduates, as you go on to pursue other endeavors with your Triton education, please know that you will always have a home at Triton College,” she said. “You are part of our community. You are not only part of the legacy of students who have come before you, but you are also the role models to students who will follow in your footsteps.”

The Triton College Board of Trustee’s newly elected student representative Dafne Henriquez delivered the student reflection.

Triton has opened my eyes to the endless choices I can make, the vast opportunities that are just waiting for me.” Henriquez said. “But most importantly, they taught me to believe in myself.”

A touching video saluting the class of 2017 conjured up both tears and laughter from the graduates and the crowd. The video captured students reflecting on their journeys as Triton students, recalling their feelings on their first day of class, their favorite events and hardest classes.

All told, more than 1,300 Triton students received degrees or certificates this school year. Some will go on to study at four-year colleges or universities, while others look forward to entering – or re-entering – the workforce.

One of the graduates, Marcella Perez, earned an Associate of Arts degree in early childhood education. She will next pursue a bachelor’s degree in education, and plans to become a high school teacher.

At commencement, she decorated her mortarboard cap with words that read “It doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as you get there.”

“It was hard, but as long as you have the support and the right people in your life you can accomplish your goals,” Perez said.

Best wishes to all of the graduates as they embark on their next academic or professional adventure.

Click here to see photos from the ceremony.