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16 May 2015

HACC Celebrates Graduates in Commencement Ceremony

Ceremony included surprise marriage proposal from HACC graduate

HARRISBURG, Pa. – More than 500 students walked across the stage to receive their associate degrees, certificates or diplomas during HACC’s Commencement held May 16, 2015, at the Giant Center in Hershey. They were among the more than 900 students who completed their associate degrees, certificates or diplomas during the spring 2015 term.
Among the graduates were:

  • Lisa Newcomer of Mechanicsburg overcame many obstacles including family deaths, homelessness and abuse to achieve her dream of earning an associate degree in social services. Newcomer gave a daughter up for adoption seven years ago and met her for the first time at Commencement.
  • Santos Robles of Lebanon received his associate’s degree in psychology. Robles made HACC Commencement ceremony history when he proposed to his girlfriend in front of hundreds of people during the ceremony.
  • Photos of graduates from each of the campuses are available.

HACC also honored Cesare “Che” Puglisi of Marietta with a posthumous degree. Puglisi, who passed away in a car accident in January 2015, was a student in HACC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. His sister, Maria Puglisi, accepted the degree on behalf of her brother.
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