2018 Recognition of Academic Achievement Awards


Bristol Community College is pleased to announce the 2018 Recognition of Academic Achievement Awards.  

Honorary Degree

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has granted Bristol Community College the right to award honorary associate degrees in humane letters. The college awards these degrees to individuals who illustrate, through a career of intellect and service, the best of Bristol Community College’s vision — to change the world, learner by learner.

2018 Honorary Degree in Humane Letters recipient is:

Dwight E. Giles, Jr. Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Distinguished Citizen Award

The Distinguished Citizen Award is presented annually to an outstanding local citizen whose character and achievements have enriched the life of the community, or to an individual who has made distinguished contributions in the fields of health, education, business, industry, labor, government or the arts.

2018 Distinguished Citizen Award is presented to:

Helena DaSilva Hughes, Executive Director of the Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc.  

Special Faculty Recognition

This award recognizes retired members of the faculty chosen by their peers for excellence in teaching and community service.

2018 Professors Emeriti are:

Virginia Winstanley, Professor Emerita of History and Social Science 
Jeanne Grandchamp, Professor Emerita of English  

The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture is a faculty honor created by the BCC Student Senate. The award honors one exemplary faculty member who has affected students’ education and their lives in significant ways.

2018 The Last Lecture is: 

Katie Lefebvre-Ruggieri, Ph.D., professor of Biology and Biotechnology, Chair of the Natural Sciences Department and the Program Coordinator of Life Sciences: Biotechnology and Forensic DNA.


Students graduating summa cum laude are invited to apply for the honor of giving the Valedictory Address. From the finalists, two students are selected to represent their classmates based on their academic excellence and College and community achievements. They lead the Student Processional.

2018 Valedictory address will be delivered by: 

Keri L. Branquinho 

2018 Salutatorian is:

Scott C. Lyndon