WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (May 14, 2019) – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that, Maxwell Sherman Morrongiello of Franklin, MA, will deliver the student commencement address to his fellow classmates and guests at the College’s 57th commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Morrongiello will graduate with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology and Sociology and plans to attend Bridgewater State University in fall 2019 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Economics or Political Science.
Morrongiello is honored to be delivering the student commencement address, explaining, "I've come a along way since struggling to fit in as child at high school and coping with anxiety as a young adult. Many of my fellow graduates have also had a wide varety of challenges they have had to overcome in order to get here. MassBay has been dedicated to helping its students overcome these obstacles to succeed, whether it is due to food insecurity, a disability, or financial hardship. I will be focusing my address on our shared jouney as we celebrate our accomplishments together.”
During his time at MassBay, Morrongiello participated in the Student Government Association (SGA) and served as Parliamentarian, Legislation Committee Chair, and founded and chaired the SGA Summer Committee, ensuring SGA had an on-campus presence during summer classes. Morrongiello served on the Time and Space Committee working to bring Common Hour to the College, a one-hour break during the Monday and Wednesday class schedule that allows time for students to join clubs, activities, or have more study time. He served on the Student Nourishment and Care Committee (SNACC) to help fight student hunger on campus, even participating in an interview with WGBH and PBS NewsHour about our frozen meal collaboration with Boston-based organization, Food For Free. Morrongiello also led an initiative with the SGA and the Provost’s Office to recognize the achievements of part-time students to include them on the Dean’s List, which passed faculty governance.
Morrongiello is also an elected member of the Franklin Democratic Town Committee and serves as the webmaster. He was an intern with State Representative, Jeffrey Roy, of Franklin. He has volunteered his time as a speaker with the Department of Mental Health’s Community Conversation Initiative to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. Morrongiello presented to the Worcester Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Training about his own road to mental health to help officers better understand the issue first-hand. “I have spent a lot of time focused on my own recovery with anxiety, while also trying to educate others to demystify mental illness. I find the more you talk about mental illness the more that stigma breaks down.”