MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that General Studies student, Abraham Guerrero, has been selected as MassBay’s representative for the Department of Higher Educations “29 Who Shine” award.
In May 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education launched “29 Who Shine,” a commencement season awards program to recognize 29 outstanding student graduates from the Commonwealth’s public higher education system. Each honoree from a community college, state university or University of Massachusetts campus is nominated by a faculty or staff member, or by a university awards committee.
“I congratulate Abraham and all 29 of the 2016 award recipients and thank them for their substantial contributions to their campuses and local communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Each of the 29 Who Shine honorees represent our future citizenry and workforce and have already made a positive impact on the Commonwealth.”
“Abraham is a shining example of a student who has made good on the taxpayer’s investment in his education,” said Commissioner of the Department of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago. “The outstanding students on this year’s list of 29 Who Shine honorees have come from many countries, overcome many obstacles. I am so proud of what they have achieved and look forward to seeing how they continue to put their talents to work on behalf of us all.”
Abraham currently works for a local middle school’s afterschool program for the Natick Public Schools. He serves as both a deacon and assistant director for teens and young adults for his local church, and also assists in the programming for his congregation’s bible school. Abraham is originally from Latin America and moved to the U.S. when he was 7 years old. He and his wife are foster parents to a baby boy, who they are looking to adopt, and they also care for a disabled grandmother. Abraham will be continuing his education studying Economics at Boston University after commencement later this month. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and he often reaches out to peers with practical advice and everyday support. Abraham and his wife are residents of Southborough.