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MassBay Graduate Selected to Deliver the Student Commencement Address

Monday, May 23, 2022


Liz Cooper


Naomi Adamsky MassBay Community College student, Naomi Adamsky, at her home, May 2022 (Photo: Naomi Adamsky).

WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (May 23, 2022) — MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that general studies student, Naomi Adamsky of Newton, MA, has been selected to deliver the student commencement address at MassBay’s 60th Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 26, 2022, on the Wellesley Hills campus. 

After graduating from Newton North High School in 2017, Adamsky began taking classes at MassBay. She was unsure of which program, or career, she wanted to pursue, and felt as if she simply was going through the expected, post-high school motions of going to college. She stepped away from MassBay to work full-time and take time to determine what she truly wanted for her future. Naomi eventually decided to finish what she started and enthusiastically resumed her college career. “When I first began at MassBay, I felt as if I was going to college only because that was what I was ‘supposed’ to do, but quickly learned that I wasn’t truly happy. I thought I had failed, but after returning to college and enjoying my classes the second time around, I ultimately walked away stronger and more aware of where I wanted to go in life. Taking that time away to discover what I really wanted to do was life-changing.”

When Adamsky addresses her fellow graduates and the MassBay community at Commencement, her speech will focus on “the times in our lives when we feel we may have failed and how much it hurts us to fail, it’s part of life, and how we learn and grow from these challenges help shape us and our futures.” She hopes the “graduates look at their journeys and reflect on how much they have learned and gained from their own experiences. Personally, I was sad when I left MassBay. Now, thinking back to that time, I’m so proud of the moment when I decided for myself what was best for me, and I was able to finally move forward. I hope others also will see any obstacles on their paths as stepping stones that will help them learn and grow to become a more resilient person.”

Adamsky has been on the Dean’s List every semester she has been at MassBay and currently, holds a 3.9 GPA, and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Adamsky will earn her Associate in Science in general studies and will transfer to Simmons University in Boston, MA to pursue her bachelor’s degree in information technology.

“I’m not sure of exactly what drew me to apply to speak at commencement. I just felt I had something to share that would resonate with other students. Failing may sound like a negative, but I hope I can prove to people that sometimes it’s the most powerful lesson to help you succeed. I am excited and honored to be delivering the student commencement address.”

MassBay Community College is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest Boston, offering a robust portfolio of courses and more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening, and weekend classes in Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley Hills, and online. MassBay students receive an unmatched educational value by earning stackable credits that transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, and workforce-ready skills necessary to advance careers in high-demand fields such as health and life sciences, automotive technology, engineering, business, cybersecurity, and the humanities. MassBay’s Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs were both ranked as the #1 Nursing Program in Massachusetts in 2020-2021 by national nursing advocacy organizations, and Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and remains firmly committed to its mission of meeting the needs of the diverse local communities it serves. We value the intrinsic worth of all individuals, collectively in pursuit of inclusiveness and prioritize our work towards achieving equity within our community and beyond.


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