Utica, N.Y. - What a sight throughout MVCC's Utica campus on Friday as students and their proud parents took some graduation pictures outside in the quad area, as well as inside, across the very stage where they would have received their diplomas, as the actual graduation ceremony this year was once again virtual due to COVID.
One parent there taking pictures on Friday was Denise Mazza of Holland Patent who was celebrating her daughter's graduation from MVCC before that daughter has even graduated high school.
Jenna Mazza took enough classes at MVCC during her junior and senior years at Holland Patent High School to be able to graduate with an Associate's Degree in General Studies from MVCC on Friday.
Mom, Denise Mazza, says she couldn't be more proud of her daughter, "I watched her do it. She’s a driven girl, she’s known since 6th grade what she’s wanted to do."
Jenna wants to be an attorney and in the fall she will study political science at Lemoyne College in Syracuse where she will enter that school as a junior, before hopefully going on to law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in two years time.
Jenna says she worked hard to get to this day and bypass two years of college, "I had to go after school to do classes and it’s been a long journey. Now I just have to graduate high school."
Jenna Mazza graduates with the rest of her class from Holland Patent High School on June 18th.
On hand that day in June will be Holland Patent High School Principal Russell Stevener and Holland Patent Central School District Superintendent Jason Evangelist, just as they were on hand at MVCC on Friday to watch Jenna take that ceremonious walk across the stage to take pictures.
Stevener says Jenna sets a perfect example for other young people to strive to be able to do whatever they want to do, "We're actually going to be having Jenna meet with our committee to get more students to take advantage of this."
Evangelist says this was truly a team effort to get Jenna to where she is today but says Jenna deserves all of the credit, "Very proud of her, very proud of the work ethic and time and dedication that she’s put towards it and certainly thankful for her family for the support they have given and our faculty and staff for what they’ve done for Jenna at her time at Holland Patent."