May 20, 2019 Grantley Adams

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WINSTED, CT – May 20, 2019 – Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s 53rd Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Warner Theatre, 68 Main Street, Torrington, CT. The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm, with President Michael Rooke, Ph.D., presiding.

The Commencement Address will be delivered by Kevin Noblet, who lives in Barkhamsted, CT, and spent more than 40 years in journalism. A native of Stamford, he started writing for newspapers in Connecticut and eventually joined the staff of The Associated Press (AP), where he worked as a reporter and editor for 27 years. As an overseas correspondent he covered news from Latin America and the Caribbean for a decade, then came back to AP’s New York headquarters to help direct all of its international news coverage. AP won two Pulitzer prizes for stories from overseas during that period. He later ran global business and financial news for the AP, and wrapped up his professional career with seven years at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal.

He is a graduate of Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He taught international reporting as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and also was Scripps-Howard Visiting Professional at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He now teaches a news literacy course here at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, helping students apply critical thinking skills to consumption of news in the digital age.

For more information about Commencement, please go to the college’s website:, or call (860) 738-6300.


About Northwestern Connecticut Community College

Northwestern Connecticut Community College was founded in 1965 by a committee of local residents and came under the jurisdiction of the State of Connecticut later that year, becoming one of twelve colleges in the newly formed State of Connecticut Regional Community College System governed by a Board of Trustees. In 2011, that system was merged with the Connecticut State University System to form one organization, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), now governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Northwestern continues to take pride in offering excellence in teaching, promoting life-long learning, as well as high quality student services, state-of-the-art technology, and cultural activities for both the students and community. NCCC serves residents in the Northwest Corner and throughout the region. Northwestern Connecticut Community College is accredited by The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).