2014-07-04 / School News

Graduation Day For Learning Lab Class

By Dan Guarino


Presenting the very first graduating class of the RDRC and TWC Computer Learning Lab graduation. Photos by Dan Guarino Presenting the very first graduating class of the RDRC and TWC Computer Learning Lab graduation. Photos by Dan Guarino “I ask you, ‘Who can stop you?” keynote speaker Michael Deer asked the crowd of 60 blue gowned graduates at the commencement for the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation and Time Warner Cable Computer Learning Lab in Far Rockaway.

The Lab, created through an RDRC and TWC partnership, opened in November, 2013, to provide training and access to digital online resources, communications and opportunities.

The lab is located at RDRC’s offices at 1920 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway. The Friday, June 20, ceremony was to celebrate the lab’s first graduating class.

Deer, addressing the class made up of determined seniors, said, “You are making a noble statement from where you are right now.” “You are in company with all the people who are out to change the world.”


“You and only you will be remembered as the very first graduating class!” announced key note speaker Michael Deer. “You and only you will be remembered as the very first graduating class!” announced key note speaker Michael Deer. Among the speakers at the event, held at the Peninsula Prepatory Academy, were Deer, RDRC President Kevin Alexander, Councilman Donovan Richards and Congressman Gregory Meeks.

As Richards said, “You are teaching us, teaching us that we should not stop learning.” “You are an inspiration not only to your families, but you are an inspiration to your community,” Meeks noted. “I take my hat off to you.” The event also included both a dance tribute and a musical tribute to the graduates.

Awards as well as diplomas were presented and each class was represented by a student leader. Applause were loud and heartfelt for the enthusiastic grads. Of their accomplishment in being the very first to graduate from this program, the student speakers had a number of things to say.


“This has brought me together with people from all walks of life,” class leader Owaldo Bajana noted. “This has brought me together with people from all walks of life,” class leader Owaldo Bajana noted. “My experience has been exciting,” noted Oswaldo Bajana. “It has taught me to stretch beyond my capacities.” As Earlene Glenn put it, “I have learned that I am still learning. “And,” she added, “I have learned that you can Google anything!”

Graduate Andrea Fisher summed it up saying, “The sky has no limit!”



“I have learned and I am still learning,” said Earlene Glenn. “I have learned and I am still learning,” said Earlene Glenn.

“The sky had no limits,” graduate Andrea Fisher advised. “The sky had no limits,” graduate Andrea Fisher advised.

Class leader Minerva R. Rodriguez takes the stage. Class leader Minerva R. Rodriguez takes the stage.

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