THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Page 7 Cumberlands congratulates local graduates E veryone at University of the Cumberlands wishes heartfelt congratulations to all graduates in the Class of 2024! The following Everett residents received a degree in fall 2023 or spring 2023 or are set to complete their degree in summer 2024 (and were thus eligible to walk at Cumberlands’ commencement ceremonies): Nischit Bikram Shah, Milan Karki and Keyur Ashwinbhai Patel. “Graduates, today marks a signifi cant milestone in your lives,” said Dr. Larry L. Cockrum, university president, during commencement cerNORMAN | FROM PAGE 6 Norman notices that some students with anxiety issues want to sit beside him. Keeping it local, Norman’s father Paul was an OB-GYN at Ferry Street in Malden, not far from Everett High School. His son didn’t pursue that path, but he is certainly educated. Norman earned his Bachelor’s in American History from Connecticut College, a Master’s in Fine Arts from Boston University in Film Studies and a doctorate in fi lm from Concordia University. Norman is an award-winning fi lmmaker and he has worked in aviation, television, film and radio previously. An infl uence was Jack Kerouac, and he admits that he has a unique writing style. It’s his eighth book published. Norman said he had no idea whether he’d like teaching, but he loves it. He said the COVID-19 pandemic made him realize that he’d have to go back to work instead of retiring. “I hope people will read the book like it’s a moment in time many years from now,” Norman said. “Students were online for a year and a half, and the way that we learn is diff erent.” A billboard advertising Norman’s book will be displayed in June on Route 1 South in Saugus near Northeastern Fence. To purchase a copy of the book – published by BearManor Media – visit Barnes & Noble, Amazon or BarryRNorman.com. “‘Confessions of a Grateful Substitute Teacher’ is a testament to resilience, adaptability and the profound connections that can be forged in the unlikeliest of places. The author’s gratitude for this unexpected chapter in their career shines through, off ering readers an insightful and heartwarming perspective on the transformative power of education and human connection,” states BarryRNorman.com. emonies. “You have persevered through years of hard work and now stand here, ready to take on the world. I am honored to congratulate each and every one of you on your outstanding achievements.” The graduating class represented most U.S. states and many other areas. Among undergraduate students, two-thirds grew up in Appalachian areas, just over half competed in university athletics and the majority of graduates were involved in a combination of different music ensembles, campus ministries, clubs and campus organizations. The Class of 2024 performed 41,574 hours of community service. That equates to 5,197 8-hour workdays, or 1,040 40-hour work weeks. University of the Cumberlands is one of the largest and most aff ordable private universities in Kentucky. Located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction off ering quality undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and online degree programs. Learn more at ucumberlands.edu. Council on Aging to Host June Senior Social June 21 Gather with friends for a delicious meal, dancing and plenty of fun E VERETT – Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce the City of Everett’s Council on Aging (COA) will be hosting the June Senior Social on Friday, June 21, at 11:45 a.m., at the Connolly Center (90 Chelsea Street). The COA has chosen a delicious meal that includes garden salad, steak tips, barbecue chicken, baked potato, seasonal vegetables, rolls with butter, coffee and dessert. DJ Chris Fiore will provide the music and dancing is encouraged. Ticket sales are ongoing at the Connolly Center. Please see Cathi or call 617394-2270 to be connected to the Connolly Center.

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