GARDNER – Be constructive. Be positive. Focus on what works.

Those were the words of advice Gov. Charlie Baker had for 764 graduates Wednesday night at the 53rd commencement of Mount Wachusett Community College.

Cautioning graduates moving on to careers or further education to not dwell on what doesn’t work, Gov. Baker recounted his invitation to address participants in a robotics competition at Boston University after losing to Deval Patrick in his bid for governor in 2010.

Asking what he should talk about, he was told “Why it’s OK to fail.”

Graduates in the packed Wellness and Fitness Center gave classmate Jonathan Marshall a standing ovation for his narrative about a first experience at Mount Wachusett in 2011 derailed after a year by recreational drugs.

Mr. Marshall cited May 21, 2014, as the day he looked in a mirror and decided he was no longer content with the man looking back at him - a decision reinforced during the next two years while working in a commercial glass factory in Texas.

He called upon his fellow students to not fear change, but to fear contentment. Returning to MWCC in 2016, Mr. Marshall committed himself to a course that will allow him to help others afflicted with substance abuse and addiction.

Others among this year’s class faced challenges as well.

Wendy Newcomb of Lunenburg earned a certificate in Manufacturing Technology – Mechatronics and will continue her education at Fitchburg State College.

An entrepreneur, Ms. Newcomb established a business creating dog biscuits from spent grains from the Wormtown Brewery in Worcester and Wachusett Brewing Co. in Westminster.

Ms. Newcomb returned to school despite being diagnosed with Corticobasal Degeneration Syndrome, a progressive, incurable neurological disorder.

President James Vander Hooven told students that their mastery of perseverance, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, overcoming of challenges, and facts would hold them in good stead, moving on to either career or additional education.

Noting that after last year’s commencement he came to be known as the “selfie president,” Mr. Vander Hooven invited Gov. Baker to join him in this year’s selfie with the class of 2018.

The 2018 graduates include:

Connecticut

North Grosvenordale

Associates: Amanda L King

Massachusetts

Ashburnham

Associates: Rebecca L D'amico, Genevieve Mia David, Samuel B Davidson, Karin O Gould, Katherine J Herndon, Victoria L Knight, Joshua Mandaglio, Lacy R Phongsaly, Rebecca L Racine, Sybil L Sinclair, Brianna Marie Stone, Stephen L Streeks, Haley J Visconti

Certificates: Kevin E Chambers, Jennifa M Graves, Benjamin Iacobucci, Bianca Faye Law, Ashley Nicole Perez, Kaitlin Danielle Shelton, Brianna Marie Stone

Athol

Associates: Matthew Adam Applin, Allison R Aucoin, Alexander Batutis, Crystal Bentley, Kelly J Cacciolfi, Dylan Clark, Anthony Cunha, Elizabeth Gagnon, John Robert Gaudet, Jennifer J Harrington, Brionna R Luchock, Amanda C Melanson, Jessica E Nunez, Bonnie L Price, Stephanie Putnam

Certificates: Crystal Bentley, Stephanie Marie Buck, Kelly J Cacciolfi, Heather Christine Chadsey, Jennifer E Chiasson, Katie M DuPont, Jessica A Gadarowski, Savannah L LaRoche, Alicia Lachance, Michelle L Leavitt, Alisa Lauren Nano, Joshua Alan Rasch, Natallea Rodrigues, Naomi M Wood

Baldwinville

Associates: Kelly L Callahan, Julie Ehnstrom, Collin Scott Fournier, Leanne M Gauthier, Michael S Manisy, Kelley C Moore, Kimberly Rose Morris, Jacqueline A Morse, Kelsey Lynn Rayner

Barre

Associates: Aaren J Bailey, Micah Clark, Kathryn M Fenlason, Ann Giaquinto Scott, Pawel Kaszuba, Cavin J Malley, Sofia Gwen McDonald Games, Alexandria Morrissey, Lynn E Pulnik, Shawna N Tankersley

Certificates: Nicole Chambers, Ann Giaquinto Scott, Sarah Jane O'Sullivan

Bolton

Associates: Maxwell R Dischler

Cherry Valley

Associates: Nicholas Mancuso

Clinton

Associates: Ashley Arsenault, Carlos Baker, Eliza A Barrios, Edna K Lopez, Jennifer S Lopez, Johnathan K Lucht, Laura Urdaneta

Certificates: Kelly Hillman, Edna K Lopez, Jennifer Noel, Hannah Sophie Packard, Gretchen C Queeney

Dudley

Associates: Laurie J Guerin, Mikeala Anne Kozlowski

East Templeton

Associates: Mary Elizabeth White

Fitchburg

Associates: Danielle Acevedo, Rachel Adams, Stephanie L Adams, Sonia A Aviles, Meghgan A Beauvais, Kimberly A Boucher, Jocelyn Boulay, Tamu L Brobbey, Elizabeth Campbell, Micaela Canessa Giorello, Nathalie Castro Da Rosa, Carlington C Clarke, Andrea R Conrad, Cody E Conrad, Desire G Crosby, Jessica Carol DeJesus, Jamaal R Dockery, Ulric E Eubanks, Leah Rose Fletcher, Elizabeth J Fogle, Charlie Hollins, Chantell A Jimenez, Destiny M Johnson, Zachary Robert Kane, Liliana King, Mary Anyini Kwofie, Kylee Ann Lawrence, Trevor J Leger, Isabella Lillie, Victoria Lillie, Vivian Lillie, Melissa MacMaster, Amanda L Mahoney, Ryan J Major, Linda M Martel, Kimberly Lynn Mertell, Lucas Anthony Millen, Ashley Monroe, Freda C Nazziwa, Courage Ntoro, Beatriz Padilla-Lazarin, Jamie L Parker, Kelsey L Parmenter, Ashley Perez, Isaac Prime, Juan J Ramirez, Kelly V Ramos, Jean-Pierre David Reyes Caraballo, Gregory L Reynolds, Diosmar Reynoso, Sophia A Richardson, Josue Rodriguez, Kathia I Rosa, Jasmin Ruiz, Angela M Salazar, Josue Salcedo, Amber Michelle Sands, Desiree Santana, Shanneah E Santiago, Esther M Serrano, Marry K Sivilaythong, Haley Smith, Jennifer Lynn Smith, Bekki S Somsy, Jaylyn Torres, Skylyn Torres, Henry R Vaillancourt, Tanairi Valentin, Brittany L Velez, Chen Vue, Shannon L Whittemore, Angelica Bochee Yang

Certificates: Rachel Adams, Danielle Caron, Tamra Lee Corliss, Franchis E Corporan, Jessica Carol DeJesus, Rosanna Glidden, Kelly Ann Marie Gorham, Austin Haase, Rosemary E Haskell, Gina A Khouth, Erica N Lacoy, Kylee Ann Lawrence, Janeiza Lugo Rodriguez, Heather Maxwell, Kenneth R Maynard, Kelly Elise McDonough, Kevin Moriarty, Yarilis Perez, Elizabeth Phouangsaly, Bryant M Quinn, Sylvia Ramirez, Tammera L Reynolds, Jeremy Rivera, Andre R Sanchez, Cathy J Scottfenton, Esther M Serrano, Jonathan Matthew Shelales, Jennifer Lynn Smith, Sondrea Surette-Narcisse, Skylyn Torres

Gardner

Associates: David A Acevedo, David Boakye Adom, David Belitsky, Stephanie L Borkowski, Christina Rose Bruce, Danielle Chaves, Sadiya M Clark, Ramsey E Clayter, Jason H Colecchi, Brendan M Conlin, Kimberly A Cook, Briana P Cormier, Rachel A Cormier, Josefina C Coursen, Tiffany M Cunningham, Bertha M Dancause, Megan B DiVito, Heather Michelle Dobbs, Kalli Duguay, Abigail R Elbourn, Krystal A Flagg, Moses Gomez, Rachael A Grammont, Jennifer L Grogan, Ifra Hassan, Cesar Herrera, Brianna Rosella Heughins, Leshay Hicks, Amanda Alice Johnson, Nicholas A Kapp, Lilac R Keenan, Tyler Klash, Elizabeth P LaPan, Molly A Lafalam, Brandon L Lamore, Timothy Martin Landry, Jordan Robert Learmonth, Patricia J Lillie, Alphoncina Alex Lyamuya, Nicholas R Mackowiak, Ruth A Major, Noah Manongi, Jonathan M Marshall, Katrina Jean McGarry, James F Meagher, Carlee Susan Mills, Marilyn Aurora Morrison, Jamika N Nance-Garcia, Joshua M Needham, Michelle L Nolette, Timothy R Nowlan, Nathan R Oliva, Olivia Ouellet, Melissa Paulhus, Gia C Pavone, Karen A Pietila, Samantha JoAnn Provonsil, Amanda B Robichaud, Russell H Robichaud, Shayna Rolon, Nicholas P Russo, Kiaya Shea, Mitchell Smith, LaKeya Springfield, Jessica M St John, Samantha N Stuart, Emilia Maria Torres, Jeremiah J Veino, Timothy M Whalen, Tracy L Wirtanen, Sadie Rae deBettencourt

Certificates: Annastasia D Anderson, Carly E Anderson, Cynthia Cajigas, Elizabeth Avanell Casson, Patrick Thomas Conlin, Katrina M Cote, Bryan Alexis Cruz, Renaldo Giovanni Cruz, Nicholas DeVeau, Zechariah Dietz, Carlos Duran, Haley A Greenwood, Timothy Martin Landry, Emily LeBlanc, Kerri L LeBlanc, Arthur L McDonald, Katrina Jean McGarry, Shayna L Michalewicz, Melissa Paulhus, Kiara L Peralta, Erin Richard, Estephany S Rodriguez, Amy Elizabeth Rogers, Louise M Russell, Brian Douglas Ryder, Tracy A Sheridan, Kevin L Theriault, Allyson Williams, Jeffrey A Yates

Hardwick

Certificates: Julieann M Rokes

Harvard

Associates: Timothy J Hood

Holden

Associates: Bridget A Donovan, Abigail Patricia Mascitelli, Adrianna M Nathan, Samantha M Zaines

Hubbardston

Associates: Tyler J Charland, Cristen Claire Comptois, Brianna Stevens

Certificates: Elizabeth H Fowler, Jasmine D McCullough, Laura L Milko

Hudson

Associates: Brenda Marie Andrade

Certificates: Michaela Marie Bacon

Jefferson

Certificates: Jeffrey Falls

Lancaster

Associates: Nicholas Bedini, John Patrick Garvey, Andrew Martinez, Amber R Selesky, Celina Evelyn Stacy

Certificates: Marisa B Crowley, Melanessa Noel

Leicester

Associates: Shelby Elizabeth Ayres

Leominster

Associates: Cesar Acosta, Emmanuel Y.N. Adu, Ashley L Aker, Elba Algarin, Guelmari Alvarado, Mariel Alvarado, Lynn M Ayers, Tiffani Bastarache, Jonathan Daniel Cabrera, Gabriel P Caetano, Renee L Caissie, Kevin I Canales, Romolo S Cataldo, Karen E Cormier, Allison M Correa, Mary K Crumpton, Carrie F DeCosta, Victor DeOliveira, Abigail DeSimone, Melissa M DelValle, Kiana I Delgado, Marcus Delgado, Matthew T Diaz, Angela D Douthwright, Michael Patrick Duffy, Nathan Dynice, Michelle L Fazio, Daniel Ferreira, Jonathan M Flerra, Melissa Gonzalez, Jill L Gordon, Kylee Rae Gordon, Wyatt J Grady, Nathan S Grossman, Andre R Guilmette, Amanda Guzman, Alexandra A Hall, Tamara Marie Harmon, Emmett August Heckman, Samantha Hume, Hieu Trung Huynh, Danielle Faye Johns, Christopher Jollimore, Donna M King, Jared Steven Kuczwara, Amanda Nicole L'Ecuyer, Adrianna Laurano, Gina-Maria Lemoine, Jean C Lohier, Leila Jamal Mahijibhai, Jean Makelela, Yuster Paul Makoko, Jared W McDonald, Sharie A Melendez, Helen Rocio Mendez, Marilyn Milligan, Deliciana Montoya, Brandi L Neuberg, Kennedy Owino, Sarah E Piche, Jessica L Prichard, Devante Proctor, Mark Anthony Ramos, Tracey E Ramsey, Angelique M Ranno, Daniel G Richard, Leatitia Mogotu Sagwe, Kyria M Salgado, Anysmarie Santiago, Kim Louise Self Wright, Jason A Shattuck, Teresa Silveira, Jareth D Skelton, Corey R Smith, Nicholas Souders, Rebecca C Tabales, Augustine J Tetteh-Quarshie, Naomi J Tucker, Tatiana Vazquez, Dawn M Veino, Jacquelyn M Vokey, Aja J Williams, Molly M Winand, David Yang, Panhia Yang, Hannah Zanni

Certificates: Romolo S Cataldo, Jesus Eduardo Cortes, Gimena DeLeon, Melissa M DelValle, Tyler DelleChiaie, Nicole M Diaz, Jessica Nicole Fino, Danielle E Flaherty, Ryan A Freel, Jennifer Garcia, Jill L Gordon, Gina-Maria Lemoine, Alexandria Michele Melanson, Kao S Moua, Fiona V Muriuki, Dominic W Ortiz, Steffy Pichardo, Nathan Preville, Florisa A Ramos, Addellah Revesai, Karla Rivera, Nirmary J Rodriguez, Sandra Yaranely Rodriguez-Giron, Hector M Salazar, Augustine J Tetteh-Quarshie, Luz M Torres II Garcia, Dominique R Vaden, Jacquelyn M Vokey, Heidi Rose Wilson

Lunenburg

Associates: Kelsey M Belair, Florencia Carneiro, Daria Maria Cunningham, Sicily Fields, Jordan M Goodall, Matilda K Hayes, Nico D Joslin, Natalia LaManna, Adam M Nano, Laura Isabelle Reese, Collin James Reynolds, Isabel T Salvatore, Arilyn Elizabeth White

Certificates: Florencia Carneiro, Brianna Leigh Coburn, Samuel H Crisci, Marie Farynaz, Matilda K Hayes, Tina Minnich, Wendy A Newcomb, Shantel Woodson

Marlborough

Associates: Paola Andrea Molina

Milford

Associates: Tracy M Webster, Rachel E Aster

Millbury

Associates: Sallay Mwangi

Certificates: Sallay Mwangi

North Brookfield

Associates: Gabrielle Ann Christiansen, Jennifer Davie, Sean F Mooney

Northbridge

Associates: Kaila Chase

Oakham

Associates: Daniel Larrabee

Paxton

Associates: Joshua TW Huehls, Nga T Le, Kayla A Shabo

Petersham

Associates: Ashley I Gabrenas, Alec Charles Goodale, Christopher Jackson

Certificates: Anastasia Ailinger

Phillipston

Associates: Mallory Barbara Bartell, Tyler Gearin, Jacob William Hammond, Olivia Rose Howes, Jillian Renae Manty, Summer A Moulton, Brooke Pacheco

Certificates: Bethany Valois

Princeton

Associates: Ella Joy Walsh

Certificates: Darren Borge, Andrew Mori

Royalston

Associates: Colleen Rita Demboske, Heidi Warren

Certificates: Wendy Kallel, Michael R Young

Rutland

Associates: Kyle Deane, Alexis Fischer, Jill McLean, Michael E Murphy, Eric Joseph Reidy, Luke James Schiemann, Laura Teves

Certificates: Jane M Moore Houghton, Kayla Theresa Romanski

Shrewsbury

Associates: Tristen M Hafford, Anthoulla Mavroudhis-Eleftheriou

Certificates: Anthoulla Mavroudhis-Eleftheriou

South Barre

Associates: Morgan Blavackas, Kelsey R LaRosa, Kimberly A Salvadore

Certificates: Lindsey Marie Clarkson

Southborough

Associates: Gisela F Rezende

Southbridge

Certificates: Dawnmarie Jones

Spencer

Associates: Linda Maher, Mary Remillard

Sterling

Associates: Stephen J Brendel, Catherine Castagnaro, Christopher Giard, Iheb Klai, Michael D Lanciani, Sarah Urbina

Certificates: Kelley R Canali

Sturbridge

Associates: Melissa A Denham

Templeton

Associates: Shelby A Arseneau, Michael P Bergeron, Javin Blanchard, Adam T Brown, Joseph Capps, Jaclyn A Cartee, Chad L Charbonneau, Tara A Dugan, Daniel C Eaton, Kristen Gaudet, Nicholas Charles Goss, Lindsey Marie Hastings, Franklin Moschetti, Paula Rosario, Kelsey M Vaillancourt

Certificates: Bailey A Culver, Tristen Thomas LaClair, Miranda Adrienne Leger, Franklin Moschetti, Paula Rosario, Heidi L Whittle

Webster

Certificates: Gerrianne Marie Owens, Erika Evelyn Valentin

West Boylston

Associates: Maria G Benson, Michelle L Kooyomjian, Nelius N Njuru, Aidan S Reynolds, Stephanie Ann Wronski

Certificates: Nicholas A Mimms

Westminster

Associates: Michael Steven Alario, Jennifer Lynn Burke, Ashley Cournoyer, Kristin E Grantz, Bryanna N Hache, Shane M Harrington, David Mei, Taylor Rameau, Bianca N Rantala, Samantha Shippell Stiles, Justina R Smith, Gina Vilayphone

Certificates: Alyssa Aveni, Katheryn E Copeland, Joshua Dussault, Bryanna N Hache, Alejandra Mayorga-Lecona, Brian Roger Richard

Winchendon

Associates: Ashley S Agnelli, Larry Agnelli, Ashley Kate Arsenault, Torianna R Belko, Amanda Bettencourt, Allyson M Bois, Chelsea M Bussiere, Connor W Clinkscale, Nicholas Coddington, Andrew Conroy, Betty Ann Coolidge, Amber Dignan, Timothy Enwright, Marissa Galat, Ashley M Garceau, Josiah M Hagan, Rachel Grace Haley, Elise Hamblett, Bridget Harrington, Catherine L Jankowski, Stephen Larson, Michael J LeBlanc, Amber Martinez, Alexis Ann O'Neill, Timothy Pare, Mary Catherine Pietrzak, Scott Ploskonka, Nancy G Regan, Macy Saulnier, Dawn Marie Storer, Thomas Sutherland, Teresa Tambling, Holly Lynn Tata, Emily A Tenney, Ashley Marie Tousignant, Jacob VanHillo, Rachel L Woodman

Certificates: Madeline M Allard, Michael S Anderson, Amanda Bettencourt, Nicholas Coddington, Betty Ann Coolidge, Trishia A Ducharme, Maria Mae Javien, Krysta Susan Kay, Jana Christin Murphy, Megan Skinner, Nicholas Stinehart

Worcester

Associates: Samuel Agyemang-Prempeh, Andrew Ofosu Appiah, Karen I Benitez, McKenzie L Dano, Matthew P Gaumond, Ashley L Kabasinsky, Stella B Kimaku, Jason M Kiragu, Esther Ayeley Larsh, Alex Kimani Maina, Tatiana Marie Mariscal, Evelyn N Nabiswa, Jenifer Nancy Kambe Ndungu, Victoria D Odgren, Dana D Quartey, Alexandra Rodriguez, Jonathan R Sosa, Ashley J Suarez, Cassandra A Tousek, Xuan Thanh Tran, Kathleen J J White, Hannah Woodward, Maria Xheladini

Certificates: Marlena E McKenzie, Brian D Neak, Katalina Rivera