Irene Farese - Class of 2011

Instructor discussing with students in the Lab

Passaic County Community College
39th Commencement - Class of 2011


DARC Program Graduate


Irene Farese - Wayne
Irene Farese (left) receives a graduation gift from Joan Meeh of the DARC program at PCCC.


Irene Farese – Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts Degree /Humanities
Graduates with High Honors

On May 16, 2011, more than 30 years after her high school graduation, Irene Farese will receive a college degree. “I returned to college, because I felt I had missed out. My experience was incomplete,” said the Wayne resident.  With a 3.80 grade point average, Irene graduates with honors.

“My daughters say they are very proud,” she laughed. A 1976 graduate of Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, Irene had briefly attended Bergen Community College and Fairleigh-Dickinson University, but did not graduate. “I didn’t have any real direction,” she explained. She eventually got a job and worked until she married and had two daughters.

Decades later and a divorce later, Irene decided to complete her education. “I had no idea how to start the whole process again,” she confessed. “Then, I found out about the DARC program from a friend who works at PCCC.” Irene was able to transfer most of the credits she had earned in the past and enrolled in PCCC in spring 2010.

“My entire experience here was very positive,” said Irene. “I’m very grateful for the DARC program,” she added. “Now that I’m contributing to my daughter’s college tuition, I especially appreciated the book vouchers.”

Irene’s older daughter attends the University of Tampa in Florida, and her younger one is a freshman at Wayne Valley High School. “They’ll both be at the ceremony to see their mother get her degree,” she smiled.

Irene plans to continue her education towards a bachelor’s degree, but has not decided on a specific career goal yet. “I didn’t have a clear plan years ago and still don’t,” she said. “I’m in my 50s and starting over, so I’m just taking it one day at a time.”