JAMESTOWN – A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and author will deliver the 2016 commencement address at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus on May 21.
Jessica Goodell earned a degree in social sciences from JCC in just two semesters, graduating at the top of her class and earning the college’s top social sciences award. She went on to earn a degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia and is in the final year of a doctorate program in counseling psychology at the University at Buffalo. She hopes to work with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders and other combat-related mental illnesses.
Goodell’s book, Shade It Black, is a memoir chronicling her service as a member of the Marine Corps’ first officially declared mortuary affairs unit in Iraq.
The commencement program in Jamestown begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex.
Goodell will also deliver the commencement address for JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus ceremony, scheduled for May 20 at 7 p.m. in Olean.