Montgomery College graduated its largest ever class of students in a ceremony held on Friday, May 20, 2011, in Rockville, Maryland. Of the nearly 3,000 students who completed graduation requirements for associate’s degrees, apprenticeships or certificates, more than 840 students participated in the morning ceremony.
The Montgomery College class of 2011 is diverse in age and experience. Most graduates attended Montgomery County Public Schools, but many others attended high school elsewhere in the United States or in another country. Some took alternative paths to college through homeschooling or by earning their General Equivalency Diplomas (GED). The oldest graduate is 68 years old and the youngest is just 15 years old. While many students take two years to complete their associate’s degree, three graduates first took Montgomery College classes in 1972 and 181 started prior to the start of the 21st century.
The 3,022 Montgomery College students applying for graduation in 2011 came from 128 other countries including 90 from Cameroon and 56 from South Korea.
The commencement ceremony featured speeches by four graduating students who were selected as Board of Trustees Scholars, representing each of the College’s three campuses and Workforce Development and Continuing Education. This year’s scholars were:
A Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Myshelle is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. Upon graduation, Robinson will attend Pace University in New York City, where she will major in sociology.
An employee of Mallick Mechanical Contractors, Steve completed a four-year apprenticeship program as an HVAC/R technician. He is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average in his apprenticeship with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, National Capital Chapter (ACCA/NCC) program.
A Germantown Campus student and member of Phi Theta Kappa, Janet is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. Upon graduation, she will attend Smith College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and environmental studies.
An art major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Whitley is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. She works as a production assistant at Photo Communications, Inc., and plans to continue working after graduation while she launches an online store to sell original artwork.
Montgomery College awarded honorary degrees to J. Henry Montes, George Dang and Rebecca (Becky) Wagner. Dr. Loh also received an honorary degree as the commencement speaker.
Dang, president of Acacia Financial Advisors, LLC, has been an executive in the financial services industry for more than 25 years. He serves on the boards of the Montgomery College Foundation and the Universities of Shady Grove. The second honorary degree recipient, J. Henry Montes, possesses more than 35 years of experience in the field of public health. As a volunteer, he co-chairs the Montgomery County Executive’s Latin American Advisory Group. Wagner, the third honorary degree recipient, is the executive director of Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) in Baltimore. Prior to this position, she led Interfaith Works in Rockville for 12 years.
The Montgomery College commencement ceremony will be available in its entirety on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/montgomerycollege. For more information about commencement, visit: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/commencement.
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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.
Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 (The Graduation March) licensed by http://www.RoyaltyFreeClassicalMusic.co.uk
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