Wednesday, May 253 p.m., McDaniel College Gill Center
Join us, in person or online (via a live video stream), as we celebrate our graduating students.
This year's Commencement speaker, Dr. Robert Wack, M.D., received his bachelor’s degree from the University
of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Georgetown University. He served
seven years on active duty in the US Army Medical Corps and was honorably
discharged at the rank of Major. He moved to Westminster in 1997 and worked for
12 years at Carroll Hospital Center, where he led the Pediatric Hospitalist
program. In 2009, he began working at
Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he successfully implemented and completed a
combined Pediatric Emergency and Inpatient Unit.
His vast professional experiences with government and technology include co-founding a telecom start-up, Colosafe, in 1999. He later served on the Carroll Cable Regulatory Commission
representing the City of Westminster. In 2003, he was elected to the
Westminster City Council. In 2004, he participated in the planning and assisted
with the development of the Carroll County Public Network, a publicly-financed,
built and operated middle mile network that connects schools, government
buildings, the library, the community college and other county anchor
institutions. In 2012, he led the planning and implementation of the
Westminster Fiber Network (WFN), the first community-wide gigabit fiber network
in the mid-Atlantic region. To build upon the unique tech opportunities created
by the WFN, he co-founded MAGIC, the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation
Collaboratory, which is a technology incubator based in Westminster. He is also
a published author of a science fiction novel, Time Bomber.
Dr. Wack also has much experience with non-profits including co-founding Access Carroll, a non-profit clinic providing care to the low- income,
uninsured residents of Carroll County. He also served on the boards of several
other non-profits and currently serves on the board of Target Educational and
“I am extremely pleased that Dr. Wack has accepted my
invitation to serve as Commencement speaker,” said College President Dr. James
D. Ball. “I believe Dr. Wack is a renaissance man in the purest sense of that
term. He is accomplished in many disciplines. He will offer our students a
highly unique perspective on being free to envision change, and taking
appropriate risks necessary to bring their vision to reality. I know his
brilliance along with his personable and direct communication style will be very
inspiring to our graduates.”
Leigh N. Swistock is this year's student speaker. She is a General Studies major who is transferring to the University of Central Florida, in the fall, to major in Hospitality Management. She plans to obtain an internship at Disney Parks.
She credits Carroll for having helped her discover her major from her involvement in the Campus Activities Board. The affordability of Carroll
allowed her to focus on her classes and extra- curricular activities. She believes that Carroll’s faculty and staff are some of
the most caring and genuine people she has met and has gained support from
fellow students through the challenges of her rigorous college studies.
“The biggest lesson I learned at Carroll is that we all have the
ability to impact other’s lives, something I learned from faculty and staff at
the college,” said Swistock. “In my Commencement address, I will be discussing
how we have the ability to use the lessons we have learned at Carroll to make a
difference. I will be conveying that knowledge is powerful, but can be
meaningless unless you use it.”
Commencement ceremony: Call 410-386-8440
Applying for graduation: Call an Academic Advisor at 410-386-8435, and view our Graduation Guidelines.