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Carroll Community College Celebrates Twentieth Commencement

Release Date: 5/17/2013

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CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
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Carroll Community College Celebrates Twentieth Commencement

Westminster, Md.,— On May 29, 2013, the twentieth graduating class of Carroll Community College (Carroll) will participate in a Commencement Ceremony at McDaniel College at 1 p.m.

In 2013, Carroll celebrates twenty years as an independent community college.

“We would not be where we are today without our wonderful students,” said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. “They have been instrumental in helping the college to become a distinguished center of learning in Carroll County. I sincerely congratulate the class of 2013 on their achievement.”

A recent survey of students who applied to graduate shows that 52 percent who responded plan to transfer as a full-time student. The leading transfer university among those who indicated that they will study full-time is Towson University. Fifty-two percent of survey respondents said they plan to be employed full-time and of these students, the expected place of employment for 55 percent is Carroll County.

Judy Coen, former dean, department chair and faculty member, will serve as Commencement speaker. From 2007 to 2010 she served as dean of the Division of Business, Mathematics and Sciences at Carroll.

Her educational background includes a combined Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Ohio State University. Coen worked at Catonsville Community College before Carroll gained its independence, giving her a unique perspective into the history of the college. Currently, Coen is retired and resides in Kennebunk, Maine.

Student speaker Anna Cook has been a Business Administration major at Carroll. She is also president of the Student Government Organization. Anna works part-time while juggling her college responsibilities. Anna plans to study culinary arts and hospitality after graduation, and would like to own her own bakery one day.

Carroll graduate John Jayman has been selected to receive the President’s Academic Excellence Award, a monetary scholarship presented by the president at Commencement.

The award recognizes a graduating student who has achieved a 4.0 G.P.A., has earned at least 45 credits at Carroll, and has demonstrated a commitment to outstanding extracurricular activities and service to the community.

“John is an outstanding example of a student who is dedicated to his studies and who also finds time for activities outside the classroom. John is generous with his time when he is giving back to others in the community,” said Dr. Pappalardo.

“I am honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Jayman. “This award culminates all of my efforts inside and outside of the classroom setting. Carroll has provided me with a strong foundation to succeed in all of my future studies.”

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