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College Announces Commencement Speakers, President's Award Recipient

Release Date: 5/2/2014

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

Carroll Community College Announces Commencement Speakers, President’s Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Westminster, Md., -- Dr. Bernard Sadusky, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), will serve as Commencement speaker at the 21st Commencement of Carroll Community College on May 28. The ceremony will be held at McDaniel College.

“I am exceedingly pleased that Dr. Sadusky has accepted my invitation to be our speaker this year,” said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. “I believe his message will be insightful because of his years of experience as an administrator and an educator, and his solid understanding of community colleges.”

Dr. Sadusky began as MACC executive director in July 2012, after completing a year of service as interim superintendent at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), where he filled the position left vacant by the 2011 retirement of Dr. Nancy Grasmick.

Dr. Sadusky served as superintendent of schools in Maryland’s Queen Anne’s County from 1994 to 2007, and spent more than 30 years in total in the Queen Anne’s school system as an administrator and teacher. He was recognized as Maryland’s Superintendent of the Year in 2007. Following his retirement in Queen Anne’s County, he joined MSDE as policy liaison to the local school systems before being appointed by the Maryland Board of Education to serve as interim state superintendent in 2011.

With this extensive background in K-12 education in Maryland, Dr. Sadusky is recognized as having played an important role in achieving and maintaining “Maryland’s status as the number one school system in the nation.” In his role as the executive director of Maryland’s 16 community colleges, Dr. Sadusky is working with the Governor’s P-20 Council to integrate and enhance the alignment of K-12 with Maryland’s postsecondary education and training.

Dr. Sadusky received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from King’s College in Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Washington College and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Nova-Southeastern University.

Graduate Elizabeth Lang was selected as the recipient of the President’s Academic Excellence Award. Dr. Pappalardo will present the award on stage at Commencement.

Lang is a general studies major at Carroll. She plans to transfer to McDaniel to major in biochemistry and minor in environmental science. After obtaining a four-year degree, Lang plans to attend graduate school.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Lang. “This is a great opportunity for students and I very much appreciate being selected. I want to thank Dr. Pappalardo for this award.”

“I participate in projects to be involved in the community,” said Lang. “For example, during the Book Fair, I joined other students who organized Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for the children who attended. I also went to Shiloh Middle School with the STEM club. The purpose of that day was for college students to be engaged with the middle school students to increase their interest in the STEM field.”

“I am impressed with Elisabeth because she demonstrates a strong academic record and has volunteered many hours for service learning and activities outside of the classroom,” said Dr. Pappalardo. “I strongly believe in the importance of recognizing outstanding students through this award which I personally grant to an exceptional student with a 4.0 G.P.A., with at least 45 credits at Carroll, and with exemplary volunteering or club participation.”

Lang is a member of the Hill Scholars Program, and a member of both Psi Beta and Phi Theta Kappa. She is a member of the STEM Club and the American Chemical Society student chapter. She is also a track and field coach in the community. Lang has tutored at a local elementary school.

Graduate Sean Gill to Serve As Student Speaker

Student Speaker Sean Gill believes that the opportunity to address his fellow graduates at Commencement is an honor, a humbling experience, and a chance to represent a diverse, talented group of students whom he feels proud to call the class of 2014.

“What I’d like to pass on to the graduating class is this: we all have stories and we all have hardships,” said Gill. “For some, graduating from Carroll Community College (Carroll) will be a first, small step. For others, it will be the final culmination of much hard work. Everyone who is graduating should be proud of their accomplishments, but we should all, too, be deeply aware that none of us has succeeded in life wholly by our own efforts. We’ve all been helped along at some point through the hard work and dedication of a professor, or the understanding of a sympathetic employer, or the support of parents.”

Gill will graduate with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. His primary area of interest is the study of English Literature and Film.

Gill has also served at the second editor of The-Quill student newspaper. “Beyond any shadow of a doubt, my time with the staff of The-Quill has been perhaps the best in my life. But, while running the organization has proven to be an often exhaustive task, it’s also been amazingly fun and so rewarding. Luke Fisher, the group’s founder, would be so proud to work with students who have taken on his organization’s good work. I’m excited to see the successes of those who follow me.”

The student speaker plans to transfer to a four-year university this fall to enroll in a Film and Literary Theory program. “In the end, I plan to earn my doctorate in English and return to the university system as a professor.”

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