Graduation Ceremony

  • Wednesday May 23, 2018 | 3 pm 

    McDaniel College  |  Gill Center

    The Honorable Francis X. Kelly and Carroll Student Address Graduates at 25th Commencement Ceremony

    The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, former Maryland state senator and co-founder and Chairman of KELLY, will serve as Commencement speaker. He will offer words of congratulations, acknowledgement and inspiration during the ceremony in honor of Carroll’s graduates.

    Kelly is an exemplary role model for his commitment to public service, business, and civic involvement. First elected to the Maryland General Assembly in 1979 to represent parts of Carroll and Baltimore County, he completed his service in 1990. Kelly has a long history of generously giving back to his community, and continues to serve as an adviser to state and local institutions. He is a graduate of Villanova University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and served six years in the Army National Guard. 

    A resident of Hunt Valley, Md., Kelly and his wife Janet founded their company in 1976 in the basement of their home. The firm is now one of Maryland’s fastest growing privately held firms and is one of the region’s leading health insurance broker/administrator with nearly 13,000 corporate clients.   

    Kelly has made impressive contributions to the higher education community. In 1996, he was asked by the Baltimore County executive and legislative leaders to create the Community College of Baltimore County. As board chair, he consolidated three separate colleges (Catonsville, Essex and Dundalk) into a single, multi-campus institution. Kelly served on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and on the Morgan State University Board of Regents for 14 years. 

    A Passion for Philanthropy
    The Kellys have committed much of their time and talent to philanthropy. They were recently named Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. They have been honored by the Children’s Guild, which named its Autism Center after them.

    The Commencement speaker is immediate past chair of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and remains on its board. Kelly was named the inaugural inductee in The Baltimore Sun’s Maryland Business and Civic Hall of Fame, as well as the Catholic Business person of the year by the Catholic Business Network of Baltimore. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his volunteer work and community involvement.

    A Role Model for Students; An Inspiring Message
    “The Honorable Francis Kelly epitomizes what it takes to become a success story both professionally and personally,” said College President Dr. James D. Ball. “His capacity and willingness to give back to the community, his focus on family and genuine humility speak to his admirable character. I am truly honored that he accepted my invitation to serve as our 25thAnniversary Commencement speaker. I know our graduates will benefit immensely from listening to such an inspirational leader.”

    “I am deeply humbled to serve as Commencement speaker for the graduating students of Carroll Community College,” said Kelly. “Higher education is close to my heart. As I look out over the faces of proud graduates, family members and friends, I believe that my personal journey will resonate with them. I applaud the graduates’ commitment towards pursuing great endeavors in the future and hope they will be inspired to fully engage in civic and charitable works in their communities.”

    Class of 2018 Student Ella Breden Serves as Student Speaker 

    Class of 2018 student Ella Breden will be the student speaker. She will address her fellow graduates during the ceremony. “When I was invited to be the student speaker, I was immediately excited. Having such a prestigious platform to express my love for Carroll is the opportunity of a lifetime. This is my chance to describe the values and experiences with which Carroll has gifted me,” she said.

    Academics and Interests
    Breden is a second year student and a Hill Scholar at Carroll. She is president of the Student Government Organization, vice president of Leadership for Carroll’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, vice president of Marketing for the Campus Activities Board and a student ambassador for the College. She works in the Student Life office and in the Foundation office as a student graphic designer. 

    After the successful completion of an internship with the Maryland General Assembly, Breden was hired as a staffer for District 5 Delegate April Rose. She was also selected for the All-Maryland Academic team. Breden plans to transfer to the University of Maryland, College Park to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a graphic design track.

    Carroll’s Role in Breden’s Success
    “In my speech, I will thank my peers, mentors and professors for their support of my endeavors during my time here.” she said. “I have experienced, grown and learned more than I ever thought possible. Being a Hill Scholar, involving myself with so many clubs and organizations, being encouraged to step outside of my major to round-out my skill- set and working on campus, have given me so many opportunities to evolve as a student, a leader and a friend. Carroll has changed my life forever!”

    Westminster, Md., May 15, 2018-Noah Simmons to Receive President’s Academic Excellence Award at Carroll Community College

    Noah Simmons Noah Simmons, a graduating student from the Carroll Community College Class of 2018, will receive a prestigious award for academic and community achievements at the Commencement ceremony to be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 3 p.m. at McDaniel College.

    Simmons, a 20- year- old Westminster resident who has obtained an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree with a General Engineering pathway, was selected by College President Dr. James D. Ball. The President’s Academic Excellence Award selection involves a competitive process and is the President’s highest award to graduates.

    “Noah has excelled at academic pursuits and successfully combined a rigorous course load with many impressive co-curricular activities,” said Ball. “Noah is a STEM Scholar and the president of the STEM club. He is in the Leadership Challenge program and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is on the Mathematics team and tutors other students in the college Academic Center. Remarkably, Noah handles these responsibilities while keeping a 4.0 grade point average in our extremely demanding Engineering Program.” Simmons was also one of four Carroll students who won the SMMART (Student Mathematics Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament) competition that was hosted by Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale. It’s the second year in a row that Carroll won this tournament.

    “Being selected to receive the President’s Academic Excellence award is by far one of the experiences of which I am most proud,” said Simmons. “This award means more to me than just the scholarship and the recognition. It is a validation that my endeavors at Carroll had an impact. I am so grateful to Dr. Ball for awarding me this honor.”

    “The college skills I learned after completing my previous studies as a home-schooled student taught me how to communicate, how to present confidently and how to be an effective researcher,” said Simmons. “After graduation from Carroll, I plan to transfer to the University of Maryland to study Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.” Simmons was awarded a prestigious honor for transfer students to the University of Maryland, the Frederick Douglass Scholarship.

    To qualify for the President’s Academic Excellence Award, which is a $600 personal scholarship given by Ball, eligible candidates must clearly demonstrate achievement above and beyond expectations. Candidates must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours at Carroll, must have earned a 4.0 grade point average and must have demonstrated stellar service on campus and in the community. Simmons was selected based on individual accomplishments, a personal letter of application, and the recommendations of the faculty.


    Carroll Community College Students Meet Commencement Speaker Francis X. Kelly

    A group of eleven Carroll Community College students had the opportunity to meet the Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Carroll’s 2018 Commencement speaker, on May 7, 2018. Kelly, who represented parts of Carroll when first elected to the Maryland General Assembly in 1979, wanted to hear the guiding principles and challenges the students face while achieving their dreams of higher education. Kelly encouraged the students to get involved, have integrity and keep an open mind.

    Pictured here:
    Front row, seated left to right: Jordan Spencer, Juliana Howard, Ashley Small, Joe DiMaggio III, William Anoh, Kristina Jennings Back row, left to right; Noah Simmons, Ryan Barron, Ella Breden, Dr. James D. Ball, The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Scott Saveleski, Debra Buchman, Dr. Rose Mince