Graduation Ceremony

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  • Monday, May 22  |  3 p.m.

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    150-09-17 Commencement Page BarbaraVeteran Board Member Serves as
    Commencement Speaker

    Carroll Community College (Carroll) President Dr. James D. Ball announces that Barbara Charnock, a veteran member of the Board of Trustees, will serve as Commencement speaker. She will offer words of congratulations, acknowledgement and inspiration during the ceremony in honor of Carroll’s graduates.

    Her service to the college totals 33 years. She will retire from the Board of Trustees this June, serving as the speaker during her last Commencement as a board member.

    An Outstanding Leader

    “Mrs. Charnock has been an outstanding steward of the high-caliber education which Carroll provides to its students,” said Ball. “Carroll has prospered and thrived under her leadership.”

    “Mrs. Charnock is exactly the right Commencement speaker at the right time,” said Ball. “She is a wonderful role model for our graduates. Her work on behalf of the college always put students first. Her legacy will be the thousands of students who have entered to learn and exited the college doors—ultimately, bound for success.”

    A Passion for Education
    “Mrs. Charnock has been a valuable asset to Carroll,” said Board of Trustees Chair Diane A. Foster. “She offers a comprehensive understanding of community colleges and unwavering support of the students they serve. Education is her passion.”

    Honored and Humbled
    “I am extremely honored and feel humbled by the invitation to serve as Commencement speaker in 2017,” said Mrs. Charnock. “I hope my remarks inspire Carroll graduates to become the best they can be—confident members of society whose impact is felt throughout the entire community. I will always keep the students, faculty, staff, administration and board close to my heart as I retire from the board this year.”

    Mrs. Charnock taught middle school in Baltimore County for 30 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Education from Towson University.

    Mrs. Charnock served on the Board of Trustees for twenty-four years. For nine years prior to that, she was a member of the first Advisory Board of the college. Mrs. Charnock served as chair of the board for three terms, from 1993 to 1995; from 2002 to 2004 and again from 2010 to 2012. Her service to the college totals 33 years.

    150-09-17 Commencement Page OliviaClass of 2017 Student Olivia Hare Serves as
    Student Speaker

    Class of 2017 student Olivia Hare will be the student speaker. She will address her fellow graduates during the ceremony. “I felt so honored when asked to be student speaker,” she said. “The class of 2017 is an outstanding class with extremely intelligent and involved students. It is very humbling to address my fellow students on this special day.” 

    Major and Interests
    What are Hare’s major and academic interests? “I am receiving my associate’s degree in Arts and Sciences. This fall, I will be attending Stevenson University as a Business Communication major, with an interest in marketing and social media. The resources available at Carroll gave me the skills I needed to land my first internship this semester in design and communications,” she said. 

    Hare is a strong proponent of involvement in campus clubs and organizations. “I serve as the vice president of Fellowship for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on campus. I am a student ambassador and new student orientation leader, which allow me to introduce prospective students to Carroll and all that it has to offer. I also participate in the Advanced Leadership Challenge program,” she said. 

    Carroll’s Role in Hare’s Success
    Carroll has provided Hare with the skills and experiences needed to succeed. Her mentors at Carroll took the time to understand her goals and helped her to achieve them.  For example, the Career Development Center assisted Hare with her internship aspirations. Hare said she is grateful for what faculty and staff have done on her behalf. 

    “When I first attended Carroll, I automatically felt welcomed,” said Hare. “I quickly built close relationships on campus. I appreciate the small class sizes because the professors are able to create one-on-one relationships with students to understand their needs. Every professor I had at Carroll has been extremely helpful and has motivated me to excel. I never met professors as kind and caring about student’s futures than the ones who taught me at Carroll.”