News from Montgomery College

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Date: May 19, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY

Neither Cicadas nor Rain Will Put a Damper on Tent-Enclosed Commencement Ceremonies for Montgomery College Class of 2004
Graduates from All Campuses Set to Participate in Celebration at Rockville

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2004 – 10 a.m.
Montgomery College – Rockville Campus
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850 

Montgomery College will honor the more than 1,800 graduates eligible to participate in its 57th Annual college-wide Commencement ceremony.  Graduates earn associate degrees or certificates at one of the College’s three campuses – Takoma Park, Germantown, and Rockville – or through apprenticeship programs in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education unit. Individuals of all ages and from as many as 170 countries are represented in the Montgomery College student body. Among the nearly 700 students expected to participate in the procession: 

Greg Dembnicki, a Gaithersburg resident, began his Montgomery College career in developmental classes to improve his English and math skills.  After a semester, he was able to enroll in college-level courses.  Around that same time, Dembnicki joined the Army National Guard.  Activated shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Dembnicki put his education on hold to serve his country at Ft. Monroe in Virginia.  After almost five years off-and-on at Montgomery College, Dembnicki plans to transfer to Towson University and work towards his goal of becoming a field agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

Dede Adomayakpor is an international student from Togo, currently living in Germantown.  Adomayakpor came to America with very little knowledge of the English language, but television, radio, and classes at Montgomery College helped her learn quickly.  She embraced countless opportunities at the College – attending an evening honors program; working part-time at the Germantown Campus library and math lab; joining Phi Theta Kappa honor society; and interning at the Smithsonian Institution.  Adomayakpor is one of 27 community college students in the nation to win the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.   

Jakeina Price, from the Takoma Park Campus, started attending Montgomery College at night, leaving her days free to care for her grandmother who was recovering from a stroke.  When her grandmother returned home to Mississippi, Price went looking for a day-time job and found one at the Career Transition Center, Inc. in Wheaton.  Four years later, Price is still working there, but eager to start the next phase of her life at the University of Maryland University College.  Price dreams of one day becoming a CEO of a major business organization, using the education she first learned at Montgomery College and the skills she gained at the Career Transition Center. 

The keynote speaker at this year’s graduation ceremony will be H. Patrick Swygert, president of Howard University. Prior to the ceremonies, Mr. Swygert and Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College, will do a ceremonial signing of new articulation agreements between the two institutions, to help pave the way for more transfer opportunities for students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree.

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