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Date: May 4, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Celebrate Student Graduation on May 18
Alumna Dr. Winnie King, ER Physician and TV Host, to Deliver Commencement Address

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Montgomery College students will celebrate the culmination of years of hard work at the community college’s 60th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held underneath a huge outdoor tent on the athletic field and honor graduates from the College’s three campuses in Montgomery County, Md.—Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring—along with apprenticeship graduates in Workforce Development and Continuing Education programs. Nearly 2,000 students have completed the requirements for associate’s degrees, apprenticeships, or certificate programs during the past year and are eligible for graduation.

Dr. Winnie King, an alumna of Montgomery College, will deliver the commencement address. Dr. King works as an emergency physician at Tomball Regional Hospital in Texas and hosts the television shows “Speaking of Women’s Health” and “What Should You Do?” on Lifetime TV. She also commutes to New York, where she hosts the nationally syndicated TV show “Keeping Kids Healthy.” King has earned three Emmy awards as the host of the show. On radio station WFLA 540 AM, King launched her talk show, “Good Health Live with Dr. Winnie King,” in 2004. Montgomery College presented her with an honorary degree in public service in 1998 for her accomplishments.

Four Montgomery College Students Selected to Address Fellow Students

During the commencement ceremony, four students will be recognized as the 2007 Board of Trustees Scholars and will address their fellow graduates. College officials select one scholar from each of the three campuses and an apprenticeship scholar representing the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education and the College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education division. Each scholar receives a cash award to be applied to future tuition or the education of their choice. This year’s Board of Trustees Scholars are:

  • Courtney Nichole Dugger – Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Born in Washington, D.C., Dugger has lived in the metropolitan area her entire life. She will receive an Associate of Arts in pre-medicine from Montgomery College before transferring to the University of Maryland to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology. Dugger’s ultimate goal is to obtain a medical degree, open her own practice and work as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Dugger’s brother, who is serving in Iraq, will be watching her speech via streaming video on the College website.

  • Patti J. Richardson – Rockville Campus

An interior design major, Richardson participated with her fellow students in transforming a plain, cream-colored laundry room at the 2005 National Symphony Orchestra Decorators’ Show House into a colorful, rustic “fresh air farmhouse laundry.” A member of Phi Theta Kappa, she will graduate with a 4.0 grade point average and her A.A. and A.A.S. degrees. The Rockville resident has been awarded a scholarship to attend Hood College.

  • Laura A. Winkler-Schuder – Germantown Campus

An avid community volunteer, Winkler-Schuder has helped at a nursing home, fire department, and animal rescue centers. Currently, she volunteers at a homeless women’s shelter teaching a class on jewelry-making. The Gaithersburg resident is a general studies major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honorary society. She plans to transfer from Montgomery College to the University of Washington to get her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. Ultimately, she hopes to work with children from troubled or disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Daniel Sorie Bangura – Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Bangura recently finished his last year of a four-year heating, ventilation and air condition, refrigeration (HVAC/R) apprenticeship program at Montgomery College, in association with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, National Capital Chapter. He is employed by Cropp-Metcalfe, an air conditioning and heating contractor. Before joining the apprenticeship program, Bangura worked for Montgomery County Public Schools. Through a Montgomery College partnership with MCPS, he took boiler technician courses at the College’s Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education. In 2004, Bangura also earned a letter of recognition in HVAC/R and a certificate in building trades technology through the College.

Honorary Degrees Will Go to Cafritz Foundation President and CEO Calvin Cafritz, Former Maryland Senator Ida Ruben, and Rockville Community Leader Bernice Grossman

To pay tribute to College benefactors and community leaders each year, Montgomery College’s Board of Trustees confers honorary degrees on selected individuals. This year’s recipients are Calvin Cafritz, chairman, president and CEO of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; former Maryland Senator Ida G. Ruben; and Rockville community volunteer and Montgomery College Alumni Assistant Bernice G. Grossman.

Calvin Cafritz, the chairman, president and CEO of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, is the eldest son of Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz and a native Washingtonian. At the Cafritz Foundation, Cafritz is directly responsible for the real estate and non-real estate portfolio of the Foundation and subsidiary corporations. The Foundation is the largest private, independent, local foundation that focuses solely on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Under Cafritz’s leadership, the Foundation has awarded more than $207 million to 4,472 projects.

The Foundation made a $3 million gift commitment to Montgomery College to enhance the College’s transformation of the former Giant Food bakery building in Silver Spring into a new, state-of-the-art visual arts center, which is scheduled to open later in 2007. Funds from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation gift will go towards providing state-of-the-art equipment, technology, and furnishings for the visual arts center, as well as for future maintenance of the facility. A portion of the gift will also go towards the redesign of the planned entrance and its construction. In honor of The Cafritz Foundation’s gift, the center will be named The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Art Center.

The Honorable Ida G. Ruben served the residents of Maryland’s District 20 for more than 30 years, first as a state delegate and then as a state senator. She was the first woman to be elected president pro tem of the state Senate and the first senator in 100 years from Montgomery County to hold the legislative leadership post.

Senator Ruben was an ardent supporter of Montgomery College. In particular, she advocated for the expansion of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus and helped obtain more than $48 million in state funding. Additionally, through her work with the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, she championed the conversion of the former Giant Bakery into the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Art Center at the College, which will enhance instructional arts space and provide local artists with studio space. She worked to help all Maryland’s community colleges with her support of the legislation to enhance state aid to community colleges, and as the chief sponsor of the original bill to provide funding for ESL students and recently legislation for additional resources to support ESL students.

The final honorary degree will go to Bernice G. Grossman. Grossman works as the alumni assistant in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Montgomery College. At 83 years young, she serves as an inspiration to her colleagues and the students with whom she has worked during her 13-year career at Montgomery College.

During her tenure, she has made significant contributions to Montgomery College, including acting as an advisor to the Student Ambassadors, an organization which encourages students to serve as hosts at College events; creating the first Alumni Association weekend trip to New York City, which has since become an annual event; leading a team of volunteers to help with the Montgomery College Foundation Golf Classic fundraiser for student scholarships; developing the successful fundraising event honoring former Congresswoman Connie Morella at the College’s Summer Dinner Theatre; and establishing an endowed scholarship for Montgomery College students in memory of her late husband and son.

Grossman is very active in the Montgomery County community. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Rockville and the Montgomery County Business and Professional Women’s club, where she served as past president and was chosen as Woman of the Year.

Montgomery College’s Commencement to be Webcast and Shown on Cable

Montgomery College will broadcast its 2007 Commencement live on the Internet on Friday, May 18. Families and friends of the graduates can log on to the Montgomery College website to watch the day’s festivities unfold. Cable television viewers in Montgomery County can also watch the ceremony on Montgomery College Television, cable channel 10.

For more information about the 2007 Commencement, log on to: or call the Montgomery College Special Events Office at 301-251-7489.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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