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Media Advisory

Date: May 17, 2005
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952 (office); 240-461-0333 (cell)
Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970 (office); 301-351-9548 (cell)

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Husband and Wife Media Team of Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff to Present Joint Commencement Address to Montgomery College’s 2005 Graduates
Graduates from All Campuses to Participate in Celebration in Rockville, May 20

WHAT:   Montgomery College will honor graduates at its 58th Annual Commencement ceremony.  Graduates of the community college 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 College’s student body.  Nearly 600 students are expected to participate in the procession; more than 1,900 completed degrees or certificates this year.
 
WHEN:   FRIDAY, MAY 20, at 10 A.M.

WHERE:  MONTGOMERY COLLEGE, ROCKVILLE CAMPUS
Ceremony held underneath a tent at the athletic field. The campus address is 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.  For directions, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps.
(Please note that the North Campus Drive entrance will not be open during the ceremony; all traffic will be directed into the campus from Mannakee Street.)

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:  Among the commencement highlights will be commencement speakers Al Hunt, managing editor of the Washington bureau of Bloomberg News, and Judy Woodruff, CNN anchor, who will address the graduates together. Hunt and Woodruff have a son with disabilities, who currently attends Montgomery College. Other highlights include four student speakers who were named Board of Trustee Scholars this year: Sara Owens, a graduate of the prestigious Montgomery Scholars program, with a 4.0 grade point average, from the College’s Rockville Campus; Julius Agwe, a pre-pharmacy major, originally from Cameroon, who attended the Takoma Park Campus; Christopher Schweitzer, a former Germantown Campus student who transferred to St. Mary’s College to study chemistry; and Larry Francisco, who recently completed the HVAC technician apprenticeship program at the College.  The College will present an honorary degree to alumna Mary Gregory Jarvis, whose family—including her five sons who all attended MC—has provided major gifts to the College in support of scholarships. An honorary degree will also be presented posthumously to Anthony “Tony” Natelli, a local businessman perhaps best known for his development of the Avenel community in Potomac, Md.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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