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For Immediate Release (00-17)
Date: May 8, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (pager: 301-930-2880)

Montgomery College Commencement Set for May 19
College-wide Ceremony in Rockville Honors Graduates From All Campuses

The variety and diversity of Montgomery College’s student body will be on display when the college celebrates its college-wide commencement ceremony at the Rockville Campus on Friday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m. The festivities will take place under a tent on the football field, rain or shine.

“We serve students from nearly 170 nations and at all stages of their lives from teenagers to senior citizens,” said Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College. “We are proud of our diversity and invite the community to celebrate it with us.”

Students from the college’s three campuses – Rockville, Germantown, Takoma Park -- and apprenticeship graduates from Continuing Education programs, will participate in the commencement ceremony to receive their associate degrees or certificates.

Among the hundreds of graduates, four students will be especially honored by Montgomery College’s Board of Trustees for their academic achievements. They include: Asiya Ourmanova, a Macklin Business Institute Scholar at the Rockville Campus; Cheryl Reggio, a nursing student at the Takoma Park Campus; Brian Lopez, a general studies student at the Germantown Campus; and Christene Ann Rager, Apprenticeship Scholar. Each has maintained a 4.0 grade point in their studies at the college. For this accomplishment, they will be presented with a Board of Trustees Scholar Award and $500 toward their future higher education.

The featured speaker for the commencement ceremony will be Dr. A. Lee Fritschler, assistant secretary for post secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education.  Fritschler directs higher education policy and administers the department’s higher education programs including such programs as GEAR UP, the fund for the Improvement of Post secondary Education, the Fulbright program, and the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, among others.

Germantown resident Brian Lopez, a native of San Diego, California, plans to transfer to George Washington University to complete the final three years of a five-year plan to major in business.  He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in information systems management.  As the middle child of a Navy family, he traveled a great deal before landing at Montgomery College’s Germantown campus.

Although a native of Novosibirsk, Russia, Ourmanova currently lives in Rockville and is working as an intern the law offices of Stein Sperling. She was a Macklin Business Institute scholar and president of the Pre-law Club. She majored in business admin-istration while studying at Montgomery College. Ourmanova is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.  She is interested in pursuing a career in business or law.

A mother of college-age children, Cheryl  Reggio will be graduating from the college’s nursing program. She has traveled the world with her family. While living in the  Dominican Republic for nine years,  she participated in programs that supported of financially indigent families, AIDS education. In addition to her experiences at Montgomery College, Takoma Park, Reggio feels her travels and experiences abroad have taught her about the needs and values of other cultures.

Christene Ann Rager works for the University of Maryland as a multi-trades chief. She has received training at Montgomery College in the fields of carpentry, plumbing,
and HVAC/R (heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration) as well as many other core subjects. She has also earned 110 credits at the University of Maryland, majoring in business management.

During the ceremony, the college's Board of Trustees will also honor several