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PRESS ADVISORY

2001 Montgomery College Commencement Ceremony
Kicks Off Graduation Season in Montgomery

Graduates from All Campuses to Participate in Collegewide Ceremony

FRIDAY, MAY 18 -- 10 a.m.

Montgomery College-Rockville Campus
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville
(Rain or shine; under tent on the football field)

Montgomery College's 2001 Commencement ceremonies -- honoring this year's graduates from the community college's Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park, as well as apprenticeship graduates from the College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education programs and the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education -- kicks off the official graduation season in Montgomery County.

The state's largest and oldest community college, Montgomery College serves a diverse student body that is represented by individuals from nearly 170 nations. Approximately 1,200 graduates, of all ages and backgrounds, will be among those earning their associate degrees and other certifications.

One particular highlight will be the graduation of the charter class of "Montgomery Scholars," a select group of 23 high-achieving honors students who were the first to be selected for entry into this competitive program, which attracts many of the county's best and brightest high school graduates.

Also, Montgomery College's Board of Trustees will present its annual scholar awards to four students -- one from each of the three campuses and one from Workforce Development and Continuing Education's apprenticeship programs -- for their academic achievements. Each will receive the award and $500 toward their future higher education costs:

  • Germantown Campus Scholar Karel C. Fick (4.0 grade point average) of Gaithersburg, a general studies major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa;
  • Rockville Campus Scholar Joy McManaman (4.0 GPA), Darnestown resident, a studio art major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa;
  • Takoma Park Campus Scholar Ms. Portia F. Matthews (4.0 GPA), Burtonsville resident, a general studies major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Takoma Park Campus Scholar;and
  • Apprenticeship Programs' Scholar Mr. William Skillin (3.79 GPA), Calvert County resident.

The keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony will be Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, a nationally recognized and often honored leader in higher education, who has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992.

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