May 23, 2017
College’s 55th Commencement is May 25
An estimated 2,166 students will graduate, receiving 2,331 degrees and certificates on Thursday, May 25, at the 55th Commencement of Anne Arundel Community College.*
College officials expect about 540 graduates to participate in the Commencement ceremony which begins at 7 p.m. under the tent on the athletic practice fields on the Arnold campus. In 2016, 2,148 graduates completed 2,409 degrees and certificates.
The college’s valedictorian will speak at Commencement. The valedictorian, presidential scholar and student marshals are selected through interviews with students who earned a 4.0 GPA and took at least 50 credits at AACC. Not every qualified student chose to compete for these honors.
This year’s valedictorian is Stephen Sala of Odenton. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Assurance and Cyber Security, certificates in Network Security and Advanced Network Security, and is continuing his education at George Washington University, where he has earned a scholarship that includes working with the federal government.
Danielle Kila of Severna Park was chosen as the 2017 Presidential Scholar. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in Transfer Studies and will continue her education by studying biology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The recipient of this honor is a graduate who completed an associate degree program within two years.
Leading the graduates are nine student marshals:
In addition to these students, AACC recognized 608 students who are graduating with honors:
The faculty is led by the Faculty Grand Marshal, chosen from among longtime faculty members who are retiring. This year’s Faculty Grand Marshal is Charles “Jolly” Davis, professor of math. Faculty marshals follow. They are the 2016 recipients of the League for Innovation’s John and Suanne Roueche Excellence in Teaching awards: Matthew Klos, associate professor, visual arts and humanities; Alycia Marshall, Ph.D., then chair of mathematics, now associate vice president for learning and academic affairs; Maureen McGonigle Kinsella, associate professor, nursing ; Gregory Schrader, Ph.D., professor, biology; and Mary Wallingsford, associate professor, cybersecurity, networking and digital forensics.
Watch the Ceremony
The ceremony will be shown live in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts and air live on the college website here and via AACC TV on Anne Arundel County cable channels 35 for Verizon FiOS (1960 for high definition), 95 on Comcast (995 high definition) and 95 Broadstripe (495 high definition).
Up-to-date Commencement Information
For the latest information about Commencement, visit here.
*The numbers of graduates, degrees and certificates are unofficial and usually change after all grades and appeals have been finalized.