Approximately 2,006 students will graduate with 2,213 degrees and certificates on Thursday, May 24, at the 56th Commencement of Anne Arundel Community College.*
College officials expect about 580 graduates to participate in the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. Due to continued rain and water-soaked fields, the graduation tent could not be installed. This year’s ceremony will be on Siegert Field at AACC in Arnold.
The college’s valedictorian will address the graduates and guests. The valedictorian, presidential scholar and student marshals are selected through interviews with students who earned a 4.0 GPA and accumulated at least 50 credits at AACC. Not every qualified student chose to compete for these honors.
Olumide Fagboyegun of Annapolis earned an Associate of Arts in Transfer Studies and is continuing his education at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he plans to enter the premed program.
The presidential scholar recipient is a graduate who completed an associate degree program within two years. Micah J. Moten of Lanham, this year’s honoree, earned an Associate of Science in Engineering Transfer.
Leading the graduates are 12 student marshals:
In addition to these students, AACC recognized 560 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 Patricia Gregory, professor of computer science. Faculty marshals follow. They are the recipients of the League for Innovation’s John and Suanne Roueche Excellence in Teaching awards: Audra Butler, assistant professor, TEACH; Cathy Jo Jones, associate professor, nursing; Carrie Leary, associate professor, cybersecurity, networking and digital forensics; Jill Loukides, Ph.D., professor, biology; Carèe Oslislo-Wizenberg, Ph.D., assistant professor, health, fitness and exercise studies; Anthony Santorelli, associate professor, physical sciences; Darian Senn-Carter, Ph.D., associate professor, Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute; Melissa Spurlock, associate professor, mathematics; and Rachelle Tannenbaum, Ph.D., professor, psychology.
The ceremony will be shown live in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts and air live on the college website 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). It also will air live on YouTube.