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Carroll Holds Commencement

Release Date: 5/12/2008

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College Commencement Held May 28, 2008

On May 28, 2008, Carroll Community College students who have completed degrees during the past year will have the opportunity to cross the stage and receive diplomas. The ceremony will be held at McDaniel College in Westminster. Students eligible to participate in the ceremony have completed degrees in August 2007, December 2007, and May 2008. Commencement is attended by the graduating class, the board of trustees, college faculty, administration, and staff, local dignitaries, and family and friends of graduates.
Dr. Robert J. Massa, vice president for Enrollment Management and College Relations at Dickinson College, will be the commencement speaker. Dr. Massa has served as vice president in this capacity since 1999 at Dickinson College, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

For ten years prior to joining Dickinson, Dr. Massa was Dean of Enrollment at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Massa received his doctorate in higher education from Columbia University.

Student Speaker

Julie Waddell, class of 2008, will have fond memories of commencement long after the ceremony has concluded. There are two reasons for this. First, she was selected as the student speaker to address her fellow graduates. Second, Waddell was selected by the college president to receive the President's Academic Excellence Award.

The focus of her speech at commencement will be to encourage graduates to be proud of their accomplishments and to take advantage of opportunities that await them.Waddell was selected as commencement student speaker because of her 4.0 G.P.A., overall academic achievements, high level of involvement at Carroll, and commitment to service. 

The secondary education major has also been selected by College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo as the recipient of the President's Award for Academic Excellence. This award honors one student whose college record exemplifies the essence of higher education.

Waddell's many organizational affiliations include participant in the Belize Service Learning Project last summer; Phi Theta Kappa; Psi Beta; Green Team student organization; and Spanish Club. She has also served as student orientation leader and successfully completed the Leadership Challenge program.

In the future, Waddell plans to pursue an ESOL certification within Secondary Education.

Profile of the Graduating Class of 2008

According to a survey completed by graduates at the time of application for graduation, 42 percent indicated they planned to transfer to a four-year college or university immediately as a full-time student. The most popular transfer destination was Towson University.

When asked if they expected to be employed upon completion of their degrees at Carroll, 36 percent of respondents said yes, in a job related to their majors at Carroll. Two-thirds said they intended to work in Carroll County after graduation. Other students had a mix of part-time employment and part-time continuing education plans.

When asked how they felt about the overall quality of instruction at Carroll, 97 percent of students gave a rating of "good or very good," a testament to the outstanding education provided by the college's faculty.


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