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College Announces Delegate Justin Ready as Commencement Speaker

Release Date: 5/1/2012

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

Carroll Community College Announces Delegate Justin Ready as Commencement Speaker

Luke Fisher to Serve as Student Speaker;
Trish DeNardis to Receive President’s Academic Excellence Award

Westminster, Md., Carroll Community College (Carroll) will celebrate its Nineteenth Commencement Ceremony on May 23, 2012 at 3 p.m. at McDaniel College.

Carroll County Delegate Justin Ready, who represents District 5A in the Maryland House of Delegates, will serve as Commencement Speaker. Ready earned his associate degree from Carroll in 2002. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Salisbury University in 2004.

He serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee. Ready serves on two standing sub-committees in Government Operations and Minority Health Disparities. He also is a member of the Rural Health Care Workgroup.

“Delegate Ready is an example of the excellent students that we graduate from Carroll Community College,” said Carroll President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. “He is a person of integrity. Delegate Ready is enthusiastic, forward-thinking and of high moral standards. He is proud to be a graduate from our College. I believe that he will be inspiring as well as thought-provoking.”

Luke Fisher to Serve as Student Speaker

Graduating student Luke Fisher, editor-in-chief of the student newspaper The-Quill and a journalism student, will address his fellow graduates as student speaker. He said he will share with graduates what an honor it is to receive a Carroll degree. He will inspire graduates to help create a better world, whether they go right to work or pursue further education.

Fisher has been involved in many leadership activities as a Carroll student. He said his greatest accomplishment was launching the student newspaper at the college. He was the founder of the Green Team Environmental club at Carroll. He hosted a voter registration drive on campus. Fisher is a peer mentor in the Great Start program and also a peer tutor in the Academic Center.

Most recently, Fisher received national recognition among community college students. He was selected a member of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, which annually recognizes 20 outstanding two-year college students. He received a scholarship for $2,500 and national recognition through coverage in USA TODAY newspaper, along with the other award winners.

Fisher plans to attend the University of Maryland, College Park and to eventually become a reporter.

Trish DeNardis to Receive President’s Academic Excellence Award

Trish DeNardis has been selected as the recipient of the President’s Academic Award, which is presented during the commencement ceremony. DeNardis began attending Carroll in fall, 2012. DeNardis plans to transfer next year to the University of Maryland to study nursing and pursue her bachelor’s degree. She hopes one day to obtain a master’s degree.

Carroll faculty members who know DeNardis say she is the kind of student who makes teaching worthwhile. Carroll faculty members say she is a gift to everyone with whom she comes into contact.

DeNardis describes Carroll faculty as helpful, personal and engaging. She says she enjoyed the warm atmosphere she experienced while attending the college.


Note to the Media: For best response to media inquiries, please contact Sylvia Blair at 410-386-8411.

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