CCBC CHANCELLOR BRINGS KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO GRADUATES
Baltimore County, Md. -- The Community College of Baltimore
County (CCBC) welcomes its “nationally renowned” leader,
Chancellor Irving Pressley McPhail, as the graduation speaker for
its 2003 ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. May 31 at the Retriever
Activity Center at the University of Maryland Baltimore County
(UMBC). More than 400 graduates are expected to participate in the
Like the graduates, the chancellor is also
celebrating a milestone of sorts –– his five-year anniversary with
CCBC. Under his leadership, the college has grown into a
nationally recognized, premier learning-centered institution.
“The graduation ceremony reflects the heart of CCBC’s
LearningFirst mission,” said McPhail. “It’s our charge to
provide students with the educational tools and resources
necessary for them to reach their goals. Graduation symbolizes
that the goal has been achieved. I’m extremely honored to provide
our graduates with their departing words.”
twist to this year’s graduation ceremony is the recognition of
student’s receiving certificates. Even though they will not walk
in the processional or wear caps and gowns, the chancellor will
officially recognize them during the ceremony.
“Many of our
students come to CCBC to update their skills or to get
certificates in special areas,” said McPhail. “Even though those
students aren’t seeking degrees, they’ve accomplished their
educational objective. It’s important that we recognize all levels
of academic accomplishment.”
A student competition
led to the selection of this year’s student graduation speaker.
Shavonna Rivers, a CCBC Essex student receiving her associate’s
degree in General Studies, won the coveted spot after competing
against 13 other CCBC student hopefuls. Speaking ability, as well
as poise and confidence played a key role in the selection process.
Additional highlights for the graduation ceremony include an original music
composition by CCBC Essex Music department Chairman William
Watson. Titled “Look to this Day,” this original work will be sung
by CCBC Essex students Jennifer Johnson and Russell Twining. The
chancellor will also announce LearningFirst Medallion
winners –students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership
skills and service in facilitating or advancing the learning
process for fellow students.
A reception for graduates
immediately follows the ceremony in UMBC’s University Center. For
more information, call 443-840-4822.
CCBC is one of 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges noted nationally
for its commitment to student learning. CCBC is a premier,
learning-centered, single college, multi-campus institution
consisting of three comprehensive campuses and five extension
centers in metropolitan Baltimore County, Md. CCBC serves its
diverse community as a center for lifelong learning to improve the
quality of life in Baltimore County and the region.