May 25, 2016
College’s 54th Commencement is May 26
An estimated 2,148 students will graduate, receiving 2,409 degrees and certificates on Thursday, May 26, at the 54th Commencement of Anne Arundel Community College.*
College officials expect about 600 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 2015, a record 2,338 graduates completed 3,006 degrees and certificates. Retired U.S. Army Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy, Ph.D., will give the Commencement address.
The college’s valedictorian also 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.
Valedictorian This year’s valedictorian is Randolph Wilson Hall of Annapolis. He earned an Associate of Science degree in Computer Science- Management Information Systems and is continuing his education at Capitol Technological University.
Presidential Scholar Al-Fahad M. Al-Qadhi of Glen Burnie was chosen the 2016 Presidential Scholar. He earned an Associate of Science degree in Mathematics and will continue to study Mathematics at the University of Maryland College Park. The recipient of this honor is a graduate who completed an associate degree program within two years.
Leading the graduates are 12 student marshals:
• Juanita Cordova of Crofton earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Homeland Security Management-Intelligence Analytics.
• Stephanie Kristin Fruehling of Annapolis earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Addiction Counseling and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services.
• Michele Frances Jankowski of Glen Burnie earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management.
• Andrew W. McFarland of Bowie earned an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Arts- Game Art.
• Tracy Meenan of Ocean Pines earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Architecture and Interior Design-Interior Design Option.
• Linda J. Peery of Severn earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.
• Alexandra L. Ryan of Pasadena earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration Transfer.
• Lauren Elizabeth Silva of Odenton earned an Associate of Science degree in Nursing Transfer.
• Nina Vivian Uchida of Severna Park earned an Associate of Science degree in Engineering Transfer.
• Ann Marie K. Weideman of Crofton earned an Associate of Science degree in Mathematics.
• Elizabeth Marie Wilkerson of Odenton earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration Transfer.
• Randi Janine Willey of Millersville earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.
In addition to these students, AACC recognized 628 students who are graduating with honors:
• 231 associate degree recipients are being graduated summa cum laude, with GPAs of 3.8-4.0.
• 208 associate degree recipients are being graduated magna cum laude, with GPAs of 3.6-3.79.
• 189 associate degree recipients are being graduated cum laude, with GPAs of 3.4-3.59.
The School of Health Sciences has a recognition ceremony earlier in the day for the 486 students who are part of the 2016 graduating class, including those who graduated in summer and fall 2015.
The faculty enters the tent led by the Faculty Grand Marshal, chosen from among longtime faculty members who are retiring. This year’s Faculty Grand Marshal is Vivian G. Spencer, Ph.D., professor of English. Faculty marshals follow. They are the 2016 recipients of the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence in Teaching awards: Roy D. Carson, professor, business administration; Kathy E. Hays, associate professor, mathematics; David Ludwig, instructional specialist, hotel, culinary arts and tourism; Javanika H. Mody, B.D.S., professor, biology; Stacey O. Nicholls, Ph.D., associate professor, mathematics; Rebecca J. Tolley, associate professor, nursing; and Erica Owens Yeager, Ph.D., associate professor, sociology.
Cable Replays of Ceremony
The ceremony will be shown live in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts and air live on the college website, http://www.aacc.edu/aacctv/live and via AACC TV on Anne Arundel County cable channels 35 for Verizon FiOS, 95 on Comcast (995 high definition) and 95 Broadstripe (495 high definition).
*The numbers of graduates, degrees and certificates are unofficial and usually change after all grades and appeals have been finalized.