Howard Community College to Celebrate 46th Commencement May 25
Columbia, MD – Howard Community College will celebrate its 46th commencement ceremony on May 25, 2017, with its largest graduating class. With a strategic focus on student completion, Howard Community College has seen the number of students receiving associate degrees and certificates steadily increase year over year.
Nearly 1,350 students are candidates for graduation this year, and more than 500 students are expected to participate in the 2 p.m. ceremony. This ticket-only event will be held at the Retriever Activities Center Arena, located at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
“I look back and recall how hesitant I was about joining Howard Community College,” said graduating student Sarah Ahmed, who will serve as the student speaker at the ceremony. “HCC was the smartest decision I have ever made in my life, and I am a better person because of it.”
A first generation Pakistani-American, Ahmed is the first in her family to participate in the United States education system. Ahmed grew up in Pakistan and spent part of her childhood in the United Arab Emirates, before moving to the United States when she was nine years old. She is a member of Rouse Scholars, a Howard Community College honors program, and Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for community college students. Ahmed expects to graduate with a 4.0 grade point average, and then transfer to the University of Maryland, College Park—with a full scholarship—to study international relations.
Major General Linda L. Singh, the ninth adjutant general of Maryland, will deliver the commencement address. As the adjutant general, she is responsible for the operations of the Maryland Military Department, which includes the Maryland Army National Guard, Maryland Air National Guard, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Maryland Defense Force. Her military career spans 30 years of service, and military decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. In the private sector, Major General Singh previously served as the managing director of Accenture’s Health and Public Service North America operating unit, until her retirement in May 2016.
At the ceremony, Howard Community College will also confer honorary degrees on Barbara Elise Van Winkle and Dr. Emily T. Slunt for their service to the college and the community. Van Winkle has been a member of the Howard Community College Educational Foundation’s board of directors since 1998. A tireless advocate, she leads the college’s popular Silas Craft Collegians Dinner at Hunan Manor, which raised more than $32,000 this year for student scholarships and the Silas Craft Collegians program. In addition to her service at the college, Van Winkle has run a successful Columbia, Maryland-based business for 40 years. Nancy Adams Personnel helps more than 100 companies hire employees in the administrative, office support, customer service, and accounting fields.
Dr. Slunt is a faculty emeritus with 29 years of service to Howard Community College. A well-respected colleague during her time at the college, she rose through the faculty ranks, earning professor of nursing and receiving an appointment as division chair of nursing. As a result of her vision, Howard Community College started the first evening and weekend nursing associate degree program in Maryland, as well as the first accelerated nursing associate degree program, the first cardiovascular technology program, and an emergency medical technology/paramedic program. Dr. Slunt was also instrumental in the development of the Mid-Maryland Allied Health Care Education Consortium.
Prior to the commencement ceremony, the college will hold its nursing recognition and pinning ceremony to honor graduating nursing students.
We invite those who cannot attend to watch via the live stream.