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Howard Community College to Graduate Its Largest Class Ever on Tuesday, May 21

May 7, 2013

President & CEO of Sandy Spring Bank to Address Graduates after Mentoring The Class Throughout 2012-2013 As “HCC Distinguished Alumnus of the Year”

(Columbia, Maryland)  — At a time when Howard Community College (HCC) continues to be one of the fastest growing community colleges in Maryland, HCC will graduate the largest class in its 42-year history on Tuesday, May 21, at 2 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. For the 2012-2013 academic year, there are a total of 1,184 candidates for May commencement, with over 400 candidates expected to participate in the annual ceremony; a total of 1,272 degrees/certificates will have been earned this year. Interestingly enough, the college graduated a total of 991 students for the 2011-2012 academic year; 1,081 degrees/certificates were earned.

Dan Schrider, president and chief executive officer of Sandy Spring Bank, will address the college’s 42nd graduating class. Sandy Spring Bank is a subsidiary of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. and is the largest bank headquartered in Maryland with assets at nearly $4 billion. Mr. Schrider has held the position of president and chief executive officer since January 1, 2009, having joined the executive team in 2003 as chief credit officer and leader in commercial services. A graduate of Atholton High School, Mr. Schrider attended HCC and transferred to the University of Maryland to secure a bachelor’s degree in marketing, followed by a master’s degree in business administration at Mount St. Mary’s University. As HCC’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Mr. Schrider has mentored numerous groups of HCC students during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

A recent statewide economic impact study confirms that HCC continues to be a wise investment for its graduates and the county. The report, entitled Economic Contribution of Maryland’s Community Colleges: Analysis of Investment Effectiveness and Economic Growth, states:

A recent statewide economic impact study confirms that HCC continues to be a wise investment for its graduates and the county. The report, entitled Economic Contribution of Maryland’s Community Colleges: Analysis of Investment Effectiveness and Economic Growth, states:

  • The Howard County economy receives roughly $55.8 million in income each year due to Howard Community College and its students.
  • Howard County taxpayers will see an 11.3 percent return on the County’s investment in HCC.
  • Over the course of a student’s working career, the average HCC student’s lifetime earnings will increase $5.20 for every dollar invested in their HCC education.
  • Over the course of a working lifetime, an associate degree graduate in Howard County earns $511,300 more than someone with only a high school diploma.
  • Nearly 74 percent of HCC students stay in the region and contribute to the local economy.

Prior to the 2:00 p.m. commencement ceremony, the 2013 Nursing Recognition and Pinning Ceremony honoring HCC graduating nurses will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

About HCC

Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, Laurel College Center, and Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.