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Commencement is Tuesday May 22

A student at HCC's Commencement.

Howard Community College (HCC) will graduate the largest class of students in its history at the 47th annual commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. An anticipated 1,365 students are candidates for graduation, and more than 500 will participate in the 2 p.m. ticket-only ceremony at the Retriever Activities Center Arena, located that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

HCC has seen the number of students receiving associates degrees and certificates increase steadily year after year. This sustained growth is attributed to the college’s strategic focus on student success and completion. A number of initiatives developed in in recent years have provided students with additional support inside and outside of the classroom.

Student Anya Welsh will deliver the graduate address at commencement. She will earn her associate of applied science with the goal of working as a diagnostic medical sonographer. Another student-focused highlight during the ceremony is the presentation of $1,000 Awards for Academic Excellence to students Ye Hie Joy Cho and Amy Green, who will graduate with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. The Howard Community College Educational Foundation (HCCEF) provides these awards to assist their further education.

Mary Ann Scully, chief executive officer of Howard Bank, will deliver the commencement address to graduates. At the ceremony, HCC will also confer honorary degrees on Dr. Mary Ellen Duncan, Greg Kahlert, and Elizabeth Rendón-Sherman for their service to the college and the community.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, the college will hold a pinning ceremony to honor graduating nursing students, as well as the induction of students into the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.

HCC will livestream the commencement ceremony. Check back Tuesday morning for a link. The college will also live-Tweet the day’s events. Follow along using the hashtag #HowardCCGrad.

For more about this year's Commencement, visit our press release.

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