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Howard Community College Graduating Largest Class Ever at Ceremony May 19

Howard Community College (HCC) will graduate its largest class ever at its annual commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. A total of 1,197 individual students are eligible to graduate or have earned associate degrees or certificates over the past year. Nearly 450 students are expected to participate in the ceremony.

Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, a resident of Howard County and former adjunct professor at Howard Community College, will deliver the commencement address. He took office on January 21, 2015, as the ninth lieutenant governor of Maryland. An accomplished attorney, he previously served as associate administrator for the United States General Services Administration, and as assistant secretary for administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a position appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. Prior to serving with the USDA, Lt. Governor Rutherford served as the secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGA) under Governor Robert Ehrlich. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economic and political science from Howard University, as well as a law degree and master’s degree in communications management from the University of Southern California.

At the ceremony, Howard Community College will also confer honorary degrees on Ronald Carlson and Martha Matlick for their service to the college and the community.

Ronald Carlson currently provides services as a health and human services consultant.  Previously, he served as research associate with University of Maryland Baltimore County’s The Hilltop Institute, and was director of the Policy Analysis Center.  Mr. Carlson has been involved in the Howard County community for many years, previously as the chair of the Howard County General Hospital Board of Trustees, vice chair of the Horizon Foundation, and a founding member of Healthy Howard Health Plan’s Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Carlson has been a longtime volunteer and supporter of Howard Community College, serving on the Board of Trustees from 1985 - 1998. Recently, he has been instrumental in establishing the Paul R. Willging Endowment and Lecture Series through the Howard Community College Educational Foundation to educate students and the community on issues related to gerontology.

Dr. Martha Matlick joined Howard Community College (HCC) in 1971 as an associate professor of nursing and earned the distinction of full professor by 1975. She also served as a division chair and an associate dean. Retiring from full-time work in 2000, Dr. Matlick recommitted herself to the college through work with the Business and Computer Systems Division (BUCO), where she has assisted with curriculum development and assessment, and accreditation of the hospitality and culinary program. Most recently, Dr. Matlick has been focused on obtaining accreditation of the business and technology programs. Candidacy was granted by Accreditation Educational Services in 2014, with an April 2015 site visit. If granted, HCC  would be the first community college in the nation to receive this accreditation.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, HCC will hold its nursing recognition and pinning ceremony to honor graduating nursing students.

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