Howard Community College 2017 Commencement

Howard Community College 2017 Commencement


(Processional music) (Applause and cheering) Please rise (Music) Let the 2017 Howard Community College Commencement
Exercises come to order. Members of the board of trustees, honored
guests, faculty, staff, family, friends, and members of the graduating class: welcome
to the 46th Commencement Exercises for Howard Community College! (Applause and cheering) We will begin with the National Anthem, but
first I want to call your attention to all the flags here. They are a tribute to the diversity of our
students, who represent 104 different countries. Please remain standing as graduating student
Naomi Muwowo leads our singing. (US National Anthem is performed) (Applause) Please be seated. Thank you, Naomi, for your beautiful singing.
Congratulations on your graduation and acceptance to Hofstra University. Today’s ceremony- (applause) Yes. Today’s
ceremony marks the culmination of the students’ Howard Community College education and the
celebration of their new futures as college graduates. We are honored to have so many distinguished
guests in attendance this afternoon. Thank you for joining us, and please stand
as I call your name. To my left: Howard County Executive Allan
Kittleman, Our commencement speaker, Major General Linda
Singh, HCC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dennis Schrader, Trustee Felícita Solá-Carter, Vice President of Student Services Dr. Cindy
Peterka, Student Government Association President,
Siavash Aarabi Student Speaker Sarah Ahmed, Faculty Forum President Stacy Korbelak, Vice President of Information Technology Tom
Glaser, Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, Delegate Eric Ebersole, Delegate Terri Hill. To my right, please welcome: HCC Board of
Trustees Chair Mamie Perkins, County Council Chair Jon Weinstein, Trustee Courtney Watson, Trustee Kevin Doyle, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jean
Svacina, Honorary Degree Recipient Dr. Emily Slunt, Honorary Degree Recipient Barb Van Winkle, Chair of the Howard Community College Educational
Foundation Sean Keller, Vice President of Administration and Finance
Lynn Coleman, Maryland Senator Guy Guzzone, County Council Vice Chair Dr. Calvin Ball, County Councilwoman Jen Terrasa, 2016-2017 Inspiring Faculty Member Lyudmila
Bard, 2016-2017 Inspiring Adjunct Faculty Member
William McGowan, Delegate Eric Ebersole. I did get him? Ok.
I called him twice, just wanted to make sure I got Eric, ok. Please join me in recognizing the platform
party for their support of our students and the college. (Applause) I also want to recognize some of the other
important people who are with us today. First, our faculty and staff. Thank you for
inspiring and supporting our students on their pathway to success. Please stand
for a round of applause. (Applause) Next, it’s important that we recognize the
families and loved ones of our graduates. Will all the family members of our graduates
please rise so we can applaud you? (Applause) Some of our graduates have connections with
the HCC family. Please stand when I call your name: Giancarlo Albano is the son of Lisette Albano,
who is a Spanish senior adjunct faculty member. Jodi Allaire is the technology and data manager
in the president’s office. Shoshanna Allaire is the niece of Jodi Allaire
from the president’s office. Spencer Becraft is a mentor with the Project
Access program. Caitlin Borg is the neice of director of development
Missy Mattey. Vanessa Velez Cabal is a part-time tutor for
the EMSP program. Eric Crouse is a physics lab aide. Shalmika Elango is a tutor in the Learning
Assistance Center. Nicholas Garnsey is the son of Cindy Garnsey,
chair of the office technology department. Belinda Green works as a materials handling
clerk in the mailroom. Savanna Holt is a lifeguard in the Athletics
and Fitness Center. Elizabeth Kreiner is the daughter of Michelle
Kreiner in the Children’s Learning Center. Darius McKeiver serves as the dance and theatre
support/office manager. Katherine Meloy is the lab assistant in the
Television and Radio department. Alexia Petasis is the daughter of Maryse Petasis,
a master adjunct faculty member in French. Abigail Pollock is the daughter of Ann Pollock,
a tutor in the Learning Assistance Center. Karna Rishi is the son of math adjunct faculty
member Anu Rishi. Maria Salazar works in the English Language
Center. Nathan Snell is the son of Michael Snell,
who is the Facilities evening engineer. Graduating students Karina Lopez, Ayesha Raza,
Ali Asad Rizvi, Adryen Seka all work as math tutors in the Mathematics
Division. And Lauren Welch is the daughter of Lori Welch,
who works in the Café on the Quad. And let me have all the work-study students,
student workers and employees who are graduating to please stand. Thank you for all that you do to contribute
to the college’s success. (Applause) While we have recognized many people who are
with us today, I would be remiss if I did not mention the
many well-wishers who could not join us, but are watching from around the world via
our livestream of today’s ceremony. Greetings to everyone watching online! How
about we give them the wave? Yes, good! Thanks. Now, I want to give you one more reason to
celebrate. HCC has been working hard to encourage every student to complete their
education, and the numbers of students receiving Associate degrees and certificates has been
steadily increasing year after year. Today, I am proud to share that you graduates
are HCC’s largest ever graduating class! (Applause and cheers) We have a total of 1,347 students are candidates
for graduation this year. So you are now part of HCC history. Congratulations! (Applause and Cheers) And now, I invite Mamie Perkins, chair of
the board of trustees, to the podium. Thank you, Ms. Perkins and all the trustees,
for your service and leadership to the college. Ms. Perkins? (Applause) Thank you. Thank you Dr. Hetherington. On behalf of the board of trustees, congratulations
to the Class of 2017! As a longtime educator, I understand the importance
of today’s ceremony to you and to your family. Graduation is your first step toward a new
career, advancing your current career, or transferring into a four-year university. Just as you built a new future at HCC, I am
confident that you will build a brighter tomorrow for the county in which we live. With your
new degree or certificate in hand, you are poised to become the workforce of
the future. When you started at HCC, we promised you one thing: can you remember what it is? You can… (Crowd:) “get there from here.” You can get there from here. And here you
have. Take pride in your accomplishments! To the Class of 2017, I challenge you to continue
embracing the HCC mission of providing pathways to success, and remember that you are now leading the
way for others. Congratulations! I now turn the podium over to Student Government
President Siavash Aarabi, who will introduce our next speakers. (Applause) Thank you, Ms. Perkins. It is my pleasure
to introduce two of the Howard County elected officials who have joined us today. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has
been a strong supporter of the college as county executive and previously in his role as a state senator.
He values the important role the college plays in building the workforce of the future. We also are joined by Howard County Council
Chair Jon Weinstein, who has been a good friend to the college throughout his service on the county council and now
as its leader. He understands the transformation that community college education can have on a
student, a family, and on the greater community. We are honored to have both county officials
with us today. Mr. Kittleman will speak first, followed by Mr. Weinstein, who will introduce
our student speaker. Please give a warm welcome to our county officials. (Applause) Thank you very much and good afternoon. (Crowd:) Good afternoon. Good afternoon! (Crowd:) Good afternoon! This is a good day. This is a good day and
I also, before I say anything else I want to thank Dr. Kate Hetherington for being an
incredible leader at Howard Community College. (Applause) She and all of her team, as well as the board
of trustees have continued to work hard to make sure you guys have the opportunities
you have, and I just want to tell you how happy I am to be with you, to celebrate with you
and also, as a father of an HCC graduate I want to tell you, I know what it’s like
to be there and I appreciate the support and love you have given your students, and being here means an awful
lot to them and to all of us, so thank you to all the parents for your sacrafice
and all that you’ve cared about. You know, I think about HCC and about, I’m
old, I’m older than HCC, and I remember when it started. And my sister attended there right out of
Atholton High School back in the early 70’s, and I was talking to someone the other day
and they told me that the first graduating class, I guess in 1972 graduated off-campus because they didn’t have
a room big enough. There were like 36 or 37 people graduating. And they went to the Wilde Lake Interfaith
Center and the Slayton House there. Slayton House, not the Interfaith Center. And then I hear this year, you have such a
record number, over 1,300, that you couldn’t be on campus because you didn’t have a room
big enough, so nothing really changes over time, but now you’re here and it just shows you how great Howard Community
College is, what a great education you had and on behalf of all the residents of Howard
County, I want to congratulate each of the 2017 graduates for all that you have done, for your perserverance,
for your persistence, for your hard work, and I really wish you all the best in whatever you do in
the future, but all I would ask is please, stay in Howard County and continue to make
our community a great place. Thank you very much. (Applause) Good afternoon, and on behalf of the County
Council, my colleagues that are here, Dr. Calvin Ball, and my good friend Jen Terrasa
and our colleagues who couldn’t be here, Mary Kay Sigaty, and Greg Fox, congratulations on a great accomplishment. So, each of you has a story to tell. It’s
something that everbody comes with to any particular point in their life, and whether you came straight to HCC from
high school, started a career first, or came back years later to finish, this is a journey that you all have decided
to take. I had the opportunity some years ago to teach at Montgomery Community College and had that
sort of diversity of students in my classes and really enjoyed the fact that everybody
came with a passion: a passion for learning and a passion to achieve a goal that they set out
to do. So no matter what brought you to HCC, you all have faced challenges along the way, I’m sure. With the support
of family, friends who have joined you today and you at the center of all the attention here, and the support
of the HCC faculty and staff, you overcame these challenges, and here you
are today because you persevered. For each of you, the obstacles have varied.
For our student speaker today, Sarah Ahmed, she was the first in her family to navigate
the American education system. Today, she is a proud, graduating member of the Rouse Scholars honors program, with
a 4.0 grade point average. 4.0! (Applause) That’s amazing. So I’m also proud to share the good news
that Sarah has been accepted to two four-year universities, one of them my alma mater, Boston University.
The other Univeristy of Maryland, and she has decided to go to University of Maryland. While I might
be disappointed we won’t share an alma mater, I know she’s going to make University of Maryland
as proud as she’s made HCC. And both of those schools have offered her scholarships, and congratulations for
that great achievement. (Applause) I also learned in talking with Sarah, who
I was first aquainted with when she came to testify on behalf of the Community College asking for money during this most recent budget
session, or season, and her good work led to fully funding the budget as requested.
So, well done Sarah, on that. But I’m excited too, that she’ll be pursuing
an education in international affairs, that’s something that we share and I know in the short time that I’ve come to
know Sarah that she’s going to do amazing things and represents this great group of students so
well, so please join me in welcoming Sarah Ahmed (Applause) Good afternoon, college trustees and leaders,
elected officials, faculty, staff, families, and fellow classmates. My favorite Middle-Eastern philosopher, Rumi,
once said, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” I am a first generation Pakistani-American
and moved to the United States when I was nine years old. I am the first in my family to attend an American
college and go through the education system here in the United States. My background led me to develop a passion
for learning traveling about the astounding world that exists outside my own. We are all here
today because we recognize that education and learning is the key to helping us live
a life where we do what we love; where we can pursue our passions and embrace
the beauty of those passions. My time at HCC made me realize what it is
I love and how I can “get there from here.” HCC is special is so many ways. First and
foremost, we have the most dedicated and supportive faculty and staff who aim to
help students grow intellectually and personally. They helped me gain confidence in my own abilities
and taught me that, with hard work, anything is possible. I credit
HCC’s incredible faculty and staff with helping me discover who I am and what
my passions are. Thank you so much for all you do. In regard to students, we are all so diverse.
We all have unique backgrounds and different stories. Yet, we are all here
for the same reason. To get “there” from here —wherever “there” may be for you—each
and every one of us graduating today has undoubtedly experienced moments of self-doubt
and failure. But, as Rumi said, we knew the beauty of our
passions, and we continuously strove for greatness. And today, we are all here,
graduating as HCC’s Class of 2017, and I applaud you for that. (Applause) During our time at HCC, the faculty, staff,
and students were responsible for creating the most supportive and engaging academic
and social environment that I have ever been in. I often joke that HCC
became my second home. I wouldn’t give it up for anything. As an HCC student, I was able to take advantage
of so many incredible opportunities and truly stepped outside my comfort zone.
Whether it was attending a panel on a social justice issue, becoming a Student Senator,
participating in service learning: one could truly never be bored on this campus.
Two experiences, in particular, defined who I am. First, study abroad. I traveled
abroad to Ireland with the most fun group of people – you guys know who you are,
along with the ever-illuminating Professor Campbell. This trip made me realize
that there is a great big world out there, and it really is ours for the taking. Aside
from studying abroad, I was mentored by Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, someone who has
inspired me since I was a junior in high school. Delegate Atterbeary, thank you for fighting
for Maryland and working so hard to make this state the wonderful place it is. (Applause) These are the kind of experiences that made
me realize I would like to pursue a career in international relations and maybe
one day work for the United Nations. I also want to talk about HCC’s campus.
I hold a special place in my heart for this beautiful campus. Countless hours were spent making new friendships
in the cafe, studying and being a little too loud in the library, attending various festivities
at the galleria and simply wandering around. This campus encouraged an atmosphere of unconditional
support and community. You belong, and you matter. You know, I look back and recall how hesitant
I was about joining HCC and telling myself that I would get these two
years over with and transfer as soon as I can. However, I was wrong. HCC was the smartest
decision I have ever made in my life, and I am a better person because of it. I
cannot talk about HCC without mentioning Rouse, the honors program here on campus. To the
faculty and staff members who spend countless hours supporting Rouse students
and coordinating events, I am speaking on behalf of my Rouse class by saying thank you for all you
have done for us these past two years. We truly appreciate your efforts. To my Rousies,
you guys are the smartest, friendliest, and most inspiring group of people I have
ever met. I’m so glad I got to know each and every one of you, and I wish you nothing
but the best in the future. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to thank
my parents for their constant support and love. You left Pakistan, a country where you grew
up and where your friends and family are, and you came to America just to give your
children a chance at a better life. But you made sure I never forgot where I came
from, and I use my privilege and my voice to empower others. You impressed
upon me that humanity is interconnected and someone else’s difficulty is my difficulty.
I aim to stay true to your words and empower myself, and others in this world, who are not as lucky
as I am. Saying thank you will never be enough. I am grateful for all you do for me, every
single day. Hi mom! (Applause) While I am very excited for what is to come
in the future, I know I will always cherish my time at HCC. The friendships I made and the close relationships
I developed with professors in this incredible atmosphere are simply invaluable. I credit HCC with helping
me discover who I am and what I am worth. My time here made me realize that if one remains
passionate and dedicated, they truly can “get there from here.” I am forever
grateful to HCC and its incredible faculty and staff. As Rumi stated, fill each day with that which
you love and live a fulfilled life. Embrace the beauty of that life. Thank you
so much. (Applause) Sarah, thank you for sharing your experience
at HCC. On behalf of the Student Government Association, I wish you and all of my fellow graduates
the very best. At a time when we celebrate so much good news,
we thank the family and friends of Dr. Joyce M. Boyd who established an endowment
in Dr. Boyd’s name to support our commencement speaker. (Applause) It
is now my honor to introduce Major General Linda L. Singh, who is the 9th Adjutant General of Maryland and this year’s commencement
speaker. (Applause) 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. (Applause) 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. Born and
raised here in Maryland, Major General Singh has had an impressive
career, and I look forward to her inspiring words to us all. Please join me in welcoming Major General
Linda Singh. (Applause) So first, I’d like to thank Dr. Hetherington
and the team for allowing me to share, hopefully what I think is some words of wisdom, as you
all go on your next journey, because this is not the end of a journey, this is
the start of your new journey. And so I want to thank all of you and congratulate
you for what you’ve done to this point. And I’m sure that this is going to be just
one of the things that many of you are going to go on to achieve as Sarah has already mentioned, and Sarah,
if you want to come and travel international stuff, the Guard’s here, by the way. We’ll take you too. So as I think about the
many speeches and lectures you have heard over your short lifetime for some of you,
and I realize that I have a wide range in the audience, but even my lifetime has actually been very
short, so if I think of all the speeches I’ve heard over my lifetime, I realize that I should be standing here and
really uttering some profound words of inspiration, like life is
like a box of chocolates or the grass is always greener on the other side,
and that really depends on which side you’re standing on, is whether or not that grass is greener, right?
But in reality; our perspective, our baggage, our wisdom; affects our ability to choose
what we will gain from those experiences. It is these things that shapes our perspective
and affects how we see the world. So now that you have some college education
under your belt, I am sure that some of you are wondering, ‘what was all of that about?’ and ‘what
am I supposed to do with all of those required courses and electives that I have
taken over the last however many years it took you to achieve this milestone?’
I know when I was sitting in your seat, I was wondering “ok, so what am I supposed to
do with that science class? Because I’m not real sure I’m gonna use it. But trust me, you will.
So how am I supposed to be successful when I can’t even remember any of that stuff
I learned? Well I am sure many of you are thinking, we’ll just Google it. How many
of you have one of these little devices in your pocket? If I can actually get it out of my pcoket,
right? So how many of you have one of these? Every single one of us, right? The problem
with that is that we have more information than what any of us have learned over our
lifetimes at our finger tips. You can Google almost anything, but, in my
day, we didn’t have Google. But even now with technology, how do you take
in and learn and process all of the information to make meaningful
decisions? No matter how many times you change the search criteria or phrase, Google does
not teach us how to sift through all of that information. You will need to continue to learn how to
exercise the level of control you have over your thoughts in order to sift through
what I call noise, in order for you to know what you need to pay attention to.
You can only do this through continuous learning to acquire the knowledge and wisdom
necessary for being a contributor in our society. Just think, if we were to stop learning or
if those before us would have stopped learning, there would no Google, there would be no computers,
and there wouldn’t be a cell phone. And oh my God, what would you do with no cell
phone? I could get some rest, I don’t know about you. And with no cell phone, that basically means
I wouldn’t have to use Google to decipher text messages that I get in like
BTW, ABT2, A3 or any of the other shorthand expressions that you use today.
And I know some of you probably know what every single one of those mean. I am sure you may be wondering, well that
is all great, General Singh, but what are we supposed to do now? How are
we supposed to figure out where to go from here? Well let me tell ya, I don’t know, since
I put on this uniform and got my education, I’ve learned so many things that trying
to sum up, in a very short period, all of those lessons that I’ve learned is really difficult. So
I decided to do what any young person would do today, I Google’d it. There was so much that came
up and trying to find something that just seemed to hit home was too daunting
so instead of continuing with Google, because I was getting my frustrations with
the computer, and I’m like this is it, I’m done. I decided to ask Siri for some help
on determining a topic for today’s speech. So, I don’t know about any of you, but how
many of you actually talk to your phone? And when Siri doesn’t give you the right answer,
you really start talking to your phone. Well that’s kind of where I was at this point,
right? So yes, Siri responded. I asked Siri for what I needed – What’s a
good topic so that I can impart some wisdom to this wonderful crowd today? And what did
Siri do? Siri, Google’d it. Go figure but this is just what life is like.
You can get stuck in a circular pattern not moving forward if you don’t make the right
choice or ask the question. So I tried again and Siri responded with a
good topic is “DES”. Ok Siri, what does DES mean? Well Siri brings
up Wikipedia which says that it means diethystibestrol. What is that? That’s not
hwat I wanted. Well you know, in short, you know what that is? That basically says that it’s an endocrine
disrupter. I think if I start talking to you about being an endocrine disrupter, I’m talking to the
wrong crowd, unless we’re all sitting there fanning, for those of us that are that age. You know
what I mean. Well that’s definitely not, that was not helpful. So I’m going to make
the assumption here that you know, none of us really wanted to kind of hear anything
about that so I kind of said Ok, this is just not working. I want you to
challenge you to say that the status quo is not acceptable. So if I would have just accepted it, what
Siri provided to me, that would be going with the status quo. I want you to be innovative, I want you to
do big things. So I tried Siri again. I’m not one to give up, as you can tell. So
now how many of you actually talk to Siri as if she or he is a real person.
Go ahead, you can rasie your hand, because I know there’s a lot of you that do that. Well my
Siri is a female. Did you know that you can pick the different languages? And my Siri has an Australian
accent and that’s because I love listening to listen to someone talk that
has an Australian accent. But unfortunately, Siri was really testing my patience. And I
just kind of said Siri, I don’t have time for this, I can’t think, Siri. I have no idea what
am I going to impart to this crowd. And Siri then said, “General Singh, I can’t
teach you to think.” Now I am sure that you Okay, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, did
General Singh really talk to Siri and did she really say that? And did she really
ask Siri for help on a commencement speech? Well not really, but I wanted to drive the
point home as easily as possible, As what life is like beyond these walls. So
after after a few rounds with Siri and the smart responses, in Australian, right? With that accent, I
decided that, you know what, I needed to take a break. And I sat quiet, just with my thoughts.
And while I was thinking, I listed out numbers 1 through 15 and I started
to jot down some key points, things that I wish I would have known when
I was in my early years. While these are not in any order of importance,
I would consider the list timeless because I still use them today. The first
is: Figure Out Who You Are – discover the passion and drive from within
that will continuously propel you forward. Have Confidence in Yourself – not doing so
will inhibit the progress, you need to break through in order to crash
the fear and to bash down the doubt Don’t Let Others or Your Past Define Who You
Are – don’t let the noise or that negative inner voice overshadow your
ability to move forward. Dream Big Dreams. Use Your Imagination and
Your Creativity – have the courage to go into unexplored lands, into the unknown,
beyond your comfort zone. Take Initiative, Take Action and Get in the
Game – you can’t play life from the side lines, you must take action. You have a choice to
be the victim or the hero of your own life. It is your life. Be Persistent, Be Relentless – Remember it
isn’t over until you just plain give up for fear of failure. Learn to Fail or Fail to Learn – Things
will go wrong but the lessons is what leads us to getting things right, learn from them. Perfection
is impossible and not necessary – if you try to be perfect, you will find yourself stuck in a spiral,
like Siri. No one or thing is perfect and that includes you. Show up, Be Present and Enjoy the Ride – you
have to give it your all, live in the moment and enjoy, don’t get caught sleeping at
the wheel while life passes you by. If You Think it, You Can, Claim it – if
you can imagine achieving success, claim it, and speak it into existence. Keep
Things in Perspective, Take Risks – Don’t stand too close to the door that you wish
would open, you may not see the other three that are already open. Change is inevitable, uncertainty is a normal
part of life – Learn to leverage change, embrace it, get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Life is Hard Work and You Must Work Hard – If
you want to climb the Mt. Everest, you must have the right tools, mindset and
drive. You must be willing to prepare and do the necessary work to get there. Learn
to be a Servant Leader – You need to realize that while this day is about
you, life is not about you. Learn to be selfless and learn to serve. People
that know me or know my story, will tell you that I’ve come a long way.
The road and path that I took to get to where I am today was not easy. But I can tell you
that if you keep these keep points in mind, if you make a pact with yourself that you
will never give up, that you will ask for help and guidance when you think that there are
no other options, you will make progress. I am a testament to that. In fact, people
will use many words to describe you. What you need to think about for yourself
is what do you want to be remembered for. You have the ability to decide what this is
now and going forward. Life is all about choices. Choices that we
make, whether they’re good or bad are ours. You know, someone once said to me, you are
the conductor of your own life, what symphony are you going to create, what
world problem are you going to solve, what challenge are you going to undertake?
Whatever you do, I would say that it starts deep from within, some may refer to this as passion,
but I also like to refer to it as GRIT. Regardless of what you do, live life as if
nothing else matters, know that nothing is promised not even tomorrow. So as I come
to a close, I wanted to give you the last point because those of you
who were counting, even though I didn’t number them, I only hit 14. So yes, I did
go back and finish my conversation with Siri. Remember I said that I don’t give up. Siri
was not going to get the best of me. However, it seemed that Siri was not being
very helpful and I knew that it was all about how I was asking the question. Siri
and I went around and around, and I realized that this line of questioning,
my tactics were just not working. I have never been one to give up so, I decided
that I needed to change my approach with Siri. Now, I was really having a conversation
with this phone at this point. I’m lucky that it didn’t end up someplace
else. And when I really thought about it, I got a little angry with Siri. And you know
how Siri responded? “General, there’s no need to talk to me like that.” You know, not
even my folks will say that to me and Siri had the nerve to say that. So I said
okay, I’m going to use a more calm voice with Siri, and I actually found myself
smiling into my phone, as if she could see me smile. and I said, Siri, you are so knowledgeable,
what alternate definitions of DES could you come up with? Siri says why General Singh, are you asking
for meaningful options? And I said yes I am, Siri. Siri then says,
I’ll be glad to assist you with options that will help you to summarize everything
you wrote down. Okay wait a minute. Where’s the technology gone? How did Siri
know that I actually wrote a list down? Because I didn’t say that to Siri. And that
has me really concerned beacuse anytime an app can understand that I’m writing
down a list and they think that they have it all figured out makes me very concerned
who’s watching. So just when I thought that I would have to
really give in to Siri and say okay, I don’t know what number 15 is, I’m doing
to go ahead and deliver 14 points today, Siri responded: General Singh,
DES means… Which is the last point to each of you as
you go out into the game of life, I would ask that each of you really go out
and Do Epic S***. Thank you. (Applause) Bet you weren’t expecting DES to mean that.
(Laughter) Commencement is a time when we recognize individuals
who have made the significant accomplishment of earning
degrees. In that same spirit, HCC honors two individuals today with honorary
degrees for their significant contributions to the college – Mrs. Barbara
Elise Van Winkle and Dr. Emily T. Slunt. (Applause) First, we recognize, Ms. Barb Van Winkle,
who has been a member of the Howard Community College Educational Foundation’s
board since 1998. She is a tireless advocate, supporting a multi-million
dollar capital campaign, chairing an athletic committee, and leading
the popular Silas Craft Collegians Dinner at Hunan Manor. Last year alone, the Silas
Craft event raised more than $32,000 for student scholarships and support for the Silas
Craft Collegians program. In addition to her service at the college,
Ms. Van Winkle has run a successful Columbia business for 40 years. Nancy Adams
Personnel helps more than 100 companies hire employees in the administrative, office
support, customer service, and accounting fields. Outside of her work, Ms. Van Winkle supports
women and girls as co-chair of the Women’s Giving Circle Advisory Board; she
has been a member of and a major donor to the Women’s Giving Circle
since 2002. Let’s give her a round of applause. (Applause) Next, we recognize Dr. Emily T. Slunt, a faculty
emeritus who had 29 years of service to the college. (Applause) A well-respected colleague during her time
at HCC, Dr. Slunt rose through the faculty ranks, earning professor of nursing, and being appointed
as the division chair of nursing. As a result of her vision, HCC started the
first evening and weekend nursing associate degree programs in Maryland, as well as the
first accelerated nursing associate degree program, the first and only cardiovascular technology
program, and an emergency medical technology/paramedic program. She
was also instrumental in the development of the Mid-Maryland Allied Health
Care Education Consortium. Ms. Van Winkle and Dr. Slunt, will you please
come to the podium? Oh, they’re already here! (Applause) In recognition and appreciation for your many
contributions to students and to the community, Howard Community College
bestows on Ms.Van Winkle and Dr. Slunt Associate of Arts honorary degrees. As the Vice President of Academic Affairs,
it is my pleasure to recognize a group of graduates who have earned an extraordinary
mark of distinction. These students have maintained a 4.0 grade
point average, which means an ‘A’ in every single class taken at
HCC. Yeah, it’s impressive. Very impressive. (Applause) The commencement program identifies the names
of these 53 outstanding students, but I ask that they all please stand now to
be recognized. Let’s give these high-achieving students a hand. Please stand.
(Applause) Now, will all students with Honors and High
Honors please stand to be recognized? (Applause) As further distinction, two of our 4.0 grads
whose choice of coursework was deemed particularly challenging have been
selected to receive the Award for Academic Excellence. These $1,000 awards are provided by the HCC
Educational Foundation for use as they continue their education. The award
winners are Ghazal Ramezanifoukolei and Gabriella Schito. Ghazal and Gabriella,
please come on stage. While Ghazal and Gabriella
make their way up here, I’m pleased to share that Ghazal is transferring right here to
UMBC; she was accepted to the Honors College and will study biological sciences.
Gabriella is transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park, where
she will study bioengineering. Let’s give both Ghazal and Gabriella a hand.
(Applause) At this point, we will proceed with the conferring
of degrees and certificates. Graduates, please rise. (Applause) Ms. Perkins, as Vice President of Academic
Affairs and on behalf of the faculty and administration, I present to you
the candidates for the Associate of Arts degree, the Associate of Arts in Teaching
degree, the Associate of Applied Science degree, the Associate of Science
in Engineering degree, and the Certificate. By the power vested in me by the Board of
Trustees of Howard Community College and the Maryland Higher Education Commission,
and upon the recommendation of the faculty and administration, I hereby
confer the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Arts in Teaching, the Associate of Applied Science,
the Associate of Science in Engineering, and the Certificates. Graduates,
you may now move your tassels from the right to the left. (Applause) We are now at the main task of the day – the
degrees and certificates. The first graduates on stage will be Jerry
Stapp, Victoria Herring, and Matthew White. They are followed by our Academic Excellence
Award winners Ghazal Ramezanifoukolei and Gabriella Schito, our soloist Naomi Muwowo,
and then Buddy Cunningham. The rest of our graduates will cross the stage
in alphabetical order. Our final graduates to cross the stage will
be SGA president Siavash Aarabi and student speaker Sarah Ahmed. Jerry DuWayne Sapp, Associate of Applied Science,
Business Management Matthew Nicolas White, Associate of Arts,
Business Administration Victoria G. Herring, Associate of Applied
Science, Early Childhood Development, High Honors 4.0 Ghazal Ramezanifoukolaei, Associate of Arts,
Pre-Medicine, High Honors – 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa, Schoenbrodt Scholar. Gabriella Schito, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Temwa Naomi Muwowo, Associate of Arts, Music,
Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Morris Frank Cunningham, Associate of Applied
Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, High Honors Neelam Shabbir Abbasi, Associate of Applied
Science, Dental Hygiene Mohammad Mahmoud Abukanan, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Louiza Akuyea Addy, Associate of Arts, Nursing,
Phi Theta Kappa, Silas Craft Collegian Taiwo Abosede Adegbesan, Associate of Arts,
Public Health Adekunle Phillip Adetipe, Associate of Applied
Science, Biomedical Engineering, Certificate, Biomedical Engineering Specialist Amanda Amy Afram, Asociate of Arts, General
Studies Ayodele A. Agbaje, Associate of Arts, Communication
Studies Hassan G. Ahmad, Associate of Arts, Pre-Dentistry Namira Nazeer Ahmad, Associate of Arts, Business
Administration, Honors, PHi Theta Kappa, Schodenbrodt Scholar Hajira Bibi Ahrmadi, Associate of Arts, Social
Sciences, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Anthony Ahumada-Murillo, Associate of Applied
Scienc, Emergency Medical Techinician / Paramedic Olufunmilayo Temitope Akinola, Associate of
Arts, Nursing Giancarlo M. Albano, Associate of Arts, English,
Honors Chrissandra M. Alexandra, Associate of Arts,
Health Care Management Shoshanna M. Allaire, Associate of Arts Business
Administration, Associate of Arts, General Studies for Certificate Students Trazahara Lenea Allen, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Barah Alzalam, Associate of Arts, Pre-Pharmacy Mariela Anaya-Garcia, Associate of Applied
Science, Early Childhood Development Tammy Lee Anderson, Associate of Arts, Human
Services Tyler C. Anderson, Associate of Arts General
Studies Benjamin Yartey Kwei Annan, Associate of Applied
Science, Radiologic Technology, Honors, Alpha Eta Yayra Annan, Associate of Arts, General Studies
for Certificate Students, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Schodenbrodt Scholar Karina Aquiahuatl Villagran, Associate of
Arts, General Studies, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Joshua Brandon Archer, Associate of Arts,
Art Katie Marie Arnold, Associate of Applied Science,
Dental Hygiene Saad Arshad, Associate of Arts, General Studies
– Science Emphasis, Honors Cameo LaTonia Atkins, Associate of Arts, Exercise
Science Phillip Joseph Aye, Associate of Arts, Computer
Science Danilo F. Azevedo, Associate of Arts, Pre-Veterinary
Medicine Gloria Romero Balbalec, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Michelle Alejandra Barahona, Associate of
Arts, Criminal Justice Ari Joel Baranson, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, High Honors 4.0, Schoenbrodt Scholar Derrik Andre Batts, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice Lucas J. Bauer, Associate of Arts, Nursing,
Phi Theta Kappa Kyle Matthew Baxley, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice Jordyn N. Beard, Associate of Arts General
Studies, High Honors, Rouse Scholar Spencer Harriso Becraft, Associate of Arts,
History Emma E. Bernal, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Semhar Damir Beyene, Associate of Arts, Cybersecurity,
Associate of Applied Science, Network Engineer Honors, Phi Theta Kappa James Richard Bilbrey, Associate of Arts,
Computer Science Thomas Clarke Bilbrey, Associate of Applied
Science, Computer-Aided Design Technology, Certificate, Computer-Aided Design Technology Iryna Bitkova, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students, High Honors Henry Marion Bobotek, Associate of Arts, Biotechnology,
High Honors 4.0 Cheilon Bolanos, Associate of Arts, Pre-Medicine Elaheh Bolhosseini, Associate of Applied Science,
Radiologic Technology, Associate of Arts, General Studies Vilma Bonilla, Associate of Arts, Social Sciences Sarah Jane Bookter, Associate of Arts, Social
Sciences, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Mariam Danièle Boti, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Chelsea B. Brantly, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice, Phi Theta Kappa Christopher Ericson Brennan, Associate of
Arts, General Studies Linnea Shaki Briscoe, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students, Phi Theta Kappa Skylar Neal Briscoe, Associate of Arts, Accounting Shariff Broady, Associate of Arts, Nursing Kadeja Erica Brown, Associate of Arts, Social
Sciences Meghan Jade Brown, Associate of Arts, Nursing Raiyana Carolyn Bryant, Associate of Applied
Science, Culinary Management Ronald A. Bryant, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Business / Technology Emphasis Abigail Leigh Burbank, Associate of Arts,
General Studies, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Matthew J. Burrell, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Business / Technology Emphasis Nicholas N. Busia, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Glenddy Elizabeth Bustamante, Associate of
Arts, Nursing Unique Butler, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Zoe Bryanna Butler, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Cara Ann Caccamisi, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, Honors, Rouse Scholar Larissa Calefe Candido, Associate of Applied
Science, Business Management Maria Jose Canizales, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Kevin A. Carballo, Associate of Applied Science,
Radiologic Technology, Honors Phi Theta Kappa Erika R. Carroll, Associate of Arts, Health
Care Management Cecelia Lillie Casamento, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Julio C. Castellanos, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Business / Technology Emphasis Viren Chadha, Associate of Arts, Business
Administration, Associate of Arts, General Studies for Certificate Students,
Associate of Arts, Information Systems, Stem Scholar Romina B. Charles, Associate of Arts, Computer
Science Ian Joseph Chase, Associate of Arts, Gaming
and Simulation Design, Honors Jason Hamilton Chase, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Furqan Rafiq Chattha, Associate of Arts, Engineering Nchang Estela Chi, Associate of Arts, Nursing Younjoo Cho, Associate of Applied Science,
Culinary Management, Certificate, Professional Cooking Pamela Anna Chojnowski, Associate of Arts,
Information Technology Elena Bianca Ciobanu, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis Dana Robin Jeannene Ciup, Associate of Arts
and Technology, Secondary Education – English Jacob E. Clairmont, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, Associate of Arts, Criminal Justice Olivia Grace Cleckner, Associate of Arts,
Social Sciences, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Jozzy Jeff Clerge, Associate of Arts, Social
Work Amani M.S. Coleman, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, Honors Enola Christine Coe, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Jasmine Deanna Coleman, Associate of Arts,
General Studies High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa Krystle A. Collins, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Jocelyn Vanessa Contreras, Associate of Arts
and Teaching, Early Childhood Education / Early Childhood Special Education Marisa Renee Conway, Associate of Arts, Communications
Studies Shantae Crawford, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Shania Noel Creekmore, Associate of Arts and
Teaching, Early Childhood Education / Early Childhood Special Education, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Elementary
Education / Elementary Special Education Angela E. Cressotti, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Eric Thomas Crouse, Associate of Applied Science,
Radiologic Technology Julia E. Crowe, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Joshua M. Cruz, Associate of Arts, Film Studies Paula E. Cruz Associate of Arts, General Studies
for Certificate Students Kierra Tyler Cunningham, Associate of Arts,
Social Sciences, Associate of Arts, Secondary Education – Social Sciences Xavier Antonia Cunningham, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Alerique D. Dariso, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Travis Blake Davidson, Associate of Arts,
General Studies Jalyn A. Davis, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Jessica Ariel Dean, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Chelsea A Dinh, Associate of Arts, Cybersecurity Maimouna C. Diomande, Associate of Arts, Network
Security Madeline Doherty, Certificate, Office Assistant David F. Dominguez, Associate of Arts, Engineering Traci Lee Duvall, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Ezekiel Ebenezer, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Glory C. Ebinama, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Theresa Effah, Associate of Arts, Nursing Samantha Lee Eggers, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Shalmika S. Elango, Associate of Arts, Computer
Science, High Honors Paola Amilcar Elie, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Heather M. Evans, Associate of Arts, Information
Technology – Programming, Phi Theta Kappa Rachael Rebecca Evans, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Esther Ewoo, Associate of Arts, Nursing, Phi
Theta Kappa Anthony Vanpelt Fassett, III, Associate of
Applied Science, Business Management Ann Feldblum, Associate of Arts, General Studies
for Certificate Students Stephanie R. Feldblum, Associate of Arts,
General Studies – Science Emphasis Cara Radha Figueroa, Associate of Arts, Communications
Studies Anna Fisher, Associate of Arts, General Studies Noah K. Fleming, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Bryan Flores, Associate of Arts, General Studies Kiana N. Fok, Associate of Arts, General Studies Afua Serwah Foku, Associate of Arts, Early
Childhood Education Riley Tate Forquer, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students, Honors Noelle Alicia Friend, Associate of Arts in
Teaching, Early Childhood Education / Early Childhood Special Education Jennifer F. Froedge, Associate of Applied
Science, Medical Laboratory Technician RosAnna Garcia, Associate of Arts, Nursing Keayna D. Garfield, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Business / Technology Emphasis, Phi Theta Kappa Nicholas Daniel Garnsey, Associate of Arts,
General Studies, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Kaitlyn M. Gaurin, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Jeane Gbaye, Associate of Arts, Social Sciences,
Associate of Arts, General Studies for Certificate Students, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis Alexander Daniel Geerman, Associate of Arts,
General Studies Kylie Marie Gilio, Associate of Arts, Dance
Performance Dave Joshua Gondoun, Associate of Arts, Network
Security Mikaelah Patrice W. Grant, Associate of Arts,
Criminal Justice Matthew Evan Graydon, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Belinda A. Green, Certificate, Office Assistant
– Office Technology Raja Kayla Greene, Associate of Arts, Early
Childhood Education, Phi Theta Kappa Jessica Jennifer Guevara-Castillo, Associate
of Applied Science, Dental Hygiene Jose Alfredo Gutierrez Espana, Associate of
Applied Science, Computer-Aided Design Technology Scarleth Abigail Guzman Pineda, Associate
of Arts, Business Administration, Honors Elanor Jane Hade, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Nyjah Jareena Hancock, Associate of Arts,
General Studies Sean M. Harman, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice Khalil Roland Harmon-Hough, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Matthew George Harrington, Associate of Arts,
Information Technology – Web Development, High Honors Demeda Irene Harris, Associate of Arts, Human
Services Nichele Alexandra Harrison, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Jalen M. Hawkins, Associate of Arts, Business
Administration Chad A. Henson, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Melannie Arlene Herrera, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Hanin Hijazi, Associate of Arts, Pre-Pharmacy Alexandra Nicole Hiltz, Associate of Arts,
General Studies Melanie F. Hobbs, Certificate, Office Assistant
– Office Technology Ayesha Ishaq, Associate of Arts, Pre-Pharmacy Humayun Ishaq, Associate of Arts, Engineering Kashonna J. Holland, Certificate, Professional
Coaching, High Honors 4.0 Sean Martin Hollern, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice, High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa Lakeisha Lewis Holley, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Savanna Carroll Holt, Associate of ArtsGeneral
Studies, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Sarah A. Hoover, Associate of Applied Science,
Business Management Amanda L. Hopkins, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Ashley Raquel Hudson, Certificate, Early Childhood
Development, Silas Craft Collegian Jonathan Lloyd Hudson, Associate of Arts,
General Studies, Silas Craft Collegian Joshua James Hudson, Associate of Arts, Gaming
and Simulation Design, Silas Craft Collegian Cameron Joo Huh, Associate of Arts, Information
Technology – CISCO Jimmy Wade Humphrey, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Business / Technology Emphasis Brye Huntley, Associate of Arts, Information
Technology Essiebl J. Jackatey, Associate of Arts, Nursing Ashlynn Deborah Jackson, Associate of Applied
Science, Culinary Management Certificate, Baking and Pastries Ryan W. Jackson, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Yvonne Evoria Jackson, Associate of Applied
Science, Early Childhood Development Certificate, Early Childhood Development Diana Jang, Associate of Arts, Nursing Jasmin Star Jefferson-Flannigan, Associate
of Arts, General Studies Samantha Nicole Elder Jeffries, Associate
of Applied Science, Culinary Management Qiuyan Ji, Associate of Arts, Entrepreneurship,
Associate of Arts Business Administration, High Honors Thomas Richard Jones, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Gia L. Jordan, Associate of Arts, English Benjamin H. Judge, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, Silas Craft Collegian Adam Ryan Justice, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice Martine M. Kadje, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Tupochere Kasambwe, Associate of Arts, Nursing Maryam Kashizadeh Chimeh, Associate of Applied
Science, Radiologic Technology Nabin K C, Associate of Applied Sciecne, Radiologic
– Radiologic Technology Twana Faye Keene, Associate of Arts, Information
Technology Mary R. Kelsh, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students, Rouse Scholars Amber Michelle Kettenhofen, Associate of Arts,
Photography, Phi Theta Kappa Jordan Myan Keys, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis Ziad M. Khalaf, Associate of Science and Engineering,
Computer Engineering Basma Akram Khanjar, Associate of Arts, Information
Technology, High Honors, Schoenbrodt Scholar Denise E. Kirksey, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Alexander O. Klimenkov, Associate of Arts,
Information Technology – CISCO Victoria Stormy Knight, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Marie-Salvadord M. Kotue, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Tyler Edward Kraft, Associate of Arts, Television
and Radio Elizabeth Ann Kreiner, Associate of Arts,
General Studies – Science Emphasis Kyanna N. Kulian, Certificate, Early Childhood
Development Sheela Kumari, Associate of Applied Science,
Business Management Elizabeth Jean LaFemina, Associate of Arts,
Pre-Medicine, Rouse Scholar Jinnah Marian Lamin, Associate of Arts, Social
Sciences Sharon Lancheros, Associate of Applied Science,
Computer-Aided Design Technology, Honors Paola Lara, Associate of Arts, General Studies
for Certificate Students Benjamin B. Law, Associate of Arts, Communications
Studies Sam Ray Leatherman, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Business / Technology Emphasis John A. Lebo, Associate of Arts, Cybersecurity,
High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Carlos Miguel Ledesma, Associate of Arts,
Dance Performance Israael Denise Lee, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Nadej Bijan Lee, Associate of Applied Science,
Cardiovascular Technology – Invasive Technologist Philip J. Lee, Associate of Arts, Social Science George William Linsenmeyer, IV, Associate
of Arts, General Studies – Science Emphasis Karina Lopez, Associate of Arts, Computer
Science, Phi Theta Kappa Katherine Guadalupe Lopez-Medina, Associate
of Arts, General Studies Edward Lee Lovern, III, Associate of Applied
Science, Dental Hygiene Joane Asana Luna, Associate of Applied Science,
Physical Therapist Assistant Zaynah B. Lundy, Associate of Arts Teaching,
Early Childhood Education / Early Childhood Special Education, Honors DeMia T. Luther, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Nyo Mi Lwin, Associate of Arts, Accounting Andre N. Lott, Associate of Arts, Philosophy
& Religious Studies Rayana Symone-Payton Lynn, Associate of Arts,
Sociology Brittany Marie Macer, Associate of Applied
Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Samiha Maghari, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, High Honors Jason Michael Malanog, Associate of Arts,
Accounting Dominic Joseph Mandile, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students, Silas Craft Collegian Ashley Nichole Marchone, Associate of Arts,
Art, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Joseph Robert Marquez Machado, Associate of
Arts, Social Sciences Associate of Arts, General Studies for Certificate
Students, Schoenbrodt Scholar Eugene Marcus Olletey, Associate of Arts,
Cybersecurity Melissa Renee Marsh, Associate of Applied
Science, Culinary Management, Certificate, Baking and Pastries Tammy M. Martin, Associate of Arts, Network
Security Erin B. Masket, Associate of Applied Science,
Emergency Medical Technician / Paramedic Kimberly Ann Mason, Associate of Arts and
Teachings, Secondary Education – English Ann Marie Matthew, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Graham Mathieson, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Quanesha Emani Matthews, Associate of Arts,
Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts, Human Services Martine Staelle Mbounga Tomebe, Associate
of Arts, General Studies Sade A. McClain, Associate of Arts, Business
Administration, Honors James S. McDonald, Associate of Arts, Film
Studies, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Racine Shakera McFarlane, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Darius Kevin McKeiver, Associate of Arts,
General Studies Krinita A. Mehta, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Katherine P. Meloy, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa Jordan Makinsey Meredith, Associate of Arts,
Teacher Education – Secondary Education Brett Edgar Middleton, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Nicholas Evan miguelino, Associate of Arts,
General Studies, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Ryan Matthew Miller, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice, High Honors Nicholas Miller-Katenkamp, Associate of Arts,
General Studies Trevon A. Millner, Associate of Arts, Psychology Monica La’Shawn Mobley, Associate of Arts,
Psychology Latifa A. Mohamed, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Omid Mohammadi, Associate of Arts, Cybersecurity Farshid Momtaz, Associate of Applied Science,
Cardivoascular Technology – Invasive Technologist, Certificate, Cardiac
Monitoring and Analysis, Honors Raemond Edwin Montgomery, Associate of Arts,
Accounting Chandler Marie Moore, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice Seifollah Moradi Rastegar, Assocaite of Applied
Science, Radiologic Technology, Honors Carmen C. Morales, Associate of Applied Science,
Cardiovascular Technology – Invasive Technologist, High Honors, Phi Theta
Kappa StephanieEmaha Ngueulu, Associate of Arts,
Information Technology Matthew J. Morgan, Associate of Arts, Gaming
and Simulation Design Joshua D. Morris, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, High Honors Marc Daniel Morris, Associate of Arts, Liberal
Arts, High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Candace Arva Moulden-Vice, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Zachary M. Muller, Associate of Arts, Teacher
Education – Secondary Education Hiba Abdul Munim, Associate of Arts, Nutrition,
Honors Schoenbrodt Scholar Kirsten E. Murrill, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students, Rouse Scholar Michael-Anthony Murtha, Associate of Arts,
Television and Radio, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Zeyar Myint, Associate of Applied Science,
Biomedical Engineering, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Victor Navin Nanan, Associate of Arts, Business
Administration, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Yvonne B. Nde Abegley, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Laura Chinyere Nduka, Associate of Arts, Pre-Pharmacy,
Honors Katherine A. Neilson, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Valentina M. Nji, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Alexus nicole Norville, Associate of Arts,
General Studies – Business / Technology Emphasis Elizabeth Loye Obara, Associate of Arts, Nursing,
Honors John David Ogaitis, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Oladele Oluwatoyin Ogunnubi, Associate of
Arts, Nursing Abisola Felicia Olabisi, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Denise Janelle Oliver-Stergiou, Associate
of Applied Science, Medical Laboratory Technician, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Vionna Rachel Omema, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Michelle Yadira Orozco, Associate of Arts,
Social Work Emelda Achieng’ Otieno, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Ian A. Overton, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice Emily Achieng Oyamo, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Toniee Brenda Parker, Associate of Applied
Science, Early Childhood Development Wayne J. Parlette, Associate of Arts, Graphic
and Interactive Design Stephanie Denise Payton-Rigsby, Certificate,
Professional Cooking Rachel Elizabeth Pekarek, Associate of Arts,
General Studies, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Ryan Christopher Peltier, Associate of Arts,
Information Technology Maricruz Perez Cortes, Associate of Arts,
General Studies, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Logan B. Perkins, Associate of Arts, Music,
Associate of Arts, General Studies Associate of Arts, General Studies for Certificate Students,
High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Nicole Elizabeth Perry, Associate of Arts,
Social Sciences Zahra Christine Pervaiz, Associate of Arts,
General Studies, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Skylar N. Petrik, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis, Phi Theta Kappa Samir Joseph Prabhakar, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Aminata President, Associate of Arts, Nursing Deborah Francine Proctor, Associate of Arts,
Communications Studies, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Judith Ann Marie Proia, Associate of Arts,
General Studies, High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa Christina Prophete, Associate of Arts Social
Sciences Fareeha Quaiyum, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Gisele Christine Ramalho Henriques, Associate
of Arts, Criminal Justice, High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa Freddy Ramirez, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Business / Technology Emphasis, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Silas Craft
Collegian Jason Aldair Ramirez, Associate of Arts, Communication
Studies, Honors Leslie Anne Rankin, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Ayesha Raza, Associate of Arts, Network Security,
High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa Sana Raza, Associate of Arts, Accounting,
High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa Marquita Reed, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Samira Regmi, Associate of Arts, Information
Technology – Programming, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Brooke A. Reinholtz, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Jade E. Reinholtz, Associate of Arts, Asian
Studies, High Honors Allison Frances Renehan, Associate of Arts,
General Studies Kelsey J. Reyes, Associate of Arts, Studio
Arts Marygrace Reyes, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis, Phi Theta Kappa, STEM Undergraduate Research Adam T. Reynold, Associate of Arts, Accounting Ali Asad Rizvi, Associate of Arts, Pre-Medicine,
Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Jong Hyun Rho, Associate of Applied Science,
Medical Laboratory Technician, High Honors 4.0, Alpha Eta Jazmin Janel Richardson, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Karna Rishi, Associate of Arts, Cybersecurity Yasmin I. Rivas, Associate of Arts, Social
Sciences Stephanie J. Rivera, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice Josephine Catherine Roberts, Associate of
Arts, Social Sciences Cristobal Bunayog Trinidad, Associate of Arts,
Infromation Technology – Programming, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Daniel Gregory Robinson, Associate of Arts,
Gaming and Simulation Design Eryn Elyse Robinson, Associate of Arts, Life
Sciene Maranda Nicole Robinson, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Nicholas Evan Rocco, Associate of Applied
Science, Biomedical Engineering, Certificate, Biomedical Engineering Specialist, Certificate, Electronics
Technology Sara Beth Rocco, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Hector Manuel Rodriguez, Associate of Arts,
Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts, Social Sciences Darryl A. Rollins, Associate of Applied Science,
Cardiovascular Technology – Invasive Technologist, Certificate, Cardiac Monitoring
and Analysis Christopher Joseph Rolon, Associate of Arts,
Cybersecurity Courtney Elizabeth Ross, Associate of Arts,
Communications Studies Karina Molnar Ruiz, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Elizabeth Ashley Russell, Associate of Arts,
Nursing Brittany Marie Ryan, Associate of Arts, Nursing Michelle M. Saah, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis Yama Elizabeth Saine, Associate of Arts, Nursing Maria G. Salazar, Associate of Arts, Health
Care Management, Phi Theta Kappa Louis Allen Salmi Jr., Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Sara Samadani, Associate of Arts, Pre-Medicine,
High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa, STEM Scholar, STEM Learning Community Jeffrey Jesus Sanchez, Associate of Arts,
General Studies – Science Emphasis Lindsey Marie Sanders, Associate of Arts,
Criminal Justice, Honors Anita Satish, Certificate, Office Assistant
– Office Technology Nuran F. Saydam, Associate of Arts, Nursing,
Certificate, Licensed Practical Nurse, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Joseph F. Scharf, Associate of Applied Science,
Business Management Kathryn Grace Shroyer, Associate of Arts,
General Studies – Business / Technology Emphasis Jared Michael Schwartz, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students, Honors Olivia Meixin Tan Seastrom, Associate of Arts,
General Studies – Busines / Technology Emphasis, High Honors Eric J. Seibert, Associate of Arts, Graphic
and Interactive Design Adryen Seka, Associate of Arts, Mathematics Kevin Noel Sepulveda Santillian, Associate
of Arts, Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts, General Studies for Certificate Students Kelley Lee Serdenes, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students, High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa Colin Andrew Serio, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students, High Honors, Rouse Scholar Jessical Daniela Sermeno, Associate of Arts,
Business Administration Michelle M. Snow, Associate of Arts, Nutrition,
High Honors 4.0 Afua Serwah, Associate of Arts, General Studies
for Certificate Students, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Nadege I. Shampine, Associate of Arts, Public
Health, Phi Theta Kappa Heidi Vogan Shell, Associate of Arts, Nursing,
Alpha Delta Nu Susan Shelton-Der, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis Rachel Lynn Shirey, Associate of Arts General
Studies Yarida Latrel Shuler, Associate of Arts, Human
Services Lacey Rasheda Smith, Associate of Arts, Social
Sciences Ryan Jeffrey Smith, Associate of Applied Science,
Biomedical Engineering Nathan Michael Snell, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Zachary M. Snyder, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Priscilla So, Associate of Applied Science,
Early Childhood Development Robert B. Soderstrom, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Business / Technology Emphasis Pamela Ann Thompson, Associate of Arts, Human
Services, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Saksham Sood, Associate of Arts, General Studies
– Business / Technology Emphasis Toroda Denise Stanley, Associate of Applied
Science, Dental Hygiene Jewel Alicia Stevenson, Associate of Arts,
Social Sciences Susan Lee Stokes, Associate of Applied Sciene,
Dental Hygiene Madison Katherine Straw, Associate of Arts,
Social Work, Honors Joshua Tyler Strine, Certificate, Emergency
Medical Technician / Paramedic Heather J. Sun, Associate of Arts, Graphic
and Interactive Design, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Darlyn Rose Szczepanik, Associate of Arts,
Nutrition, High Honors 4.0 Maria Carmel Tabligan, Associate of applied
Science, Culinary Management Iqra Tahir, Associate of Arts, General Studies
for Certificate Students, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Rima N. Teymourlouei, Associate of Science
and Engineering, Computer Engineering, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Jared Austin Thomas, Associate of Arts, Social
Sciences, Honors, Schoenbrodt Scholar Ngun Hlei Tial, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Jeniffer Marie Torres Pina, Associate of Arts,
Accounting, Associate of Arts, Business Administration Thao Thu Truong Tran, Associate of Applied
Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Lena Truong, Associate of Applied Science,
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Luan Minh Truong, Associate of Applied Science,
Cardiovascular Technology – Invasive Technologist, Certificate, Cardiac Monitoring
and Analysis Christina Moloma Trye, Associate of Arts,
Psychology, Associate of Arts, Human Services, Associate of Arts, Social Sciences Samantha Tsang, Associate of Applied Science,
Cardivoascular Technology – Invasive Technologist, Alpha Eta Jennifer J. Tucker, Associate of Arts, Graphic
Design, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Avita Adaeze Ukpabia, Associate of Arts, Pre-Pharmacy,
High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Amber Ul-Haq, Associate of Arts, Social Sciences Katie Jacklelyn Umana-Lemus, Associate of
Arts, General Studies, Associate of Arts, Nutrition Kimberly Valdes, Associate of Arts, Health
Care Management Karen Irene Vanisko, Associate of Teaching,
Early Childhood Education / Early Childhood Special Education Ian Vasquez, Associate of Arts, General Studies
for Certificate Students Nidia E. Vasquez Castro, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Vanessa Velez Cabal, Associate of Applied
Science, Emergency Medical Technician / Paramdeic, Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician
/ Paramedic, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Eta Katiana Jasmine Weems, Associate of Arts Film
Studies, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Erica J. Vincent, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Amna Ali Virk, Associate of Applied Science,
Cardiovascular Technology – Invasive Technologist Kristin Amanda Von Hagel, Associate of Arts,
General Studies, High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa Jamie Lynn Vonella, Associate of Applied Science,
Dental Hygiene Johanna Carol Wainscott, Associate of Arts
and Teaching, Early Childhood Education / Early Childhood Special Education, High Honors,
Phi Theta Kappa Noah Walden, Associate of Arts, General Studies Franklin John Walker III, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Miranda Lynn Walker, Associate of Arts, General
Studies, High Honors Jacob Andrew Warthen, Associate of Arts, Criminal
Justice Carol Renee Watson, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Camila Weber Kffuri, Associate of Arts, Psychology Kelly Marie Weir, Associate of Arts, General
Studies Kayla Palestine Welch, Associate of Applied
Science, Hospitality Management, Certificate, Event Management, Honors Lauren R. Welch, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Nicolas Anthony Wester, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students Joshua Brooks Wheatley, Associate of Arts,
General Studies for Certificate Students, Honors Adrienne Denise Wiggins, Associate of Applied
Science, Medical Laboratory Technician Brandon A. Williams, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Kalani Alexis Williams, Associate of Applied
Science, Early Childhood Development Jessica Mary Wilson, Associate of Arts, General
Studies for Certificate Students Georgette Woods, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis Mohammad Yamani Sisi, Associate of Applied
Science, Construction Management, Certificate, Construction Management Tao Yang, Associate of Arts, General Studies
for Certificate Students, High Honors Benjamin Joseph Yocum, Associate of Arts,
Secondary Education – Social Sciences Lorenzo F. Young, Associate of Arts, Business
Administration Sofia B. Young, Associate of Applied Science,
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Honors Wesley Taylor Yu, Certificate, Computer-Aided
Design Technology Tial Kyi Zawkhai, Associate of Arts, Nursing Aloysius Zayzay, Associate of Arts, Cybersecurity,
Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Leonard Daniel Zeminsky, Associate of Applied
Science, Culinary Management Michael David Zerhusen, Associate of Arts,
English, High Honors 4.0 Lijun Zhang, Associate of Applied Science,
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Shawn Kristine Zimmerman, Associate of Applied
Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, High Honors 4.0, Alpha Eta Lexxiana Kristina Zollicoffer, Associate of
Arts, General Studies Ama A. Adom, Associate of Arts, General Studies
for Certificate Students, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa Sarah Ahmed, Associate of Arts, Social Sciences,
High Honors 4.0, Phi Theta Kappa, Rouse Scholar Siavash Arabi, Associate of Arts, General
Studies – Science Emphasis, High Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, STEM Scholar (Applause and Cheering) Graduates, you are now alumni of Howard Community
College. (Applause and Cheering) Thank you for participating in today’s commencement
ceremony. Congratulations! (Applause and Cheering) (Recessional Music)

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