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Montgomery College celebrated its 67th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 23. The event honored graduates from the College's three campuses in Montgomery County, Md.—Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring—along with apprenticeship graduates in Workforce Development & Continuing Education programs. The ceremony was held on the Rockville Campus athletic field.

Valerie Ervin -- Executive Director of the Center for working Families former Montgomery County Council member— delivered the commencement address. 

As an elected official in Montgomery County for nearly a decade, she championed the vision that America succeeds when working families succeed. Her policy accomplishments include raising the minimum wage, expanding universal prekindergarten, establishing the nation's first countywide food recovery network, increasing childcare subsidies, improving childhood nutrition, expanding universal breakfast programs, and developing models for closing the achievement gap. She served as chair of the Montgomery County Council's Education Committee, where she was an advocate for Montgomery College and its mission to provide post-secondary educational-opportunities to students who are often the first in the families to attend college.

The commencement ceremony also featured speeches by four graduating students who have been selected as the College's Board of Trustees Scholars. The scholars, who earn an award for future tuition or educational costs, represent each of the three campuses and Workforce Development & Continuing Education. This year's Board of Trustees Scholars are:
Casey Barry, Workforce Development & Continuing Education Apprenticeship Scholar
Lisa Baughman, Germantown Campus Scholar
Lacey Hornkohl, Rockville Campus Scholar
Samuel Damesa, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Scholar

Honorary Degrees were awarded to:
Judithe A. Clark
Gustavo Torres
Dr. and Mrs. Adi Shmueli
Valerie Ervin
For more information about commencement, visit: www.montgomerycollege.edu/commencement.

Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves more than 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 150 areas of study.


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