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ADVISORY: Class of 2011 is CCC’s largest graduating class ever




43rd annual Camden County College commencement, which will include the conferral of degrees and certificates to more than 1,835 students – the largest graduating class in CCC history. Over 6,000 family members and friends are expected to attend under an 18,000-square-foot event tent.





10 a.m., Saturday, May 21,Blackwood Campus, College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road.





Giving the keynote address is retiring CCC Vice President Sharon N. Wedington of Atco. Giving the student address is John M. Huhn III, 20, of Blackwood, an NJ STARS student who has served as president of CCC's Student Government Association this year.


The Outstanding Alumnus Award is being presented to Dr. Robert A. Emmons Jr., Class of 1996, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Rutgers University–Camden faculty member and administrator. An honorary associate in letters degree is being given to the Honorable Riletta L. Cream, the former education liaison for the Camden County Freeholder Board.


Among the graduates are:


2011 New Jersey All-Academic Team members Morgan Dawson, 25, of Carneys Point, who is on CCC's nationally ranked math league team and helps lead her 9-year-old's Cub Scout pack, and Michael McLaughlin, 39, of Collingswood, who is a NASA National Community College Aerospace Scholar and has been an officer for CCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter.


Lisa Hannon, 43, of Collingwood, who began her studies at Camden County College as a 19-year-old single mother in 1988 and completed her associate's degree in English this year while a grandmother helping to raise her grandson.


Ginnean Rodgers, 29, of Camden, who took advantage of the College's Academic Forgiveness Program to get a fresh start on and complete her degree after her previous enrollment didn't work out.


Nursing students Rashida Tilghman, 33, and Selestine Tyson, 34, both of Camden, whose tightly bonded "sister-friend" relationship began in a CCC class and has enhanced their educational experiences and enriched and empowered their personal lives. They have seen each other through diagnosis of a life-threatening disease, home loss, family upheaval, job loss and the challenges of single parenthood and college itself.


Twin sisters Andrea Palumbo and Amanda Palumbo of Blackwood, 21-year-olds who played on the Camden County College softball team.


Mother and daughter Donna Moyer, 46, and Amber Koller, 23, of Maple Shade.


Angelina Fortini, 26, of Turnersville, a single mother who is the daughter of CCC Professor Anthony Fortini, is a future third-generation teacher and is a candidate to be the 2011-12 alumni representative to the board of trustees.


Published: May 20, 2011