Cuyahoga Community College To Graduate 2,083 on Thursday, May 13

May 11, 2004, 01:00 ET from Cuyahoga Community College

    CLEVELAND, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Cuyahoga Community College, Ohio's
 oldest and largest community college, will hold its 38th annual commencement
 ceremony on Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cleveland State University
 Convocation Center.
     "The College is very proud to be graduating over 2,000 students in our
 40th anniversary year.  As always at Tri-C, many will be the first in their
 family to attend college," said Tri-C President Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, who
 will preside over the commencement ceremonies.
     The school's 2,083 Fall, Spring and Summer graduates will be receiving
 two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science
 and technical studies.
     The commencement address will be given by Dr. Charles E. Chapman.  Chapman
 was the founding president of Cuyahoga Community College.  He served Tri-C
 from 1962 to 1973 and is widely credited with providing the solid foundation
 that has made it possible for the College to now serve 55,000 students each
     Kimberly Davis is this year's student speaker.  Graduating Summa Cum Laude
 with both an Associate of Science and an Associate of Arts Degree, Davis
 maintained a 4.0 grade average at Tri-C. She plans to matriculate at Cleveland
 State University this fall to pursue a bachelors in education, followed by a
 masters in education.
     This year's faculty marshal is Assistant Professor of English Elizabeth
 Jones.  She is retiring after 16 years of service to Tri-C.  In addition to
 her teaching responsibilities, for the past 11 years Jones has served as
 advisor for the Alpha Zeta Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the
 Metropolitan Campus, the official honor society for two-year colleges.
     This year's class includes:
          785 Associate Arts Degree candidates
               28 Summa Cum Laude
               36 Magna Cum Laude
               63 Cum Laude
          399 Associate of Applied Business Degree candidates
               22 Summa Cum Laude
               28 Magna Cum Laude
               46 Cum Laude
          674 Associate of Applied Science Degree candidates
               28 Summa Cum Laude
               60 Magna Cum Laude
               67 Cum Laude
          213 Associate of Science Degree candidates
               11 Summa Cum Laude
               17 Magna Cum Laude
               24 Cum Laude
          12 Associate of Technical Study Degree candidates
                1 Summa Cum Laude
                2 Magna Cum Laude
     Here are short profiles of six graduates who represent a cross-section of
 Tri-C's 2004 graduating class.  To speak with any of the profiled students,
 please contact Greg Krizman at (216) 987-4820.
     Karol DeMartine
     A second team member of the All-Ohio Academic Team and president of the
 Eastern Campus student senate, Karol was instrumental in creating campus-based
 activities that helped to support a variety of community organizations such as
 the Salvation Army and the Special Olympics.  She now plans to attend
 Cleveland State University to pursue an undergraduate degree and then a
 masters degree in social work.
     Jeremy Bull
     This Western Campus graduate recently was named one of Northern Ohio
 Live's "best and brightest" college students.  Jeremy is a member of the Phi
 Theta Kappa honor society working toward a career in medicine.  Already a
 certified emergency medical technician, Jeremy has made a number of trips to
 Nicaragua to work on community health projects and is studying the rural water
 supplies in underdeveloped nations.
     Hector Llapa
     Hector moved to Cleveland at age 17 with a dream of earning a college
 degree. This native of Ecuador has faithfully met with English tutors to
 improve his language skills and his dramatic improvement led to Hector being
 chosen to speak to the CCC Foundation Scholarship Board last fall representing
 students who had received scholarships from the Board.  He is graduating with
 an Associate of Science degree and will transfer to Cleveland State University
 to major in Business Administration.
     Stefanie Krueger
     This mother of two is president of student government at the Western
 Campus and is graduating with a middle childhood education major with minors
 in science and history.  She has helped raise funds for the City Mission,
 Harvest for Hunger and Laura's Home.  Her goal is to teach middle school
 science while working toward a masters degree in ornithology.  She has also
 adopted a soldier on active duty and has been supporting him with emails,
 letters and care packages.
     Berteena Rollins
     Berteena suffered a personal tragedy at age 35, losing her car, house and
 money.  Since enrolling in Tri-C's Plant Science program at age 40, she has
 regained her future by fulfilling her dream to graduate from college.  She is
 the president of the Horticulture Club on the Eastern Campus, received a
 scholarship from the Ohio Nursery Landscape Association and is serving an
 internship at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  She was recently named one of
 Northern Ohio Live's "best and brightest" college students.
     Marjory White
     This Phi Theta Kappa member is a single mother of three who has commuted
 from Mansfield for the past year to attend classes at all three Tri-C campus
 locations.  She somehow finds time to also work in the computer lab at the
 Mansfield Public Library and read her original poetry at venues throughout
 Greater Cleveland.  She is receiving an Associate of Applied Science Degree in
 Electrical-Electronic Engineering Technology with a concentration in Computer
 Networking Hardware.

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