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 year. 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 STUDENT PROFILES 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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