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Commencement is a Family Affair for EHT Father-Daughter Grads

May 16, 2012

Carl and Jessica Brown of Egg Harbor Township will graduate from Atlantic Cape Community College, after pursuing their associate degrees in General Studies together. They summed up their experience with one word: interesting.

“We took classes together and had great conversations about our perspectives on topics. We analyzed our differences, especially when completing assignments,” said Jessica, 20.

During her two years at Atlantic Cape, Jessica was involved in the “Semester at Sea” program, which gave her an opportunity to study abroad via cruise ship, in the following European countries: Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Morocco.

Jessica will continue her education at Stockton University in the fall, where she will double major in Economics and Anthropology. She would like to work with the United Nations as a development specialist to investigate how poverty affects third world countries.

Her father, Carl, 47, has supported five children, worked two full-time jobs as an EMT for the Ocean City Fire Department and a paramedic at AtlantiCare, while attending Atlantic Cape as a full-time student.

“Class was recreational,” Carl said. 

“I have seen him struggle to balance family, work and school. My father is a testament to how perseverance, regardless of circumstance, can push anyone to achieve their goal,” Jessica said.

The Browns will walk together at Atlantic Cape’s commencement on May 17. 

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