Atlantic Cape Awards 947 Degrees at Commencement
May 17, 2012
Atlantic Cape Community College awarded 947 associate in arts, associate in applied science and associate in science degrees at the school’s 45th commencement, Thursday, May 17. Dr. Rod A. Risley, executive director of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and secretary of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees, delivered the keynote address.
Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president, presented honorary associate in arts degrees to Risley and Kathleen Graber, who served as this year’s Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor.
Atlantic City attorney Katherine Morris ‘90 of Galloway received the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes an Atlantic Cape graduate who has distinguished him or herself through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments. In addition, Charles Pessagno of Galloway, a member of the Atlantic Cape Foundation Board of Trustees, regional vice president of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC and cabinet member for Create Opportunity: The Capital & Scholarship Campaign for Atlantic Cape Community College, received the second President’s Distinguished Foundation Board Member Award, which recognizes a current or past member of the board who has demonstrated leadership, advocacy and support on behalf of the college and its students.
High honors student Melanie Leventhal of Wildwood, who achieved a perfect 4.0 average, delivered the class farewell. Leventhal received an associate in science degree in criminal justice. Leventhal joined the college in 2010, and she is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. After graduation, she plans to continue her military and law enforcement career in counter-intelligence and aims for a federal position in the civilian sector.
“I am truly thankful for the opportunity that Atlantic Cape has given me and my experience here will most definitely stick with me throughout life as I use what I have gained to help me set and achieve my goals. In addition, the warm, family-like environment that the faculty and staff provided made my time here enjoyable and made me look forward to going to class,” Leventhal said.
Student Government Association President Amanda Gulig of Hammonton, told the graduates:“Student Government has been a major part of my college experience and has made a difference in my life. Because of it, I became more confident in my choices, no longer second guessing every choice I made. I was able to have a better understanding of the student body and their needs, and I was able to meet our administration and work collaboratively with them,” Gulig said.
Nicole Schoenstein of Mays Landing was elected by the student body to serve as alumni representative to the college’s board of trustees, and was recognized. She earned an associate in science degree in general studies.
David Evans, board of trustees vice chairperson, conferred and presented degrees to the graduates.