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ACCC Awards 528 Degrees at Commencement Ceremonies

May 26, 2006

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded 528 associate in arts, associate in applied science and associate in science degrees at the school’s 39th annual commencement, at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 25. Albert L. Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of Shore Memorial Hospital, delivered the keynote address.

In addition, Capt. Curtis B. Odom, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, received an honorary associate in science degree from the college. Odom is a proponent of higher education, providing space on the base for ACCC satellite classes and encouraging his employees to take college classes.

The Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Effie Russell of Ocean City, professor of English. The Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Thomas Innocente of Somers Point, senior adjunct, criminal justice.

High Honors student Jamie Bird of Linwood, who achieved a perfect 4.0 average, delivered the Class Farewell. Bird, age 27, received an Associate in Science degree in General Studies. She plans to continue her education at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where she will major in literature with an elementary education track. She hopes to own and operate her own pre-school when she completes her education.

Cristie Ricciotti of Atlantic City was elected by the student body to serve as student representative to the college’s Board of Trustees, it was announced. She earned an Associate in Science degree in General Studies and plans to transfer to a four-year school.

Student Government President Adam Hill of Galloway told the students, “Every single one of you has taken a huge leap to better yourself, your life, and your education by attending classes and committing yourself to years of learning. But your education and learning in life does not end here.”

Brian Lefke, chairperson of ACCC’s Board of Trustees, conferred the degrees and presented them to the graduates.