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Atlantic Cape Awards Nearly 900 Degrees at Commencement

May 23, 2013

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded nearly 900 associate in arts, associate in science and associate in applied science degrees at the school’s 46th commencement, Thursday, May 23. Bakari Lee, Esq., chairperson of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and a member of McManimon, Scotland & Baumann law firm in Roseland, delivered the keynote address.

Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president, presented honorary associate in arts degrees to Lee and Dr. Fatjona Lubonja, who served as this year’s Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor.

Dr. Valerie Travis-Reese ’82 of Camden 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. Dr. Travis-Reese practices psychology in Cherry Hill and is an Egg Harbor City native.

Robert Mullock of Cape May, a member of the Atlantic Cape Foundation Board of Trustees, and owner of the Cape May National Golf Club and The Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, received the third 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.

Judith Matsunobu of Mays Landing, a retired Atlantic Cape professor of English, developmental writing and English as a second language, was honored with Professor Emerita status.

Dr. Martin Marino of Galloway, professor of psychology, was honored as Faculty Member of the Year.

Amy Shelton of Mays Landing, associate professor of mathematics, was honored with the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award.

High honors student Indira Pearce of Somers Point, who achieved a perfect 4.0 average, delivered the class farewell. Pearce earned an associate degree in psychology.

After graduation, she plans to continue her education at Rutgers@Atlantic Cape Community College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her goal is to conduct neurological research in the field of psychology.

“How lucky we are to graduate from the kind of school that takes students who think they can’t and turns them into students who can and do,” Pearce said.

Student Government Association President Bryan Dufresne of Woodbine, who will attend a pre-medical program in the fall, told the graduates: “I have seen what Atlantic Cape students have done in the past two years and I am proud to be part of this class. From the selfless acts of donating our time and resources to those devastated by Hurricane Sandy to simply providing the experience of Christmas to those less fortunate, these last few years have changed us all.”

Harrison Furman of Linwood was elected by the student body to serve as alumni representative to the college’s board of trustees, and was recognized. He earned an associate degree in business administration.

David Evans, board of trustees chairperson, conferred and presented degrees to the graduates.

Note: The list of graduates is available on Atlantic Cape’s website: by selecting Class of 2013 List of Graduates from the Headlines. The list includes students who have or are expected to complete the requirements for an associate degree in the 2012-2013 school year.


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