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ACCC Awards 656 Degrees at Commencement Ceremonies

May 26, 2005

MAYS LANDING--Atlantic Cape Community College awarded 656 associate in arts, associate in applied science and associate in science degrees at the school’s 38th annual commencement on May 26. The Honorable William Gormley, New Jersey state senator, delivered the keynote address.

An Atlantic City native, Gormley is serving his eighth term in the New Jersey State Senate. Gormley is an attorney with the law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP. He spoke of the college and its role in the community. Sen. Gormley also highlighted student success stories. \"I\'m proud of what you\'ve accomplished,\" he told the graduates.

The Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Louise Kaplan of Mays Landing, professor of anthropology. The Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Senior Adjunct Martin Berdinis of Margate.

High Honors student Yulia Guzairova of Russia, who achieved a perfect 4.0 average, delivered the Class Farewell. Guzairova, age 20, received an Associate in Science degree in General Studies. She plans to continue her education at Drexel University. She thanked ACCC’s faculty for helping shape her future and the future of her fellow graduates.

“On behalf of my fellow graduates, let me say thank you to every professor who helped us to achieve our goals and to come to this crossroads in the never-ending quest for knowledge. We appreciate your time and effort dedicated to us in shaping who we are today,” Guzairova said.

Guzairova studied linguistics in Russia for two years before coming to America as an exchange student. She enrolled in ACCC because she thought it would be beneficial to not just study English, but practice English at an American college. She lives in Ocean City and works part-time.

Graduates and their guests also heard from Student Government President Fred Washington of Egg Harbor City, who spoke of the challenges many graduates faced. “By sitting where you are today as graduates, you have not only demonstrated, but proven, that what at times seems impossible is indeed possible,” Washington said.

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

Note: The list of graduates is available at and select ‘Class of 2005 List of Graduates’ from the Headlines.