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Atlantic Cape Awards Nearly 1,000 Degrees at Commencement Ceremonies

May 20, 2010

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded 994 associate in arts, associate in applied science and associate in science degrees at the school's 43rd commencement, Thursday, May 20. Don Marrandino, president of the Eastern Division of Harrah's Entertainment Inc., delivered the keynote address.

Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president, presented honorary associate in arts degrees to Don Marrandino, this year's commencement speaker; and Laramie Potts, who served as is this year's Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor.

The Atlantic Cape Foundation Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Lisa Stein of Linwood, assistant professor of social science. The Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Richard Russell of Ocean City, adjunct professor of English.

High honors student Mark Clinton Stansbury of North Cape May, 20, who achieved a perfect 4.0 average, delivered the class farewell. Stansbury received an associate in science degree in general studies. He began classes at Atlantic Cape in 2008 and became a member of the Campus Ambassadors Club and contributed to Rewrites literary magazine. Stansbury plans to continue his education at the University of Maryland, where he will study public relations.

 "Some of you have had to put off school due to your job, your car payment, rent, heat, but you came back and finished," Stansbury said. "All of the graduates here today did it, and I couldn't be more proud."

Student Government Association President Roger Bounthisane of Egg Harbor Township, 21, who earned an associate in science in mathematics, told the graduates: "I've become part of a class that has adopted elementary schools, supported the local community and helped raise thousands of dollars for nonprofit organizations across the globe."

Martha Madronero of Ventnor, 20, 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 treasurer, conferred and presented degrees to the graduates.