Hagerstown Community College held its 61st annual commencement on Saturday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the Athletic, Recreation, and Community Center. HCC President Dr. Guy Altieri and members of the board of trustees presented 403 degrees and certificates before a crowd of more than 2,000.
Dr. Donna Rudy, HCC dean of student affairs, reports that 231 students received associate degrees in the transfer curricula, designed for students planning to continue their education at a four-year institution. The top choices of colleges for HCC graduates in the transfer program are Shepherd University, Frostburg State University, Shippensburg University, and Towson University. Other transfer colleges include the University of Maryland, Penn State University, American University, West Virginia University, and Virginia Tech.
Nursing was the most popular curricula for the two-year, career-oriented students with 40 graduates. In the transfer program, business administration and general studies were the largest concentrations.
Awards for academic achievement were presented at the Honors Convocation, held on May 15.