CCBC selects Daniel Harrison as 2021 President’s Distinguished Graduate

Apr 22, 2021

CCBC has selected student Daniel Harrison as its 2021 President’s Distinguished Graduate Award recipient. This award is given annually to a student who has shown exemplary leadership and a commitment to help others.

Harrison will be recognized during CCBC’s 2021 Commencement ceremony set for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 5. Approximately 400 of the nearly 3,000 graduates are expected to participate in the virtual ceremony where Harrison will deliver the 2021 commencement address.

At an early age, Harrison had dreams of becoming a pilot and was actively pursuing that goal in his native land, Jamaica. When the aviation training center he attended experienced a fiery crash, his plans were derailed. He put his piloting dreams on hold and decided to pursue his education in the United States.

Harrison enrolled in CCBC’s General Studies program in 2019 taking classes on the Essex campus. He quickly became involved gaining membership in the Student Government Association, the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, the English Conversation Club and the African Student Union. A serious student, Harrison juggled his many campus activities, along with a part-time job, and still made his studies a priority. He acquired several academic scholarships during his tenure at CCBC and he proudly graduates with honors.

Following graduation, Harrison plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Morgan State University. He says his dream of becoming a pilot never really diminished, he just temporarily put that dream on hold. However, he’s proud to say that once again he’s moving in that direction. He recently started flight training at Middle River Aviation. His goal, though ambitious, is to obtain his commercial pilot license and his bachelor’s degree within the same time period.

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