CCBC names Ixtle Montuffar as the 2023 President’s Distinguished Graduate
Apr 03, 2023Community College of Baltimore County has named Ixtle Montuffar as its 2023 President’s Distinguished Graduate award recipient. The award, which comes with a $2,500 transfer scholarship and the opportunity to serve as commencement speaker, is given annually to a student who has shown exemplary leadership and a commitment to help others. Montuffar will be presented with the award during CCBC’s Commencement ceremony, 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 4 at CCBC Essex.
Intellectually gifted, exceptional and a strong sense of social justice are descriptors used by CCBC professors in characterizing Montuffar. A first-generation college student, Montuffar is very humble, yet exudes a clear sense of self, confidence and maturity beyond their years. Notably, that wasn’t always the case, self-assurance is a trait that was built over time.
A member of the LGTBQ+ community as well as Indigenous, more specifically Hñähñu, a Native group from lands now called México, Montuffar faced many uphill societal battles growing up, causing feelings of doubt and low self-esteem. Montuffar fought hard to overcome those feelings while in high school, and after enrolling at CCBC, felt happy to find a place of belonging.
Montuffar was a member of the Progressive Student Alliance and the CCBC Essex Garden Club and one of CCBC’s Fresh Faces student ambassadors. They graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in General Education and a certificate in Global Studies. Montuffar’s next steps are earning a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and pursuing a career in ethnobotany.