Jazmine Richison named CCBC 2020 President’s Distinguished Graduate Award recipient

May 11, 2020 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4468 (office) | 443.610.3246 (cell)

Baltimore County, Md.—Community College of Baltimore County has selected student Jazmine Richison as its 2020 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.

Richison, who lives in Dundalk, Md., will be recognized during CCBC’s 2020 Commencement ceremony set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31. Approximately 600 of the college’s 2,700+ graduates are expected to participate in the virtual ceremony, where Richison will deliver the 2020 commencement address.

By her own admission, Richison wasn’t a stellar high school student. A 2017 graduate of Patapsco High School, she was known for skipping classes, not turning in assignments and caring more about her social life than her grades. When graduation rolled around, her prospects didn’t seem promising. She was succumbing to the negative thoughts that were constantly bombarding her. 

“You’re a failure” and “you’ll never accomplish anything” were comments she often heard. But the one that stuck out most in her mind was, “The only place you’ll ever go is 13th grade.” 

“That was what everyone called community college,” said Richison. “Fortunately, that didn’t stop me.” 

Richison—like thousands of students who need a fresh start or a place to plant firm academic roots—discovered the big impact that community college could have on one’s life. When she enrolled at CCBC, she had a 1.9 GPA. Today she is a student leader, has spoken before legislators as a community college advocate, and is graduating from CCBC with honors. 

Richison received CCBC’s Outstanding Student Leader Award in 2019 and had a blog posted in Forbes.com, where she touted the importance of College Promise, a scholarship program of which she was a recipient. 

Following graduation, Richison plans to attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the recipient of the CCBC President’s Transfer Award, which provides her with a full scholarship to UMBC in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  

For details regarding CCBC’s virtual commencement ceremony, visit ccbcmd.edu/commencement.


About the Community College of Baltimore County (ccbcmd.edu)

Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 60,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers.

CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. CCBC is nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies, among the nation’s top associate degree producers, and designated as a Military Times Best for Vets College 2019.

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