CCBC student Daniel Harrison named 2021 President’s Distinguished Graduate Award recipient

May 11, 2021 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.610.3246 (cell)

Community College of Baltimore County 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.

Harrison is grateful to CCBC for the opportunities it presented throughout his academic journey. He feels he is fully prepared to see what else life has in store.

"The best step I took for both my academic and professional life was attending CCBC,” said Harrison. “Throughout my time here, I saw the incredible value of education, and the necessity to keep my eyes on the prize. I always had a strong support system around me, and I am now ready to take on the world. Thank you CCBC!"

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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, more than 50,000 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. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2020 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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