Highlights of May 2020

Throughout a remarkable and unprecedented year, CCBC continued to provide instructional, training and enrichment opportunities on campus and in virtual environments.

Rohrs named 2020 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Richard RohrsRichard Rohrs was named the CCBC 2020 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, honored at the annual Student Life Banquet on May 14. The event was held virtually due to COVID-19 public health guidelines.

Rohrs is a 1977 graduate of then-Essex Community College/Johns Hopkins Physician Assistant program. He has practiced internal medicine for more than 40 years, transitioning from a clinical to an administrative role. Rohrs currently serves as assistant vice president of Provider Operations at Northwest Hospital-Lifebridge Health.

‘Heroes of the Heart’ virtual gala raises $700K

still image from the 2020 Heroes of the Heart virtual galaAs COVID-19 gripped communities, events everywhere were canceled or postponed. But the CCBC Foundation determined that nothing would stop their mission to provide critically needed support for students in CCBC health care programs.

In a few short weeks, organizers of Heroes of the Heart: Supporting Tomorrow’s Health Care Professionals – the year’s largest annual fundraising effort – regrouped to produce CCBC’s first virtual gala.

On May 16, more than 100 people tuned in to bid on silent auction items, watch a tango dance performance, view a cocktail demonstration, and hear from CCBC Nursing alumna Kerry West about her experience working on the front lines of the pandemic.

Through sponsorships, silent auction purchases, ticket sales and donations, Heroes of the Heart Gala raised more than $700,000 to support the educational, equipment and technology needs of our students, faculty and staff in the School of Health Professions.

CCBC holds first virtual commencement ceremony

Traditionally held under a soaring white tent filled with 6,000 guests – including graduates and their friends and family, faculty and staff, alumni and supporters – CCBC’s spring commencement ceremony took on a new look in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

During a virtual ceremony held May 31, more than 2,800 graduates officially received their certificates and associate degrees, with 700 participating in a video “walk across the stage” and ceremonial turning of the tassel.

Jazmine Richison is 2020 President’s Distinguished Graduate

Jazmine RichardsonCCBC selected 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, a 2017 graduate of Patapsco High School and resident of Dundalk, Md., was recognized during CCBC’s 2020 Commencement ceremony on May 31, where she delivered the commencement address.

“I enrolled at CCBC the summer after I graduated from high school in 2017–with a 1.91 GPA,” Richison said. “I didn’t know it then, but community college was about to make my world a whole lot bigger.”

Like thousands of students who need a fresh start or a place to plant firm academic roots, Richison discovered the big impact community college could have on one’s life. During her time at CCBC, she joined the Student Government Association, served as vice president and Maryland state president for Phi Theta Kappa (the international honor society for two-year colleges), and excelled in classes as part of the CCBC Honors program. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology at UMBC.