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CCBC celebrates its more than 3,000 graduates
at May 31 Commencement
First graduates of the BCPS/CCBC Diploma to Degree program among the 3,000 plus students
earning degrees and certificates

Baltimore, Md. (May 19, 2014) – Community College of Baltimore County will hold its 2014 Commencement at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 31 at CCBC Essex. Of the more than 3,000 students scheduled to receive certificates and degrees this spring, more than 800 are expected to participate in the actual ceremony where graduating student Jonathan Norton (Overlea, Md.) will serve as the speaker. Highlighted during the ceremony, will be 18 Baltimore County Public High School students who are the first to graduate from the Diploma to Degree (D2D) program – a program where students simultaneously earn their associate degree in General Studies from CCBC and their high school diploma from Baltimore County Public Schools.

Started in the Fall of 2011, 18 BCPS students are enrolled in the program after gaining recommendations from teachers and school counselors and meeting specific criteria -- strong GPA, PSAT sub-scores of 50 or above and specific course completion. Students took courses at CCBC starting in their sophomore year and were given guidance and support by advisors specifically assigned for those in the program.

Today, those 18 students are preparing to graduate receiving diplomas from both CCBC and BCPS. Sixteen of the students will graduate from CCBC with Honors with four having a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average. Each student who has applied has already gained acceptance into a four-year university where they’ll be entering with a minimum of 60 college credits.

The 18 students and the BCPS high schools they currently attend are as follows:

Name High School
Anna Aladiev George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Samantha Beverati Perry Hall High School
Anya Byrd Western School of Technology
Kaylyn Clark Catonsville High School
Harrison Collins Eastern Technical High School
Kate Delossantos Eastern Technical High School
Lindsay Edwards Dulaney High School
Kelli Goetz Dulaney High School
Meera Kesavan Catonsville High School
Christina Krastel Perry Hall High School
Hannah Matecko-Conti Catonsville High School
Kathy Nguyen Randallstown High School
Joseph Pezzulla Dulaney High School
Ian Robinson Eastern Technical High School
Rachael Snyder Owings Mills High School
Michael Stavros Kenwood High School
Emily Stoll George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Shiza Tanveer Catonsville High School

“This collaborative effort between CCBC and Baltimore County Public Schools has created a wonderful opportunity for these 18 students,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “Our young D2D graduates are fine examples of what is possible when you combine academic talent and will power with strong support from two committed institutions.”

“CCBC’s May 31 commencement will be a joyous occasion for all its students,” expressed Dr. Kurtinitis, “but it will be extra special for the D2D students who will finish high school and the first two years of college at the same time.””

*Graduation totals are current as of press time. Graduation totals will be finalized pending an audit of all final grades.
** Photos of D2D students can be found at

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