Commencement May 22


President Douglas D. Browning will award associate degrees or certificates to 1,058 students enrolled in allied health & wellness, communications, humanities & art, computing & business technology, English, mathematics, science or social sciences. Twenty-five students will graduate from the Honors College.

This year’s graduates hail from Maryland, Alabama, Georgia, California, Connecticut New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, Illinois, Kentucky and Massachusetts. They range in age from 18 to 70.
Ann Commito, Associate Professor and Chair of the Mathematics Department, will present candidates for degrees and certificates.

Logan Oglesby (Culinary Arts) and Marisa Shields (Social Work) will deliver commencement addresses. Both speakers are Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members and were chosen to represent FCC on the USA Today/Academic All-American Team.

A light hors d'oeuvres reception for graduates and their families will follow in the Cougar Grille immediately after the ceremony.

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Participant Bios

Ann Commito, Associate Professor and Chair of the Mathematics Department, has been a member of the faculty at FCC for 26 years. In 1971, she graduated from Cornell University with a degree in human development and began to teach. For years, Commito taught science and math in the public school systems of North Carolina and Maine. After moving to Frederick in 1980, she decided to follow her dream and go back to school to study mathematics. She earned a second bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hood College and took graduate level mathematics courses at the University of Maryland. In 1987 she earned a master’s degree in Computer Science from Hood, and she joined the faculty at FCC in 1988.   

A devoted member of the FCC College community, Commito’s commitment has been appreciated. She was honored with both the President’s Award and the Innovation Award, and she was chosen to co-chair the 2006 Middle States reaccreditation self-study process. She has served as a leader on college committees and initiatives, and has been the Mathematics Department Chair since 2009. During two sabbatical leaves, she worked with researchers at the University of Pisa in Italy, using mathematics and computer models to analyze the dynamics of sea-floor organisms. She has presented at many discipline meetings and was both State Delegate and Maryland Affiliate President for the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. In 2003 she was honored as an Outstanding College Mathematics Professor by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics. When Commito retires this June, she will miss her students most of all.

Logan Oglesby plans to transfer to Johnson and Wales University to complete bachelor’s degrees in Culinary Arts and Business Management. At FCC, he served as vice president of service for the Alpha Delta Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges. This past March, Oglesby traveled to Goldsboro, North Carolina on behalf of FCC’s Center for Student Engagement to participate in a Spring Break Habitat for Humanity Build project. He is grateful for support and mentoring from Jon Kimbrough, Melissa Main, Dr. Ken Kerr, Donna Sowers and Sandy Toms during his time at FCC.

Marisa Shields plans to complete a bachelor’s degree in social work before ultimately earning a master’s degree. At FCC, she served as vice president of fellowship for the Alpha Delta Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Shields has additionally volunteered at Hope Alive, where she worked as a daycare assistant and aided with lessons and supervision of children who have experienced homelessness and other challenges. She is grateful for support and mentoring from Dr. Jill Schultz, Dr. Ken Kerr, Dr. Bruce Thompson, and Dr. Ted Taft.