2009-05-14 / Local & State

ACM-Bedford Campus To Hold Commencement

The Bedford County Campus of Allegany College of Maryland will hold 16th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16, and graduate more than twodozen students. Three students will give the commencement address.

The students are candidates to receive nearly three-dozen associate's degrees and half a dozen certificates. Several students are to receive multiple diplomas, a fact that underscores the wide range of options at the community college.

Academic programs at the Everett campus and the Bedford County Technical Center are in applied technical studies, business, computers, education, general studies, industrial building technology, nursing and psychology.

ACM offers nine associate-degree programs and eight certificate programs in Bedford County, a selection that provides area residents with substantial opportunity and accessible higher education.

Dr. James M. Snider, vice president for Pennsylvania campuses, will welcome the candidates, their guests and others to the exercises. Other college officials and members of the community who have a close association to the Bedford County Campus of ACM also will offer remarks.

As Exstrom became the college's fourth president on July 1, he is presiding over his first Bedford County Campus of ACM commencement. He had participated in several previous graduation exercises in his prior post of vice president of instructional affairs.

A trio of high-achieving students who have made an impact at the college will give individual remarks in the commencement address portion of the program.

The student remarks will immediately precede the awarding of associate degrees and certificates, the central element of graduation.

Dr. Heather Perfetti, ACM vice president of instructional affairs, will present the candidates for graduation.

The ACM-Bedford graduates are part of an approximately 350- member spring 2009 class at ACM, which also has campuses in Cumberland, Md., and Somerset County.

The commencement ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in Everett Area High School, which is adjacent to the college campus. A reception follows in the campus student lounge.

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