Anne Arundel Community College on May 26 set four new commencement records in graduating the largest class in the college’s history, awarding the most degrees ever, awarding the most certificates ever, and in having the highest number of students participating in the ceremony.
AACC graduated 1,956 members of the Class of 2011, awarded 1,468 degrees and 620 certificates. Officials said a record 600 graduates picked up caps and gowns, indicating plans to participate in the 49th Annual Commencement on the Arnold campus. In comparison, the class of 2010 had 1,707 graduates awarded 1,336 degrees and 478 certificates, with about 570 students participating.
Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., state superintendent of schools, delivered the keynote address. Grasmick is the longest-serving appointed state schools superintendent in America. The Baltimore native, who plans to retire June 30, 2011, has led the Maryland K-12 system for two decades. Grasmick made history in 1991 as Maryland’s first woman selected to serve as state superintendent of schools.