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Cumberland County College celebrates its Class of 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Hundreds of proud family members gathered on Cumberland County College’s campus, May 16, to witness students who were presented with their hard-earned degrees.

Cumberland’s Class of 2019 numbered 660. An additional 209 graduates received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cumberland County College’s on-campus University Partners—Georgian Court University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair State University, and Wilmington University—earlier in the day.

Dr. Mark Randa, elected by graduating students as the 2019 Professor of the Year, had the privilege of leading the evening’s commencement procession, alongside Meredith Vicente, who received this year’s Academic Advisor of the Year honors.

“We are here to recognize the goals you set, the hurdles you conquered, and your hopes and dreams,” Cumberland County College interim president Dr. Shelly Schneider told the graduates. “Along the way, you had the support of wonderful family and friends who were there to listen, to give advice and to lean on when you needed them. You make us proud and we are eager to see all of the contributions you’ll make here at home or wherever your careers take you.”

Dr. George A. Pruitt delivered the 2019 keynote commencement address. Pruitt holds the distinction of being among the longest-serving public university presidents in the nation, having served as president of Thomas Edison State University for more than 35 years.

“The path to success begins with hard work, determination and the desire to better oneself,” Pruitt said. “The graduates of Cumberland County College successfully navigated through their degree programs and life’s challenges, setting a positive example both inside and outside of the classroom. Their education at Cumberland County College has prepared them well in providing a foundation for their careers or furthering their education.”

This year’s Cumberland County College graduates span generations—from ages 18 to 82. Twenty-eight of the graduating students are over the age of 50.

Vineland resident Kynaat Moosvi, who earned an associate degree in communications, was elected by her classmates as the student commencement speaker.

“What allowed us to make it to this day was a little bit of hustle and a lot of hope,” said Moosvi. “What kept us moving from one class to the next? The hope that all this would pay off and we would be sitting at graduation in May proudly wearing our cap and gown. Hold onto that hustle."

The top 10 majors with the largest number of graduates in 2019 are: Biomedical Science, Nursing, Justice Studies, Social Service, Liberal Arts, Business Studies, Business Management, Elementary/Secondary Education, Social Science, and Practical Nursing.