May 19, 2020
Garrett College celebrates 48th commencement virtually
Commemorative web page recognizes Class of 2020 graduates
While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Garrett College from celebrating a traditional commencement, the circumstances did not prevent from celebrating the Class of 2020's achievements and accomplishments.
Garrett College launched a commemorative web page https://www.garrettcollege.edu/commencement-2020.php on Saturday morning, which would have been the College's 48th Commencement ceremony.
GC's President, Dr. Richard Midcap, shared the following remarks in his virtual presidential address to this year's graduating class.
"I share your disappointment that the Class of 2020 was not afforded a traditional college graduation. You've earned the accolades and the honors that are normally associated with achieving a college degree. Yet, every challenge provides an opportunity for learning – and the coronavirus is no exception," said Midcap.
I think many of this year's graduates learned they are tougher, smarter, stronger, and more adaptable than they ever realized, continued Midcap. And that lesson will help you as you move forward, whether it's on to a four-year college or university, or directly into the workplace."
Six graduates received academic awards and were recognized for their achievements.
Tierra Jones (Waldorf, Md.) was this year's Bucknell University Scholar, receiving a full two-year scholarship to the prestigious Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.
Merlon Devine (La Plata, Md.) and Jose Vitale Perez (Valencia, Venezuela) were recognized as Scholar-Athlete Co-Award Winners. Perez was also awarded this year's Outstanding Transfer Student.
Dreama Tennant (Fairmont, W.Va.) was selected as the recipient of the Inspiration and Excellence Award, while Zachary Friend (Swanton, Md.) was awarded the Leadership and Excellence Award.
Aryssa Corby (Swanton, Md.) received the honor of the Highest-Grade Point Average Award, along with Outstanding Career Advancement Student.
Midcap noted, "I will always remember that the Class of 2020 took on unprecedented challenges on the way to achieving their dreams. Knowing what you've already overcome, I have no doubt that each of you will rise to any future challenges you face."
Jose Vitale Perez: Jose Vitale Perez, of Valencia, Venezuela, was recognized as this year's Scholar-Athlete Co-Winner, along with the Outstanding Transfer Student at GC's 48th commencement. A computer science major, Perez plans to attend West Virginia University this fall.
Aryssa Corby, a resident of Swanton, Md. and a Southern Garrett High School graduate, was honored with the Highest-Grade Point Average Award and Outstanding Career Advancement Student, at Garrett College's 48th Commencement, celebrated virtually. She studied business management and entrepreneurship while at GC.
Dreama Tennant: In the quest for a college education, there are students who encounter and overcome many different obstacles. Sometimes such a student persists in attaining these goals not only with dedication but with cheerfulness, a positive attitude, and an irrepressible spirt of enthusiasm that is an inspiration to other students and faculty. Dreama Tennant, of Fairmont, W.Va. was selected as this year's Inspiration and Excellence Award.
This year's graduating class featured an average grade-point average of 3.15. Nearly 69 percent of the graduates were from Garrett County while the graduating class also included one international student from Venezuela.
"Forty students of this class attended with the support of the Garrett County Scholarship Program, at a cost of $272,286 and an average award of $6,807," said Midcap. "I sincerely thank the Garrett County Commissioners for their continued support of this important program, which dramatically increases access to higher education."
Twenty-six students graduated with honors (12 Cum Laude, six Magna Cum Laude, and eight Suma Cum Laude), with eight students graduating as members of Garrett College's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
View the Class of 2020's commemorative webpage at https://www.garrettcollege.edu/commencement-2020 for additional information on the award-winners and members of this year's graduating class.