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May 17th, 2021

GC's 49th commencement celebrates achievements of 106 graduates

Class of 2021 and 2020 graduates honored virtually on May 15th

Over the past 14 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has required individuals to be both flexible and innovative. Garrett College's 49th commencement ceremony is a prime example of adapting to the current environment.

“While all of us would have preferred a traditional, in person graduation, that was not a practical option," said GC's president, Dr. Richard Midcap, during his remarks in his virtual presidential address to this year's graduating class. “Our virtual commencement ceremony will remain on our website for viewing and re-viewing as often as our students and families wish to do so."

The virtual commencement ceremony and commemorative webpage can be found online at The College's 2020 graduates were also invited to participate in the virtual commencement ceremony.

Congratulatory videos for the Class of 2021 and 2020 graduates from Garrett College faculty and staff served as the "kickoff" for the College's 49th annual virtual commencement ceremony.

Of the 106 members of the 2021 graduating class, six received academic awards and were recognized for their achievements.

Bradie Moore

Bradie Moore: Bradie Moore, a resident of Lonaconing, Md. and a Southern Garrett High School graduate, was honored with the Highest Grade-Point Average Co-Award, Outstanding Transfer Student Award, and the Male Scholar Athlete Award at Garrett College's 49th virtual commencement. Moore played baseball for the past two years for the Garrett Lakers and plans to continue his studies in business administration at Frostburg State University this fall.

Susan Rexroad

Susan Rexroad: A resident of Swanton, Md., Susan Rexroad received the Highest Grade-Point Average Co-Award. A graduating member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Rexroad is the business accounts specialist in the business office at Garrett College. She plans to use the knowledge she has attained to enhance the services she provides to students, parents, and the campus community at Garrett College.

Katie Cantrell

Katie Cantrell: Katie Cantrell of McHenry, Md., was recognized as this year's Inspiration and Excellence Award winner on behalf of the faculty at Garrett College. Cantrell studied fine and performing arts with a theater concentration at Garrett College and served as vice president of GC's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Bradie Moore (Lonaconing, Md.) and Susan Rexroad (Swanton, Md.) received co-honors for the Highest Grade-Point Average Award.

Moore also received recognition as this year's Male Scholar Athlete and Outstanding Transfer Student.

EllaRose Warnick (Frostburg, Md.) was named the Female Scholar Athlete, while Stephen Jones (Oakland, Md.) was recognized as the Outstanding Career Advancement Student.

Katie Cantrell (McHenry, Md.) was selected as this year's Inspiration and Excellence Award winner, while Dakota Knott (Nanjemoy, Md.) received the Leadership and Excellence Award.

Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones: Oakland resident Stephen Jones is this year's Outstanding Career Advancement Student. Jones studied natural resources and wildlife technology at GC and plans to continue his studies in wildlife biology at Frostburg State University this fall.

EllaRose Warnick

EllaRose Warnick: EllaRose Warnick of Frostburg, Md. was honored as this year's Female Scholar Athlete. A graduate of the natural resources and wildlife technology program and member of the cross country team, Warnick plans to continue her studies at Frostburg State University this fall, majoring in earth science with a concentration in environmental science and minor in forestry and business.

Dakota Knot

Dakota Knott: A resident of Nanjemoy, Md., Dakota Knott was recognized as this year's Leadership and Excellence Award winner on behalf of the faculty at Garrett College. A natural resources and wildlife technology graduate, Knott plans to transfer to either West Virginia University or California University of Pennsylvania this fall to continue working on her bachelor's degree.

This year's graduating class featured an average grade-point average of 3.23. Sixty-six percent of the graduates were from Garrett County. Forty-four students attended with the financial support of the Garrett County Scholarship Program, at a cost of $253,927.

A total of 32 students graduated with honors (10 Cum Laude, five Magna Cum Laude, and 17 Suma Cum Laude), with seven students graduating as members of Garrett College's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

View the Class of 2021's commemorative webpage at for additional information on the award-winners and members of this year's graduating class, including a link to the virtual commencement ceremony.