Bucks County Community College will celebrate its 55th annual commencement on Saturday, May 22, by welcoming students and their families to drive to the Newtown Campus and celebrate their success in a socially distanced outdoor “drive-in” ceremony. The festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to safely accommodate the crowds on campus at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown.
The class of 2021 earned 940 associate degrees and 102 certificates. Approximately 250 students will be participating in the commencement festivities on Saturday. The graduates will hear remarks from graduate Samantha Gillespie, who was selected to address her classmates in recognition of her outstanding achievements.
In addition, the college’s Alumni Association will recognize its Alumni Achievement Awards in a pre-ceremony video. Awardees include:
– President’s Distinguished Service Award – Karen Holt, ‘04, educator
– Community Service Award – Anna Payne, ‘10, a cystic fibrosis patient advocate and community activist
– Professional Achievement Award – Steven Kaplan, ‘71, psychologist and educator
– Centurion Award – Alvin Ayensu, ‘19, physics lab assistant
Nursing graduates will also be honored with a pinning ceremony on Friday, May 21, at 6 p.m. on the Newtown Campus. The 70 students who completed the college’s associate degree nursing program are poised to become registered nurses upon completion of state licensing exams.
Fire school graduates will also be recognized with a ceremony on Saturday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. on the Newtown Campus.