Selected ACM graduate speakers | New


A total of 310 students at Allegany College of Maryland are expected to earn 392 degrees and certificates at the college’s virtual spring launching ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 15.

The college selected four students to provide the traditional address for students: Emily Imgrund, Bedford, Veronica McMillian, Oldtown, Rachel Mickle, Woodbury and Jennifer Thomas, Cumberland.

The ceremony will be broadcast on ACM’s Facebook page @alleganycollegeofmaryland and later posted on the college’s YouTube channel @theACMutube.

Emily Imgrund, a teacher education major, graduated from Bedford High School in 2018. She knew at the age of 5 that she wanted to be a teacher. An active member of the Omicron Pi section of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the ACM, Imgrund served as the organization’s vice president of scholarships and was on the college dean’s list. She will be a transfer student majoring in elementary education at Frostburg State University this fall and aspires to someday teach near her home state of Pennsylvania. In her speech, Imgrund talks about growing up as the daughter of an ACM employee and seeing college as her “playground” as a child. She recounts how the college came together to support her, as only the family can, during a health crisis, and her experiences as a student. If she could offer guidance to prospective ACM students, Imgrund would encourage them to strive to improve their time management skills early in their academic careers.

Veronica McMillian, a major in cybersecurity, graduated from Allegany High School and the Center for Career and Technical Education (CCTE) in 2019. She articulated five CCTE courses at ACM to jumpstart her academic career and graduate from partner in just one year. McMillian thanks Mike Dignan, an instructor at Allegany County Public Schools, for exceeding expectations in creating a family environment in his computer classes at CCTE, and Richard “Dick” Soderman, ACM Assistant Professor of Computer Science, for his help and his career as a counselor encouragement. A first generation student, she chose ACM because of her location and reputation (and the fact that her aunt was also an ACM student) and found the support of her instructors not only in her classes, but in interview preparation. hiring. She is a member of the Omicron Pi section of ACM of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and is on the college’s list of deans. After gaining experience in the tech industry, McMillian plans to pursue his bachelor’s degree. In his talk, McMillian talks about overcoming challenges like fears, weather, and sometimes sleep to achieve life goals.

Rachel Mickle, a multimedia technology major, graduated from Northern Bedford County High School in 2018. After taking a year off, she enrolled in ACM after her family suggested the multimedia technology program could help him develop his creative talents. She was hooked immediately. Mickle lived in the college campus housing complex, Willowbrook Woods, and pushed himself to embrace the activities of student life. She became an active member of the Omicron Pi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, was on the Dean’s List and received scholarships from the ACM Foundation. She was elected the 2020-2021 Maryland / DC President for the Phi Theta Kappa Mid-State Region. She will be a transfer student majoring in graphic design at Stevenson University this fall. In his talk, Mickle explains how taking a step back from a situation or project can offer a different (and sometimes better) perspective. It was advice from one of his teachers and an important lesson in dealing with the “flaws” of everyday life. If she could give advice to future students, Mickle would encourage them not to just go to class and go home, but to get involved in activities and engage with their classmates.

Thomas, a culinary arts major from Powder Springs, Georgia, graduated from high school in 2013. After high school, she traveled to India and Kenya where she worked as a missionary. A non-traditional student, she found her way into the college’s Culinary Arts program after two semesters as a general student due to her interest in holistic nutrition and the one-year certificate program of the Management Program. food. She is a member of the Omicron Pi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, has been on the Dean’s List and has been an ACM Foundation Fellow. After graduation, she and her spouse plan to hike the two-part Appalachian Trail, eventually ending in Georgia to connect with the family before determining their future plans. In her speech, Thomas explains how the college offered, in addition to credentials and degrees, intangible degrees in integrity, vision and passion, and fostered an environment where she and other students could learn character lessons. , teamwork, perseverance and resilience. She encourages her fellow graduates to use all of their degrees to reach their full potential.

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