Carroll Community College will hold commencement ceremonies for its largest class in history at 3 p.m. Wednesday at McDaniel College in Westminster.
More than 375 students make up the graduating Class of 2006. Fifty-three students will be graduating with honors, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Julia Walsh Gouge, president of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, will be the commencement speaker. Now in her fourth term as county commissioner, she also is an ex-officio member of the college's board of trustees.
During her address, Gouge will highlight the college's accomplishments, share graduate stories and offer advice to the graduates.
The student speaker, Andrea Roskam, 25, plans to tell graduates to remember to take from Carroll Community College a strong sense of confidence that no matter what their next steps are, dreams can really happen.
Roskam will graduate from the college with an associate's degree in general studies.
She plans to obtain a master's degree in historical studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she will transfer this fall.
Roskam, who came to Carroll County from California with her husband, is president of the Student Government Organization, vice president of the Photography Club, a member of the Peace Club and an active participant in community activities.
A survey completed by many of the graduates shows that 44 percent plan to transfer to a four-year college or university immediately as full-time students. Another 8 percent plan to transfer immediately as part-time students, and 28 percent plan to transfer sometime in the future. Students identified Towson University as the most popular transfer destination.
A third of the students surveyed said they expected to be employed on completion of their degree at Carroll. Nearly three-fourths are to be employed in Carroll County.