Education Notes


May 13, 2007

HCC commencement scheduled for Friday

Howard Community College will hold commencement exercises for its 36th graduating class at 4 p.m. Friday on the campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Padraic M. Kennedy, former president of the Columbia Association, will give the Boyd Commencement Address.

In recognition of their contributions to the HCC community and students, honorary degrees will be conferred upon Joanne T. Davis, former chairwoman of the Commission on the Future of Howard Community College; her husband, Michael W. Davis, who served on the HCC Educational Foundation's board of directors; and U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

The processional will include those selected as distinguished alumni, led by 2007 Alumna of the Year Rachael Torgeson Price, a registered nurse who overcame cerebral palsy to earn an associate's degree in nursing from HCC and a bachelor's degree from Villa Julie College.

The ceremony will be cablecast live by HCC-TV and can bee seen on Comcast of Howard County Channel 71 or at

A Nursing Recognition Ceremony honoring the college's graduating nurses will be held at noon Friday.

Hearing tomorrow on school budgets

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a public hearing and work session on the 2008 fiscal year operating and capital budgets and the 2009-2013 capital improvement program at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. The hearing and work session were originally scheduled for May 10.

Those who want to testify are asked to limit their presentations to three minutes and to provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to speak or to testify: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter for any Board of Education meeting: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' advance notice is preferred.

Comments sought on special-ed plan

The Howard County school system is seeking comments on its Special Education Staffing Plan for 2007-2008. A copy of the plan for 2006-2007 is available by calling 410-313-6659, or at

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