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Chesapeake Winds Up 40th Birthday Year with Convocation

Monday, November 28, 2005

WYE MILLS - Chesapeake College will wrap up a year-long celebration of its 40th birthday with a college convocation on Monday, December 5 at 4 p.m. in the Rufus and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center. Members of the public – especially former Chesapeake College students, faculty, and staff – are invited to attend this event.

Chesapeake´s former presidents will be honored for their respective roles in the college's development. Former Gov. Harry Hughes, instrumental in the passage of the legislation that authorized regional community colleges and the funding mechanism for those institutions, will speak about Chesapeake´s founding in December 1965.

The vision of many local and state officials, Chesapeake College was the first regional community college in Maryland, encompassing Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne´s and Talbot counties. Dorchester County later joined the coalition in 1979.

Former administrators, professors and staff members are planning to travel from across the country to attend the convocation.

Members of Chesapeake´s first graduating class will also attend the event. Chesapeake Alumnus Dan Cannon, president of Centreville National Bank, will speak on behalf of the first graduating class, and Professor Emeritus Dr. Roberta Gribbon will speak on behalf of the first faculty.

"This event will give us all the opportunity to reflect on Chesapeake´s impact on the Shore," said President Stuart M. Bounds. "We now have multiple generations of Chesapeake graduates doing the important work of our community. Celebrating our 40th anniversary has been a way of renewing our commitment to the service area."

The 40th anniversary celebration began in February with a traditional birthday party in the Performing Arts Center. Other events took place throughout the year, including a concert and singing contest in May, plus the dedication of a commemorative mosaic and birthday time capsule in September.

For more information about the convocation, please call Judy Lappen at 410-822-5400, ext. 5843.

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