Academy of Health Sciences Student Named 2017 Student Commencement Speaker

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Article by: Artelia C. Gillam

LARGO, Md. — Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) is pleased to announce thatKyshira Simmons, a dually-enrolled student at the college has been chosen as the 2017 Student Commencement Speaker. Simmons, attends the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College, and will receive both her high school diploma and associate degree on May 25, 2017.

“The committee chose Ms. Simmons not only because she exceeded the criteria for selection, but also because her transformation at Prince George’s Community College, is a direct result of being a student in our Middle College Program,” said Clover Baker-Brown,Professor and Immediate Past President, Maryland Communication Association.  “Hers is a testimony to the diversity of programs and course offerings at our college, and the Middle College Program was designed to ensure that the college is able to impact and affect students’ lives even when they are in high school,” Dr. Baker-Brown added.   

Kyshira will attend Towson University in the fall where she plans to major in psychology and has aspirations of getting her Ph.D. and someday becoming a counseling psychologist.  During her time as an Academy of Health Sciences student, she served as president of its National Honor Society and secretary of the CRU Christian organization. 

Kyshira is also an active volunteer with more than 220 service learning hours.  She has also participated in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk and volunteered at DC Central Kitchen, Pratt House for the Homeless, and PGCC’s very own Children’s Development Clinic. 

When Kyshira isn’t serving others, she’s quite an active student.  She has made the dean’s list for both the fall and spring semesters of 2016 and maintained a 4.0 GPA.  Kyshira also has earned numerous leadership awards and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars on PGCC’s Largo campus.

In her spare time, Kyshira enjoys running and is learning to speak Mandarin. 

Prince George’s Community College’s 58th Commencement Exercises will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Showplace Arena and Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. This is an event reserved for graduating students and their family members. For more information please visit

About Prince George’s Community College

Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enables PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.