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Dr. Lillian Lowery to Speak at PGCC's 56th Commencement

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Article by: Jennifer L. Colter

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and Secretary – Treasurer of the State Board, Dr. Lillian M. Lowery, will serve as keynote speaker at Prince George’s Community College’s 56th Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m., at Show Place Arena and Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Throughout her career in education, Lowery has focused on raising achievement for all students, closing the achievement gap, preparing graduates for college and career, and supporting educator effectiveness. She has also paid particular attention to strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
“We are incredibly honored to have an educator with such a passion and commitment to student achievement share some words of encouragement with our graduates,” said Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. 
Lowery has worked in various education institutions and programs since 1976 and has held her current role since 2012.  She served for three years as the superintendent of the Christina School District in New Castle County, DE, served as an assistant superintendent in Fairfax County, VA, and as an area superintendent in Fort Wayne, IN.   She also held other administrative positions, and spent 17 years as an English teacher at the middle and high school levels in Virginia.
A graduate in English and Secondary Education from North Carolina Central University, Lowery also holds a master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.
Lowery credits her upbringing with shaping her view of the importance of education and once said that the teachers she had growing up in the South helped to shape her lifelong belief that, “every child should be inspired to dream and given the tools to make those dreams a reality.”

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