LARGO, Md.—Noor Tagouri (Bowie, Md.), 18 years old, is the youngest graduate to deliver the student address at Prince George’s Community College’s 53rd Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m. at The Showplace Arena and Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. Tagouri has a 4.0 GPA and will receive an associate of arts degree in general studies and a letter of recognition in events planning. She has been admitted to University of Maryland, College Park where she plans to study broadcast journalism and international development and conflict management.
“The moment I began at Prince George's Community College I discovered my passions, used it to fuel my college experience and opportunities,” said Tagouri. “The message I want to convey to our diverse student body at graduation is you will always pave a path to success and your dreams will always be attainable,” she added.
Born in the United States and raised as a Muslim-American, Tagouri tested into the Honors Program at Prince George’s Community College in her junior year in high school and began taking courses at the college. Her academic achievements at Prince George’s include Dean’s List, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Honors Citation and graduating with Highest Honors. She also served as a math tutor, writer for the Owl Student Newspaper, participant in Pathways to Student Leadership Program, public relations representative for the Muslim Student Association, founder and president of Green N' Fit Club, president of the Muslim Student Association, events coordinator of the Public Speaking Club and member of the Amnesty International Club.
Tagouri was selected as the 2012 Student Commencement Speaker after participating in a rigorous application process. Applicants were asked to submit an essay and resume. Finalists performed a version of their speech before a committee of faculty, staff and a student representative.
“Ms. Tagouri’s significant academic achievements, thoughtful essay responses and commitment to her community were major reasons the committee chose her for the prestigious honor,” said Clover Baker-Brown, professor of communications and chair of the Student Speaker Competition Committee at Prince George’s Community College. “As the youngest speaker in college history, we are proud to have such an inspiring student share her story of success with the larger college community,” she added.
In addition to Tagouri’s academic success at Prince George’s Community College, she has volunteered for Thrive DC, “United We Stand” Conference, Muslimat Al-Nisaa Homeless Shelter for Women and Children and the DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk. Currently, she is working as an intern for the programming department at WPGC, 95.5 FM radio and documenting stories of Libyan freedom fighters for an upcoming book.
Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.
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