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Engineering Major, Adam Alston, Chosen to Speak at 57th Commencement

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Article by: Jennifer L. Colter

Largo, MD – The committee responsible for interviewing and selecting the student speaker for each of Prince George’s Community College’s Commencement ceremonies has once again chosen a dynamic candidate. Electrical Engineering student, Adam Alston, will address his fellow graduates on Thursday, May 26 at the College’s 57th Commencement ceremony. The annual event that garners nearly two-thousand attendees is being held at the Showplace Arena and Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD at 6:30 p.m.  

“This is a unique opportunity for a student because it allows them to reach another major milestone in their academic career and truly leave their footprint in the annals of our institution,” said Clover Baker-Brown, Professor and Immediate Past President, Maryland Communication Association. “Being the student speaker is exciting and it intrigues some of our most enterprising students who have a strong desire to share their experience with a captive audience. It’s something they will never forget and I’m honored to contribute to their life story. Adam is a great choice for our student speaker not only because of his exemplary academic record, but perhaps most importantly, because he has dealt with adverse situations in his past and refused to let those events be the narrative of his life,” Dr. Baker-Brown expressed.  

And a compelling life story Adam Alston has had. Upon graduating from Prince George’s Community College with an Associate of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, the District Heights, Maryland resident will transition to the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall where he’ll surely impress the instructors at the James Clark School of Engineering. During his tenure at Prince George's Community College, Adam's unwavering work ethic and perseverance allowed him to accrue a multitude of scholastic honors as well as leadership roles. He has been the president of his institution's National Society of Black Engineers chapter for the past two years. Adam has been honored by NASA and NCAS Aerospace Scholar, and he is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Adam was just recently honored as an International Scholars Laureate of Engineering and Technology Nominee which entails the opportunity to study abroad in China or New Zealand. 

Adam’s message to his peers and the hundreds of families expected to attend the 57th Commencement ceremony is sure to resonate within his audience and inspire those professors and administrators who make it their life’s work to positively impact the 44,000+ diverse students served by Prince George’s Community College. Recently featured on NBC4 news in a broadcast special focused around President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, Adam Alston is truly representative of the individual students and overall culture that is PGCC, and that, in itself, is the footprint he will leave.  

For more information about PGCC’s 57th Commencement ceremony please call (301) 546-PGCC [7422]. All media requests and inquiries should be immediately directed to Jennifer Colter at colterjl@pgcc.edu or by calling (301) 546-0157.  

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