Interim Secretary of Education Danette Howard Speaks at 2012 Commencement

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.— Interim Secretary of Education of the Maryland Higher Education Commission Danette Howard will be the keynote speaker at The 53rd Commencement Exercises of Prince George's Community College, Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m., The Show Place Arena and Equestrian Center, Upper Marlboro, MD. 

Howard has spent her career addressing issues affecting completion rates in higher education, particularly at historically black institutions. She served as assistant director of Higher Education Policy at the Education Trust in Washington, DC where she led research efforts of the higher education division and was an original architect of the Access to Success Initiative. The nationwide program includes 24 public university systems, including the University System of Maryland, committed to closing gaps in college enrollment and completion rates that separate low-income students and students of color from their peers. 

“I am honored to have been selected as the commencement speaker for Prince George's Community College, and look forward to celebrating with the graduates and their families on May 24,” said Howard. 

More than 1,100 students will receive associate of arts, associate of science, associate of applied science and associate of arts in teaching degrees as well as certificates and letters of recognition. Additionally, nearly 20 percent of students will either transfer to four-year colleges and universities or enter the workplace in their respective fields.  

Commencement Speaker – Danette Howard 

Danette Howard was appointed in August 2011 by Governor Martin J. O'Malley as the interim secretary of higher education. Howard earned her bachelor’s of arts degreefrom Howard University and her master’s in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She also has received her doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

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 

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