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Maryland Senate President Miller Speaks at 2013 Commencement

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

 LARGO, Md.—Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at Prince George's Community College’s 54th Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., at Show Place Arena and Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md.  

Senator Miller was selected president of the Maryland Senate at the beginning of the 1987 session of the General Assembly, and is the longest serving senate president in Maryland and United States history. He worked to enhance the state’s community college finance formula from 25 to 30 percent per student higher education funding.  

“Community colleges play an increasingly important role in our higher education system, both in preparing students to attend four-year institutions and in helping workers develop new skills to find work in this economy,” said Senator Miller.  

Nearly 1,100 graduates 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, close to 50 percent of students will either transfer to four-year colleges and universities or enter the workplace in their respective fields.    

Commencement Speaker – Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.  

In 1970, Senator Miller was elected to represent Prince George’s County in the Maryland House of Delegates, and in 1974 he won election to the Maryland State Senate. He has returned to the State Senate every four years since 1978. Senator Miller earned his bachelor’s of science degree from University of Maryland and his bachelor of laws and juris doctor degree from University of Maryland School of Law. Admitted to the Maryland State Bar in 1967, Senator Miller is a member of local, state and national bar associations. 

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, Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro, and John Eager Howard Community Center. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.  

 

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