For Immediate Release


PGCC Announces Rosie Allen-Herring as the 2019 Commencement Speaker


PGCC Commencement speaker Rosie Allen-Herring


LARGO, Md. (May 3, 2019) – Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) will hold its 2019 Commencement at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on May 23. The speaker this year is Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area. Allen-Herring is no stranger to PGCC – she serves on the board of the college’s foundation, and earlier this year, partnered with the college and Prince George’s County to announce resources available for individuals and families impacted by the partial federal government shutdown.

“Prince George’s Community College is a preeminent educational institution and it is a distinct honor to be selected as the 2019 Commencement speaker,” said Allen-Herring. “The college serves as an innovation hub that inspires so many across this region. I am both humbled and excited to share my journey with the 2019 graduates.”

Each year, the Commencement speaker provides graduates with inspiration and wisdom as they prepare for the next chapter in their lives. Allen-Herring earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Howard University, her Master in Business Administration from Strayer University, and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management Program. She also was an international fellow of the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at the University of Cape Town (SA) Graduate School of Business, and Duke University Graduate School of Public Policy.

Allen-Herring has committed more than 25 years to corporate philanthropy, strategic leadership, and community investment. It is under her leadership that the college’s Financial Empowerment Center has been able to sustain and provide countless financial resources to students and members of the community through its partnership with United Way of the National Capital Area.

“Given the commitment of the United Way of the National Capital Area and Prince George’s Community College to public service and the uplifting of communities, we are delighted that Ms. Allen-Herring accepted our invitation to speak at the 60th Commencement exercises. Our joint partnership with the Veteran’s Center and the Financial Empowerment Center is indicative of the work we do jointly to serve the greater community,” said Dr. Charlene M. Dukes.


About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.