Burlington County College’s (BCC) 43rd annual Commencement Ceremony, featuring keynote speaker Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey’s first secretary of higher education, will be held on the College’s Pemberton campus, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Rd., on Saturday, May 18 at 10a.m. (procession to start at 9:30 a.m.). With 1,370 potential graduates, this year’s class is the largest in the history of BCC. The College will award a total of 1,403 degrees in 71 different program majors.

Among the graduates, 66 are receiving two degrees and/or certificates. Rebecca Lehmann of Lumberton is the class valedictorian. She is graduating with highest honors and an associate of science degree. In the fall, she plans to use her Phi Theta Kappa scholarship and NJ STARS II funding at the Rutgers Camden School of Business, where she will pursue dual degrees in accounting and finance.

This is the first BCC Commencement Ceremony for President David C. Hespe, who joined the College in September 2012. Other platform guests making remarks, and presenting degrees and awards at the ceremony include the following: Chair of the BCC Board of Trustees Joseph R. Malone, III, Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders Director Joseph Donnelly, BCC Interim Vice President for Student Success Dr. Beverly Richardson, BCC Provost Dr. David Spang, and Student Government Association President Ryan Young. Professor of the Year, President’s Award winners and the Dr. Robert and Jean Messina Wilmington University Scholarship recipient will be announced at graduation. 

As of May 10, 2013, this year’s class is 64 percent female and 36 percent male. Six decades separate our youngest graduate, 15, from our oldest graduate, 75. The average GPA of this class is 3.24. More than half the graduates are majoring in the following top five programs: Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Associate of Science in Business Administration, Associate of Science in Criminal Justice and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. BCC will also have its first graduate in pastry arts, a new culinary arts degree program that was introduced in fall 2011.