FCC to Celebrate 60th Commencement on Thursday


“The FCC community is excited to come together to recognize and celebrate our 60th graduating class,” said President Elizabeth Burmaster. “Our College has changed and grown a tremendous amount over the past six decades but what remains the same is the impressive level of commitment and hard work we see from each of our graduates. We are proud of them all.”
Members of the 2018 graduating class range in age from 17 to 75 years old. The most popular degrees this year are general studies, business administration, information technology, cybersecurity, and nursing. 
More than 350 students are expected to participate in the ceremony. President Elizabeth Burmaster will give the keynote address. Students Marie-Ange Kasende and Zackary Pecia will also deliver commencement addresses. Their speaker bios are below.
The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Athletics Center. There will be a live stream of the Commencement ceremony available on
A light hors d'oeuvres reception for graduates and their families will follow in the Cougar Grille immediately after the ceremony.

For more information about the 2018 Commencement ceremony, visit
Marie-Ange Kasende
Marie-Ange Kasende is receiving her Associate of Arts in general studies. During her time at FCC, she has served as the Vice President of Public Relations for the Student Government Association, started a mental wellness club, and helped organize numerous community service projects. She is passionate about singing and STEM education. Marie-Ange will start at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) this fall, where she will study chemical engineering. She thanks her community at FCC and loving family for all the support they have provided her.
Zackary Pecia
Zackary Pecia is receiving his Associate of Arts with high honors in general studies. He is an active duty medic in the United States Army and has made the Dean’s List the last three semesters. After FCC, Zackary will continue his education at the University of Maryland University College, where he plans to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology. He wants to become a physician assistant and later attend medical school. Zackary says he owes everything to his beautiful family – his wife, daughter, and their cat.