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FCC to Celebrate 66th Commencement on May 16 at Mount St. Mary’s University
Frederick Community College (FCC) will hold its 66th Commencement in celebration of the Class of 2024 on Thursday, May 16. For the first time ever, the ceremony will be held in the Knott Arena at Mount St. Mary’s University instead of the FCC Athletics Center. The new venue will allow for a larger number of friends, family, and graduates to celebrate together in one space.
“At FCC, we believe that under the right conditions, every student can learn, and it is our job to create the right conditions,” said President Annesa Payne Cheek. “Commencement is a celebration of the successful learning journey of our students, marking academic achievement and completion toward them becoming equitable participants in our economy, our society, and our democracy.”
The Class of 2024 is comprised of more than 885 graduates who will be awarded associate degrees and certificates.
2023-2024 Graduate Profile…

  • Graduates range in age from 18 to 66 years old
  • The graduating class includes 252 students who are graduating with high honors and 160 students who are graduating with honors
  • There are 253 students who are first-generation college graduates
  • There are 52 students who are military veterans
The most popular degrees earned this year, in priority order, are:

  • Business Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Science
  • General Studies
The Commencement Ceremony will feature speeches from Dwayne Myers, the Commencement Speaker, and from Miguel Melgares and Mirbeth De Los Santos, two students representing the Class of 2024.
Dwayne Myers is CEO of Dynamic Automotive, President of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of Frederick County Workforce Development Board.
Miguel Melgares is receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who last year he received FCC’s Excellence in Business Management award. He is employed by NAC Mechanical Services and hopes to one day start his own business. 
Mirbeth De Los Santos is receiving an Associate of Arts in Arts & Humanities. She initially enrolled at FCC to continue learning Americal Sign Language (ASL), has since become an ASL tutor, and post graduation, looks forward to strengthening her connections in the Deaf community.
The Commencement Celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Knott Arena at Mount St. Mary’s University. There will be a live stream of the event available on
For more information about the 2024 Commencement ceremony, visit



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