Graduates get advice straight from the front lines
Atlantic Cape Community College graduates look into the crowd for familiar faces during the school’s commencement ceremonies Thursday at its Mays Landing campus.

MAYS LANDING - The spring day was lovely, but it was a much darker day that Benjamin Dailey recalled as he spoke to fellow graduates Thursday at Atlantic Cape Community College's 42nd commencement ceremony.

Dailey, of Absecon, was in Baghdad with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005 when he got his first opportunity to lead. Another leader, a friend, was killed by a mine, and he was asked to step up and take over.

"No one wanted to be there," he told the class of 793 graduates, their friends and families. "No one wanted to complete any missions. Though the challenge was colossal, I took charge and filled the gap as best I could. I found the opportunity to show my worth and ability. I found the opportunity to be a role model."

Graduating as president of the ACCC Student Government Association, Dailey challenged the graduates to continue to face their challenges and make their own opportunities.

"It's a cliche when people tell us that the future is ours," he said. "The future is everyone's. Anyone that chooses to act can shape the future."

Honor graduate Samantha Lee Brown, of Port Republic, celebrated the diversity of community college students.

"Some of us are parents, and some of us still live at home with our parents," she said. "We are a diversified group of people in every way imaginable, and I believe that is what has made our learning experience here so rich."

Guest speaker J. Noah Brown, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees, told the graduates to celebrate their accomplishment, but not let it be their last.

"The next step awaits," he said. "Be champions for change."

He also asked them to support community colleges, which offer access and opportunity to all.

"Let's not neglect the most potent weapon we have," he said, "an educated and entrepreneurial citizenry."

The event also honored hospitality professor Donna Vassallo with the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award and history professor Levi Fox with the Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award. Sheyla M. Ayala-Mantilla, of Marmora, was named the new student representative to the college board of trustees.

The graduates are:

Associate in Arts:

Leann Adams, Hosne Alam, Nafisah Z. Alston, Lea Rosemary Alton, Fatimah Archie, Ariana D. Arias, Jeffrey Bruce Bakley, Ryan Jay Ballard, Crystal Bartleson, Dom Benigno, Lauren Berges, Aisha Bibi, Michael J. Biglan, Felicia Bishop, Edward Bonacci, Jeremee Allan Brown, Samantha Lee Brown, Michelle Brown-Davis, Kimberly Marie Brunetti, Christine A. Bucca, Sherbano Bukhari, Mallory Burgess, BrieAnna Nicole Carlino, Sean A. Casey, Suzanne H. Castellano, Giana Victoria Castorani, Lizbeth Castro, Shannon N. Chambers, Lauren Cecile Cournoyer, Elizabeth A. Covington, Christopher Cramer, Stephen E. Curran, Natalia K. Diaz-Miranda, Wallis R. Doan, Joanne C. Dorsa, Jonna Marie Drake, Dorothy Drevnak, Jessica Drinks, Christina Dunleavy, David DunLeavy, Amelia Durham, Cherie Echo Enderlin, Nathaniel Erlandson, Morgan Errickson, Genesis Faulkner, Nicholas Ferreri, Stephanie Claire Fisher, Kristen Elise Flanagan, Gregory James Jacob Ford, Patricia A. Fox, Tracey L. Fox, Bridget Lois Giblin, Catherine Giblin, Stephen Gilmore, Vanessa Giraldo, Theresa Gray, Teela Grayson, Gabrielle B. Haberman, Rebecca Hartline, Jessica Sarah Hauck, Jason Heavey, Adam S. Hill, Jessica Lynn Hober, Stephanie Lyn Hoffman, Tiffany Hoffner, Meghan Hood, Rebecca Humphreys, Salma Hussein, Erica Lynn Johnson, Erica Winetta Johnson, Heather Kaulinis, Nichole Kilpatrick, Ruth Allison Kleiner, Jesse C. Kraft, John S. Ksel, Michael Kuzma, Liza Elaine Kyle, Eron P. Ladia, Nicole Laffitte, David Laielli, Kristen Anna Laielli, Shelly Rae Lapka, Brittany LaPorte, Alison Leary, Elizabeth Ann Lee, Kristen S. Lower, Chunyun Jennifer Lu, Douglas James Lundberg, Jr., Macie Lynn Macrie, John Robert Malaspina, Jr., Theresa M. Malaspina, Brenda I. Malave, Benjamin Marks, Jessica Martinez, Nicole B. Mason, Morgan Matalucci, Peggy H. McDaniel, Nicole Melora, Amy H. Miller, Theresa Ann Miro, Nicole Morris, Lorena Mumford, Judith Ann Murawski, George Ernest Niederhofer, Kristyn Novicke, Richard Novikas, Mai Ogawara, Christopher Olmeda, Pamela R. Palmer, Michael Thomas Papale, Carlos A. Paredes, David Lance Parkhurst III, Reshma Patel, Elizabeth Anne Pearce, Nissi Ruth Niveditha Peram, Victor Perdue, Jacqueline Marie Phillips, Jared Plotkin, Caitlyn Pohlig, Sasha Polanco, Alana Powers, Tracie Kelly Marie Praul, Shakema T. Qareeb, Belinda Reed, Tonya W. Revis, Emily Richards, Stephanie Lynn Rickards, Cassandra Robbins, Merlyn S. Ronchi, Cori Rose, Katherine Rosenberger, Nicole Sagan Rubio, Gladys Ruiz, Meaghan Sagers, Christina M. Salcedo, Sabrina Sue Santoro, Jason Philip Scanny, Marjorie Jane Schmeltzer, Lizzette Schweppenheiser, Donna Lynn Scullin, Suni DeAnna Severs, Cassandra R. Small, Tyshan A. Smiley, Alyssa T. Sparks, Kelly R. Speirs, Jamie Stark, Matthew L. Steffen, Richard L. Stickley, Erin Thomas, Ryan M. Thurlow, Shana Ashley Tolbert, Jessica Torres, Melanie L. Trombetta, Timothy Mark Underwood, Carolyn M. Upton, Christopher J. Urie, Vincent Vilardo, Pauline Angela Walters, Todd Warker, Jr., Jenell Washington, William M. Webb, Jr., LaQuay Weekes, Cassandra B. Wingerter, Scott W. Winneberger, Mary Elizabeth Zenyuk.

Associate in Applied

Science:

Ryan Allenbach, Jorge L. Almeyda, Milena Angelova, Iliana Ivet Ortiz Arroyo, Khalaiah B. Barnes, Gina Barrera, Kory Ann Bates, Anthony J. Bell, Nakia Bell, Christine Block, Ron Bloom, Jocelyn D. Borja, Christina Boyce, Donna Bortney Boyle, Mary Elizabeth Bromhead, Jennifer Brooks, Robert C. Brown, Jr., Alexis Bush-Merlino, A. Juliano Cannuscio, Lisa Marie Carlson, Ivelisse M. Class, Elaine Coia, Nadira Coleman, Julia J. Colon, Franziska Conahan, Caitlin Regina Crossin, Allyson M. Curtis, Robert Vincent D'Agostino, Cheryl D'Amico, Yordan Daskalov, Benjamin Andrew D'Aulerio, Rimal DeSai, Leo Francis P. Deza, Jeanine M. DiNardo, Loc Dinh, Karen M. Donlevy, Cynthia A. Dougherty, Sharon Christine Dunlap, Tina Ellis, Jazel Jay G. Encarnacion, Andria N. Faust, Shelya Yvette Feliciano, Wilma M. Feliciano-Alam, Jessica Lynn Fisher, Kristin Ann Fletcher, Danielle Florence, Jean W. Florestal, Deborah Ann Fox, Kathleen Marie Fritz, Sharon C. Gittens, Jennifer Godin, Karen V. Goldberg, William Max Gresham, Michael C. Hackett, Mary Catherine Harrington-Robel, Corrine N. Havens, Natasha L. Hawkins, Danielle Hilts, Jessica Lynn Hober, Jennifer Kathleen Hoopes, Patrice Jacuk, James D. Johnson, Jennifer R. Johnson, Desiree D. Jones, Julia Kalika, Jennifer M. Kane, Balbir Kaur, Jennifer Ann Kilroy, Peter Kim, Brandon S. King, Megan C. Klebaur, Dana Klukovska, Amy E. Lamach, Paul Edward Langer, Dawn Larkin, Marc LaRocca, Nicole M. Laun, Kew Lee, Heather Lihou, Lynsey N. Longwith, Danielle Leigh LoSasso, Ronald M. Mann, Luke Clark Mathes, Samantha L. Maurer, Erika M. McKenna, Wendy Marie McKnight, Shane H. Menzel, Matthew C. Merkel, Charles W. Mettille, Nadezda Molodykh, Pablo Zapata Montoya, David T. Morris, Kathryn Morris, Kelly Mulder, Robert P. Mustardo II, Lisa Najim, Janis Alexa Nardelli, Nicole A. Nardelli, Nora Navarro, Xuan Nguyen, Ernest D. Noseda, Jr., Constance G. O'Connell, Debra O'Leary-Kurtz, Amanda Natasha Owen, Denise Page, Kathryn D. Page, Malia Ana Parohinog, Ulka Patel, Lauren Pavlis, Joanna Pawliczuk, Erika Pelandis, Abby Regina Petti, Huy Pham, Mark Pickeral, Monique A. Pierce, David Poellnitz, Anthony M. Previti, Mohammed Rafique, Alexander Ramirez, Monika Rana, Mihaela Reilly, Alexandra D. Reses, Willie Rhodes, Jr., Mary Lea Robinson, Michelle M. Robinson, Vivian Rosario, William A. Ruiz-Sanchez, Jill R. Sanchez, Sloan P. Sawhill, Patricia Schlapp, Ala Sharko, Janet M. Shechter, Cynthia A. Sheridan, Jennifer Lea Silipena, Craig Smith, Melissa Jean Smith, Gini Morris Sprague, Joseph D. Stafford, Sonia J. Starr, Sabrina Strawder, Danilo Tangalin, Jr., Manuel Taylor III, Shawn Tosti, Jennifer Townsel, Thai-Hien Tran, Liliana M. Vargas, Joshua V. Vogt, Ryan Wall, Randi Wallace, Jessica L. Weeks, J�-Quan West, Aleksander Y. Zhechev, Laurie Ann Zimmerman.

Associate in Science:

Henok Abebe, Vincent Acampora, Joe Accardi, Stephanie Accardi, Nabila Acefe-Aguero, Leann Adams, Taneeka L. Adams, DeAnne Adams-Jefferson, Farzana Ahmed, Sadia Akhter, Aylin Akkayaoglu, Suzan Akkayaoglu, Matthew Akpan, Jr., Maria Akras, Velinda Alicea, Vlorim Aliu, Christine Allen, Judith Marie Alton, Nadirah Anderson, Gordon G. Andrews, Angela Marie Anes, Kashif Ansari, Jessica Aponte, Sheyla M. Ayala-Mantilla, Erica Marie Bader, Jefferson Baez, Sujeiry Baez, Lauren Nicole Baglivo, John W. Baker III, Jeffrey Salvatore William Barbagallo, Lindsay Michele Barkoff, Laura Barreda, Peter A. Basile, Ren�e Elaine Battle, Preston Beals, Belinda Bean, John Beattes, Ryan Begley, Catherine Behrens, Yolanda L. Bell, Tonyia Bellina, Ashley Benedetto, Katiria Berrios, Amber Berry, Terri Bethea, Britani Bianco, Chris Biscoglio, Jr., Catherine Blase, Nicholas Bliss, Edward Bruce Bossmeyer, Adelbert W. Bowden, Brittany Bracaliello, Kyle Brier, Brittany Britko, Anthony Brown, Tasha Monique Bryan, Ume Bukhari, Ryan Patrick Burke, Melissa Ann Burnell, Andrea Canlla, Anthony J. Cannuscio, Christine A. Capasso, Erica Marie Caraballo, Jayne Carmen, Chelsea Carney, Courtney Carter, Joseph Carter, John Marcus Caruso, Ricardo Castro, Simon Jacob Castro, Maurice A. Catarcio, Jr., Christina L. Cavileer, Kelly Cavileer, Marquita Chatman, Robert Chavez, John Chelius, Ting Chen, Junile Cisco, James Paul Clarke, Jonathan A. Clauson, Janice Suzanne Palencia Co, Nocle K. Coderre, Christopher Coleman, Mayelin Del Carmen Collado, Matthew Collins, Christopher Colon, Wayne Derrick Comer II, Christina Condos, Marie Flodana Conserve, Pasquale J. Conte, Gina Marie Conway, Stephen M. Cooksey, Stacie M. Cooper, Alisa N. Corbitt, Christina Ann Correa, June Cosby, Marian M. Cowart, Katherine Lyn Coyle, Richard Holt Cressey, Sean Croce, Joyce M. Cross, Mary Patricia Crosson, Valerie Dagrosa, Benjamin Dailey, Kurpa Dalal, Lori D. D'Alessio, Michael R. Damiano, Thomas P. Darcy, Jr., Ashley E. Dearborn, Agnes R. DeFeo, Nichole Deola, Christa DeSimone, Anthony DeStefano, Roberto C. Diaz, Erik J. DiMeo, Marisa Lyn DiMuro, Phil Disabella, Danielle Discepola, Cara Dubitsky, Sagar Dudhatra, Wayne B. Dull, Melinda Dunleavy, Chloe Echikson, Caitlin Edmunds, Kelly Ann Edwards, Bridget Egatz, Andrew Peter Egnor, Dennis Ehret, Zeeba Elicwilliam, Heidi Engstler, Todd Sean Escourt, Steven M. Espino, Leslie Esposito, Ryan Ewing, Edwin P. Faber, Michele Fama, Kylene Marie Farnan, Barbara A. Farrell, Heather Leah Fauzey, Denise Febo, Sarah Feiner, Tatyana Monique Felder, Valerie Theresa Feo, David Bazu Ferguson, Robert Ferrier, Lori Fessler, Deena L. Fetrow, Adona C. Figer, Kevin M. Flannery, Loraine Fletcher, Nadine M. Fletcher, Ryan Flynn, Sharon Frances Foley, Carolina Forero, Jason Forslund, April Frank, Latasha C. Frazier, Karlyn Gabel, Suzanne Marie Gamble, Virginia L. Gandy, Michael Vito Gannone, Thomas Gebbia, Ivelina S. Gencheva, Janine Generale, Christina M. Gerety, Lydia Giercyk, Carolina Giraldo, Stephen M. Glazewski, Meghan Gorecke, Jason Gouse, Candice Victoria Greeley, Lauren A. Greeley, Rachel Joy Grickis, Michele D. Griffin, Karen Guenther, Evelyn Guerrero, Robert Nicholas Guerrieri, Joseph Patrick Haes, Brittany C. Hagel, Tiawanda Hamilton, Sharon F. Hand, Nikia L. Hannah, Daniel Hansen, Cherinna Andrea Hardeman, Glen Harney, Jennifer K. Harrigan, Anthony Eldon Harris, Rachel Harwood, Tamikia Hart, Nicole D. Hebron, John M. Henchy, Jr., Lauren Henshaw, Kelly A. Herbst, Wilfredo R. Hernandez, Scott Hewitt-Shiley, Dannica Hill, Wayne Hill, Timothy John Lawrence Hinlicky, Annie K. Hirao, Ngoc Hoang, Rachel Hoffman, Grace Maria Hogan, Corissa Holman, Desire� Danielle Hosier, Azim Hossain, Robert P. Howard, WuJi Huang, Jason M. Hughes, Terrance Jamal Hughes, Sandra A. Hurd, Angelier Yvette Hurt, Mushtaq Hussain, Mariam H. Hussein, Ryan W. Hutton, Jasmine Huynh, Christina R. Iacovelli, Promise O. Ihemesie, Tonmoy Islam, Rolando Jabinal, Jr., Rifath Jahan, Phillip Janiszewski, Marta Paulina Jarzyna, Melissa Anne Jett, Robert Dean Johnson, Amanda L. Jones, Melissa Jones, Janice C. Jones, Rasheda Jones, Jigar Joshi, Deborah D. Kerstetter, Sabrina Khan, Thanavanh Khattiya, Mary Ann Killeen, Monika E. Kiszka, Alana Michelle Klebaur, Richard Koch, Jr., Fatu Korgar, Brenda Lee Korzeniowski, Kristina Konstantinova Kostova, Stacy Koushel, Christopher L. Kubaska, Kaitlin Kushina, Lauren Ashley Rose Kwart, George T. Lafferty III, Amy E. Lamach, David Lapidus, April L. Leigh, Phillip J. Leone, Katelyn A. Levin, Monika Magdalena Lewandowski, Irina Lewis, William Lewis, Wen Li, Christopher J. Licitra, Nicole Lynn Liepe, Dzmitry Limarenka, Madonna Logue, John Lomonaco, Fernando Lopez-Maya, Kerrie Lynn Lund, Douglas James Lundberg, Jr., Frank Charles Lupperger, Islay MacCormack, Jason Lee MacFarland, Adam P. Madamba, Cody Maher, Jamie Lee Maisano, Elyssa M. Maldonado, Nancy Michelle Maldonado, Toshira N. Maldonado-McIntosh, Shields Marenco, Kathy Pauline Marino, Brandon Anton Markowitz, Crystal Martin, Neka Martin, James Mason, Jr., William L. Massie, Luke Clark Mathes, Chelsey May, Laura Alayne Mayer, Jeffrey Edward Mazer, Brandon J. McAleer, Ellen McAnally, Katelyn McArdle, Brenda Denise McBall, Amy M. McCulley, Brianna McHale, Carolyn McKays, Laurie McLaughlin, Scott R. McNeill, Shaine P. Meier, Jason Melchiore, Glendaly Mercado, Mark A. Mercado, Jaime Miklinevich, Jeanne Mildren, Robert P. Miller, Jr., Ashley S. Millett, Julia Montanez, Colleen Montgomery, Aida Mora, Charmaine V. Morgan, Mark T. Moses, Lewis P. Mosetti, Jeff Moyer, Kyle T. Mumford, Christin Julia Murray, Amjad Naeem, Wanda Neris, Nicholas Nesbit, Kellie Lynn Ney, Tianna Nguyen, Xuan Nguyen, Ryan P. Nicoletta, Marnie Jean Niederhofer, Awilda Nieves, Kenneth Stewart Norton, Jr., Tiffany Ann Novack-Vellon, Chirly Nuchols, Maria Eli Nunez, Jennifer O'Dea, Mary Oliver, Jon Paul O'Neil, Kevin Ong, Lissel Ortega-Vasilakis, Melinda Orth, Alvin Ortiz, Roberto C. Ortiz, Rajal M. Pansheria, Wayne Pao, Alvin Carlos U. Pasagui, Falshruti Patel, Krishma Patel, Mitul Bhupendrakumar Patel, Pinal Patel, Priyanka Piyush Patel, Sagar D. Patel, Shivam Patel, Tapan Patel, Jacqueline M. Paules, Samantha S. Pearlman, Leonard G. Pearson III, Stephanie A. Perkins, Melanie Lynne Perna, Salma Perveen, Keith Peterson, Stephanie Peterson, Marie K. Pikolysky, Caitlin J. Ponticello, Rebecca Portnoy, Kamen L. Potts, Jonathan Lee Puelles, Shayna L. Randall, Nina-Marie Rando, Jillian Randsdorp, Arti B. Raval, Abigail Ray, Joseph Reader, Jennifer S. Rebolledo, Gregory Reid, Crystal Renaud, Freddie Restrepo, Colleen Teresa Ricciardi, Kelly Marie Richman, Ines Melissa Cuadrado Rivera, Jennifer L. Robinson, Cassandra Robbins, Jessica Rodriguez, Madelyn Rodriguez, Rebecca L. Rogan, Christiana J. Rogers, Ashley Marie Rogowski, Gabrielle Roller, Alicia D. Ross, Na'Deidre S. Ross, Jenifer L. Rossi, Jonathan Jesse Rossi, David L. Rousseau, Lauren Rupley, Dominic Joseph Russo, Joseph Edward Ryan, Danielle N. Rynne, Brian M. Rysinski, Brigid M. Sadorf, Maryam Saeed, Atiyah Salahuddin, Carolyn Salvadore, Roynell G. Sanders, Laura Valerie Sansone, Cristina Santiago, Michael Santoro, Jennifer Schoonejongen, Zach Schoonover, Cynthia Scott, Sherrill A. Segal, Megan Sekel, Alisa Sherma, Alison Shinkunas, Brege Shinn, Aaron M. Shugarts, Amanda Siegel, Sarabjit Singh, Katarina Slobodenko, Kathleen P. Smith, Matthew Smith, Tynesha Snowden, Connie Soder, Roy Somers, Jason Soos, Victor Spada, Michael Patrick Spille, Michael F. Stafford, Sharon M. Stahl, Kimberly A. Staiano, Mark Staunton, Joseph Salvatore Stevens, Megan N. St. Marie, Dawn Davis Streaker, Dia Swan, Christina M. Sweeney, Paul Tees, Maria Teller, Raymond M. Tempest, Eric Thimm, Tiffany N. Timberlake, Kortney Ann Todd, Cinthia Torres, Rafael Torres, Christina M. Torti, Wm. Towns, Jr., Quang Tran, Morgan Christine Troupe, Johanna Trujillo, Emily Turza, Helen Utts, Luz A. Valentin, Jennifer Vanderslice, Liliana Vargas, Camelia J. Viera, Diemkha Vo, Harry Lewis Eugene Walk, Jessica Eileen Walsh, Dana Ward, Heather Washburn, Georgett Watson, Jonathan Weeks, Brittany Michele Wehner, Paul Whaley, Elyse Sarah Wiesel, Kelsey Marie Wilcox, Danielle Lynn Wilkens, Carla A. Wilkes, Frankie Lamar Williams, Lance Williams, Patricia D. Williams, Aisha F. Williams-Oliver, Eric A. Wilson, Lauren Marie Winkler, Michael David Wislowsky, Robert Van Wolcott, Jr., Jessica L. Wolf, Matthew J. Yetter, Amanda M. Young, Lakesha Young, Hanan Yousaf, Alejandro Zapata, Daniel Zapata, Melissa Rae Zarharchuck, Megan Zein, Kattya Zelidon, Richard Charles Ziegler, Tammy Zimmerman, John M. Zuniga.

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