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Community College Graduates Largest Class Ever


Commencement speaker Brian Delate talking to the graduates. Credit: Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College graduated 1,102 students late last month.

The class that earned degrees and certificates was the largest graduating class in the community college’s 55-year history. The previous record was 1,054 in 1976-77 academic year.

Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, the community college president, said that the high number of graduates is a testament to students’ hard work and perseverance, as well as the value placed on their education.

Sylvia Salas, a first-generation American from Levittown, addressed her classmates in recognition of her outstanding achievements.

The commencement speaker was Brian Delate, an actor, director, playwright, and Vietnam War veteran. He has had roles in “Law and Order,” “Rescue Me” “Guiding Light” “Truman Show,” and “The Comeback.” The Bucks County native was presented a doctor of public service degree by Shanblatt and Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth Fineberg.

Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt addressing the class. Credit: Bucks County Community College

In addition, the Bucks County Community College Alumni Association presented its Alumni Achievement Awards:

  • President’s Distinguished Service Award – Lynne Kelleher, Class of 1981, Realtor
  • Community Service Award – Erica J. Hellerstein, Class of 2014, occupational therapist, community healthcare outreach volunteer
  • Professional Achievement Award – Jo Ciavaglia, Class of 1989, award-winning investigative reporter
  • Centurion Award – Donna Wilkoski, Class of 1980, Director, Financial Aid
Credit: Bucks County Community College
Sylvia Salas addressing her peers. Credit: Bucks County Community College

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001