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HBC awards diplomas to 140 students

April 24, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

It's time to leave the somewhat sheltered life of academics and chase your dreams, the Rev. Buck Summers told almost 140 Hagerstown Business College students who donned caps and gowns Saturday for the school's 61st commencement ceremony.

The prospect made some students excited and nervous.

"There's no more security of school. Now we have to go find a job," said Crystal Wible, 20, of Greencastle, Pa., who finished classes Friday for a professional secretary associate degree.

Tonya Doyle, 19, of Dry Run, Pa., said she was "just glad it's finished."

Now that she has an associate degree in business administration, Doyle said she is looking for a job as a marketing assistant or office manager.

If recent trends continue, Wible and Doyle probably won't be looking for a job much longer.

According to the college's Career Services Coordinator Bobbie Southwood, more than 95 percent of the school's graduates have a job within three months of their last class.

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Southwood said area companies get in line to offer jobs to Hagerstown Business College graduates.

"I have more jobs than students," Southwood said.

Students who finished their course work in December or who are expected to expected to finish their classes in August also participated in Saturday's ceremony in the auditorium at North Hagerstown High School.

The commencement was attended by more than 600 friends and relatives.

Heather Culbertson, 21, of Chambersburg. Pa., finished classes toward her associate degree in business administration in December and now works as a customer service representative at Citicorp Inc. near Hagerstown.

"I'm excited," Culbertson said. "I worked a long time for it."

Hagerstown Business College is a private, two-year college offering associate degrees and professional certificates in more than a dozen fields including accounting, legal secretary and medical assistant.

The school is on Crestwood Drive, offPennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.

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