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HBC's new grads ready to get down to business

October 24, 2004|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - It started out with "Go Theresa!"

Then, in an instant, dozens of cheers of encouragement erupted throughout the darkened North Hagerstown High School auditorium Saturday, making it difficult to decipher which names the crowd had been yelling out.

The brief outburst brought smiles to the faces of the Hagerstown Business College faculty, who moments earlier had witnessed their students receive degrees and certificates in their chosen field.

Row by row, the students stood up and made their way to the side of the auditorium, where they waited for their trip across stage with their degrees and certificates in hand.

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Approximately 177 students received degrees and certificates in four divisions - legal, allied health, business and computer technology - during the Fall 2004 Commencement, according to the program.

College President W. Christopher Motz wished the graduates well and offered them a bit of advice.

"Always remember to smile. Never be late ..." Motz said.

He also told the graduates to go beyond what their job requires, respect others and make their families proud.

Student speaker Susan Smith, who received an associate's degree in the Allied Health Division's medical secretary/assistant program, said she was scared and excited about embarking on her quest for her degree.

She also said higher education might sometimes be difficult while trying to raise a family or work at the same time.

"But look at us now ..." Smith said. "We all have the self-confidence we need to go out into the world and succeed."

Graphic design graduate Mark Ashbrook said during his speech that his fellow graduates are about to begin another chapter in their lives and he hopes they can take what they learned and apply it to their journey.

"God has given each and every one of you a gift ..." Ashbrook said. "While it may be, he wants you to use that. For me, going back to school has made a world of difference."

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