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'Best decision I ever made'

Hagerstown Business College graduates 180-plus

Hagerstown Business College graduates 180-plus

November 05, 2006|by MARIE GILBERT

When Theresa Lang enrolled two years ago at Hagerstown Business College, she was both excited and nervous.

"Graduating from high school in 1992, it had been a long time since I had been in a classroom," Lang said. "But I saw what jobs were out there, and I knew I wasn't going to make it without a college degree."

On Saturday, the Hagerstown resident received that degree, "and I couldn't be happier," she said.

Lang, who was enrolled in the medical secretary/assistant program at HBC, graduated with scholastic honors and already has secured a job.

"I should have done this a long time ago," she said. "But when I got out of high school, I wasn't ready. It took me a few years to see how important education is. Going back to school was the best decision I've ever made."

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Lang was among 150 students who received associate degrees and certificates during the college's fall graduation ceremonies at North Hagerstown High School.

"We hold two commencements each year, and graduate a total of about 350 students," HBC President W. Christopher Motz said. "This class had 180-plus students, and about 150 students are present for today's ceremonies."

Motz said it was an exciting day for both students and their families.

"Our graduates worked very hard for this day," he said. "We're very proud of them."

Degrees and certificates were awarded by Motz and Academic Dean Lisa A. Boice.

Student speakers included Melissa Mellott, a medical assistant graduate; and Andrea Batts-Latson, a graphic design graduate.

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