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BCCC honors more than 1,000 graduates in virtual ceremony premiering tonight

Bucks County Community College celebrates its 54th annual commencement Thursday, May 28, in a first-ever virtual ceremony featuring Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, Bucks County commissioner, as keynote speaker.

The prerecorded ceremony, produced to honor more than 1,000 graduates as buildings remain closed amid the Coronavirus pandemic, premieres at 6 p.m. on the college’s website,, and simultaneously on the college’s YouTube and social-media channels. The ceremony, which includes announcing every graduate’s name and showing their picture if available, can later be viewed on

Bucks County Community College President Stephanie Shanblatt, Ph.D., will preside over the ceremony, introducing each speaker and conferring degrees. The Class of 2020 – which earned 899 associate degrees and 109 certificates – will also hear from one of its own. Evan Brooks was selected to address his classmates in recognition of his outstanding achievements. Brooks earned an associate degree in liberal arts: general emphasis with honors and intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business and economics. The Perkasie resident and Pennridge High School graduate plans to then get more involved in politics, eventually running for office, in order “to provide the best solutions, no matter their political origin, to the problems at hand.”

In addition, the Bucks County Community College Alumni Association will present its Alumni Achievement Awards and will recognize distinguished faculty members who are retiring.