Monaca, PA - Following an academic year marked by unprecedented growth in partnerships and philanthropy, CCBC held its 2018 Commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Dome.

During the ceremony, the College’s Schools of Aviation Sciences, Nursing and Allied Health, and Business, Arts, Sciences, and Technology awarded degrees, certificates, and diplomas to nearly 400 eligible students who completed program requirements in August 2017, December 2017 or May 2018.

The Commencement exercises were also streamed live in high definition (HD) video, allowing families and friends nationwide to participate in the celebration.

“We are partners with students on their educational journeys,” stated CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber in his welcoming remarks to the graduating class.” “Our access mission of ‘meeting students where they are’ and helping students explore, define and achieve their goals means that our students’ success – your success – is our success, too.”

Alyssa Miles, a member of the 2018 All-PA Academic Team and a graduate of CCBC’s Education program, provided opening remarks on behalf of the student body.

“For me, CCBC truly does mean family,” shared Miles during her speech. “My mother, brother and I have all enrolled and taken classes on this campus, a place filled with wonderful, caring and knowledgeable faculty and staff who have helped each of us find our way. CCBC was, and is, the bridge to my future, and as I prepare to take my final crossing, I am taking what I learned and how I grew with me.”

Dr. James Denova, Vice President of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, served as the College’s 2018 Commencement speaker.

Dr. Denova has primary responsibility for the Foundation’s education agenda in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania while also directing several economic development projects throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Describing community colleges as the nexus for career pathways, Dr. Denova shared these words with the graduates:

"With the community college education that you received at CCBC you have earned a passport to a good job, future educational endeavors, and opportunities to discover and learn more as you travel from here."

Business Administration graduate Zackary Cipolla, who was this year’s student representative to the Board of Trustees and second All-PA Academic Team honoree, offered parting words to his classmates.

“Finally, to my fellow graduates - the future engineers, nurses, pilots, teachers, businessmen, and women, or whatever profession you have set your sights on, let’s go out and make our dreams happen,” encouraged Cipolla.

CCBC’s Class of 2018 is listed at the link below in its entirety.

2018 Graduate List

Students designated as graduating Cum Laude earned a 3.25 to 3.49 cumulative grade-point average; Magna Cum Laude graduates earned a 3.50 to 3.74 cumulative grade-point average, and Summa Cum Laude graduates received a 3.75 to 4.00 cumulative grade-point average.

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About Community College of Beaver County

CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges in 2017.


CCBC’s 2018 graduating class is surrounded by the support of faculty, staff, family, and friends as the Commencement ceremony begins Thursday evening at the Dome.