CCAC to celebrate 50th Anniversary at its 2016 Commencement on Thursday, May 19

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Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH—Approximately 400 Community College of Allegheny County students are expected to participate in the 2016 Commencement exercises at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Petersen Events Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland. A highlight of the college’s golden anniversary year, the celebration marks a significant milestone in the history of CCAC.

Jim Krenn, CCAC alumnus (Class of 1980) and broadcast personality,will be Commencement speaker. The event is open to the media, including still/video cameras.


  • Jim Krenn—CCAC alumnus & broadcast personality (Commencement speaker)
  • Roger J. Pogoda—graduate, CCAC Boyce Campus, Associate of Science degree in General Studies, Associate of Science degree in Mathematics & Sciences (Student Reflections speaker)
  • Juel Smith—associate professor, CCAC Boyce Campus, Biology (faculty speaker)
  • Amy M. Kuntz—chair, CCAC Board of Trustees & member, CCAC Educational Foundation Board of Directors
  • Quintin B. Bullock—president, CCAC
  • The CCAC Class of 2016Graduates available for interviews include:
    • Jeremy Hinnebusch—Associate of Science, General Studies. A member of the CCAC Honors Program, Hinnebusch is graduating with high honors. He is a member of the 2015 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team and is a CCAC Honors Scholar. He has held multiple leadership positions in his local chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, most recently serving as president from 2015 to 2016. Hinnebusch has been very active in community service both on and off campus, including participation in a local highway clean-up project. He plans to transfer to Slippery Rock University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
    • Shantelle Bey—Associate of Science, Early Education and Child Development. A member of the CCAC Honors Program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Bey served as president of her local PTK chapter during the 2015–2016 academic year, as a member of Student Government during the 2014–2015 academic year and as a Student Life Ambassador from 2014 to 2016. She was also honored as a Five Star Participation Award winner at the 2015 Student Life Star Awards, and she served as a guest speaker at Student Life’s Tea for Three, a Women’s History Month event. Additionally, she presented highlights from her Honors contract at both the Northeast Regional Honors Council Annual Conference in Gettysburg and the 2015 Honors Forum. Bey plans to transfer to Chatham University where she will pursue a Bachelor of Arts in PreK–4 Education.
    • Jamie Gatewood—Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts. Also a CCAC 2009 alumna, Gatewood is a member of the CCAC Honors Program and of her local chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She has been active in the Honors Program and involved in service activities through an Honors leadership class, which included a resource fair and donation drive for students and community members. She also participated in a trip to Gettysburg through an Honors History class, where she presented “Nourishment and the Civil War.” An entrepreneur, Gatewood is putting her culinary skills into practice by starting her own food truck business. Her first clients will include the Homestead Grays softball team and the Pittsburgh Rangers semi-pro football team.
    • Tamra Seto—Associate of Science, Nursing. A member of the CCAC Honors Program, Seto is graduating with honors. She is a member of the 2015 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team and a member of her local chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Seto has been very active in the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania, as well as CCAC’s Day of Caring event and other service activities. She plans to transfer to California University of Pennsylvania to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with the goal of eventually earning a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.


  • The CCAC Class of 2016 comprises 2,425* graduates, earning Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees, certificates and diplomas in more than 150 programs. Approximately 400 graduates are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony.*Indicates number of pending graduate applications



  • Thursday, May 19, 5:30 PM–9:00 PM EST*
  • Commencement Exercises 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • *Best time for pre-event interviews: 5:30 PM–6:15 PM                               



  • Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh,PA 15261


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit to learn more.

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