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Atlantic Cape Commencement set for May 19

04/27/2022 | Media Contact: Claire Sylvester | (609) 343-4933
Graduates tossing mortar boards

MAYS LANDING — Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate the achievements of the class of 2022 during a ceremony on Thursday, May 19 at the Mays Landing campus.

The 55th annual Atlantic Cape Commencement returns to a traditional in-person ceremony after two years of modified events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time, all graduation events will occur in the Quad of the Mays Landing campus.

More than 800 Atlantic Cape students are invited to receive their diplomas during this year's commencement ceremony.

James Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming, will be the keynote speaker. Allen, a Mainland Regional High School graduate who attended Atlantic Cape, will be presented with an Honorary Associate in Applied Science degree in Hospitality Management in recognition of his accomplishments and commitment to the Atlantic City region and Atlantic Cape Community College’s students.

Thanks to funding through the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, this year’s graduates will have the cost of their caps and gowns covered.

Students who have not yet done so must apply for graduation by April 29 by logging into their Self Service account, clicking on “Graduation Overview” and then on “Graduation Application.”

In addition, ceremonies for the students graduating from the Academy of Culinary Arts and the Nursing program will be recognized in separate ceremonies on May 18.

Important dates for graduating students:


Tuesday, May 3

A Toast to the Graduates of 2022 - Join us for a celebration of our 2022 graduates 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Center on the Mays Landing campus. Activities include: cap decorating; creating a vision board; live music by John Rush, The Human iPod; food; giveaways; and more.

Free Portraits - Donna Connor Photography will be taking free portraits for graduates 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Student Center. Students should dress in their cap and gown. No appointment is necessary.

Faculty and staff professional portraits will be available 9-11 a.m. Business attire and jackets, no short sleeves.


Monday, May 16

Scholarship Recognition Ceremony – The Atlantic Cape Foundation will honor the 2022 Atlantic Cape Scholarship recipients and the donors who made the scholarships possible during a ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Quad of the Mays Landing campus. Donors are invited to arrive early and meet fellow supporters during a reception that begins at 5 p.m. in the Student Center.


Wednesday, May 18

Academy of Culinary Arts Awards – Twenty-four students in the Academy of Culinary Arts, 17 in the Culinary Arts track and seven in Baking and Pastry, will be recognized during a ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Quad at the Mays Landing campus. Students will receive medals and certificates for completing their programs.


Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony – About 100 students in Atlantic Cape Community College’s Nursing program will receive their pins at 4 p.m. in the Quad at the Mays Landing campus. During the pinning ceremony, the nurses take a vow to care for the sick, a tradition that dates to the 12th century. Students also recite the Florence Nightingale pledge and receive awards and honors.


Thursday, May 19

Atlantic Cape Community College’s 55th Annual Commencement – 11 a.m. in the Quad at the Mays Landing campus.