By The Coaster
Brookdale Community College will honor four outstanding local residents and more than 2,100 local students during the college’s 47th annual commencement ceremony, held May 12 on the Lincroft campus.
A total of 2,141 students are expected to graduate from Brookdale this year, with diplomas handed out during a 10 a.m. and a 3 p.m. ceremony at the Robert J. Collins Arena, 765 Newman Springs Road. The graduating class earned a total of 2,159 degrees and includes 30 students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Honorary degrees will be presented to Carlos Rodriguez, executive director of the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and Carol Stillwell, president and CEO of Stillwell Hansen, Inc.
Distinguished alumni awards will also be presented to Deborah Josko, director of the Medical Laboratory Science Program Program at the Rutgers University School of Health Professions, and nationally acclaimed sculptor Brian Hanlon, of Toms River.
Select graduates will also be presented with the college’s 2016-17 Outstanding Student Award.