LFCC Commencement Celebrates Record Number of Graduates

For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2011

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) held its 40th Commencement ceremony at Skyline High School, 151 Skyline Vista Drive, Front Royal, on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. This year the College awarded 890 associate degrees and certificates, the largest number ever in the history of the school.  Over 250 students participated in the ceremony, also a record number of individual graduates in attendance for LFCC.  

Front Royal resident Sarah Williams, a 2011 recipient of an associate degree in Education, an associate degree in Liberal Arts, and a certificate in Education, will deliver the Commencement Address.  She plans to pursue a degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish at the University of Virginia.  Ms. Williams recognized that her fellow graduates “strive for the extraordinary” and encouraged them to “promote to others the value and impact of education.” 

Outstanding Graduate Awards were presented to Fauquier Campus graduate Elleansar Naa Norley Okwei and Middletown Campus graduate Sarah Williams.  Special music was provided by The City of Winchester Pipes and Drums and dramatic soprano Alessandra Marc.    

Prior to the Commencement ceremony, the College held the ceremony for 2011 recipients of the College Board Medallion of Recognition.  This year the award recognized former LFCC professors Walter K. Malinowski, Jr. and Roger Milburn, and Shenandoah County resident and LFCC Education Foundation Board member, Mark E. Pangle.

By May 31, a final list of certified graduates will be posted to the College’s Web site at www.lfcc.edu.  For more information about Commencement, please visit https://lfcc.edu/current-students/academic-information/2011-commencement/index.html or contact Tammy Haire at 540-868-4076 or [email protected].


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.