When Lukas Kassa graduated high school, he decided not to walk across the stage.
At the June 3 commencement for the Community College of Baltimore County, he not only will walk on the stage, he'll speak from it.
A student speaker at commencement has been a college tradition since the early 2000s, after administrators polled students about their preferences and learned they connected more with remarks from their peers, said Hope Davis, a CCBC spokeswoman.
The speaker each year is the recipient of the President's Distinguished Graduate Award. Given annually, the award recognizes a student who has shown exemplary leadership and a commitment to help others.