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Commencement addresses bring life to students' experiences and opportunities

Commencement addresses bring life to students' experiences and opportunities

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.

A committee...

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