ACM to Graduate 148 at Fall 2019 Commencement

Kristin Kehrwald 301-784-5152


Student Commencement Speaker Tim Shipway

Tim Shipway of Flintstone, Md., will present the student address at Allegany College of Maryland’s fall commencement exercise at 7:00 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 13, 2019. Shipway, a veteran and owner of Brightside Farms, will receive his Associate degree of Applied Science in Automotive Technology. All are welcome to attend. 



CUMBERLAND, Md. (Dec. 10, 2019) – Earning approximately 172 degrees and certificates, 148 students are expected to move their mortarboard tassels from right to left at Allegany College of Maryland’s fall commencement exercise at 7:00 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 13. Commencement will be held in the Gymnasium with a reception to follow for graduates and their guests in College Center.

Dr. Cynthia S. Bambara, ACM’s president, will open the program with a welcome to the candidates for graduation and their guests. ACM Board of Trustees Chair Kim B. Leonard will offer greetings.

Tim Shipway will present the student commencement address. Shipway, an Automotive Technology major with a 4.0 GPA, is a Flintstone resident, and Fort Hill High School graduate. In 2018, he earned his Automotive Technology certificate from ACM before pursing his Associate degree of Applied Science in Automotive Technology.

Shipway, who retired from the Air Force and West Virginia National Guard after 34 years of service, is a licensed aircraft mechanic who rose to the rank of E-8 Senior Master Sergeant. As a crew chief and Flight Chief, he serviced planes for supplying embassies and the military all around the world and managed airplane maintenance operations. His current goal is to open a two-bay equipment building to work on agricultural equipment and service trucks at Brightside Farms, where he is also a bee farmer and flower grower.

In his commencement address, Shipway will reflect on the many chapters in his book of life, from marrying his high school sweetheart while serving his country and raising a family, to becoming a college student in his fifties. He will encourage his fellow graduates to remember that they are never too old to learn a new skill set, whether it allows them to grow in their chosen career or begin a new career path altogether.

Dr. Heather Gable, the 2019 recipient of the ACM Distinguished Alumni Award, will also offer brief remarks. She will be presented with a plaque in honor of her many achievements and her dedication to furthering the education of others in the regional healthcare community.

Faculty members will announce the names of the graduates as they walk to receive their associate degrees and certificates. ACM Instructional and Student Affairs Senior Vice President Dr. Kurt Hoffman will present the candidates for graduation, and Leonard will award graduates their diplomas, assisted by Commencement Grand Marshal Stacey Rohrbaugh and Assistant Grand Marshal Dr. Donna Brunelli, both ACM professors. The West Virginia Brass Quintet will perform throughout the commencement exercises.

ACM will continue its tradition of streaming the commencement ceremony online on its Facebook page at
Commencement attendees are encouraged to arrive early to obtain convenient parking. For additional information, visit or call 301-784-5005.

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