ACM Announces Fall Grad Walk, Virtual Commencement

Kristin Kehrwald 301-784-5152


Grad Walk student


CUMBERLAND, Md. (Nov. 1, 2021) – Allegany College of Maryland will host a Grad Walk from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17 to celebrate its fall 2021 graduates. The Grad Walk will take place in the college’s Physical Education Building. Students must reserve their special Grad Walk experience timeslot by calling 301-784-5005 or emailing Thomas Welcome Center staff by Dec. 14. 
Graduates will have the chance to be congratulated by college leadership while hearing their name and degree announced, take official graduation photos as well as selfies, and receive a special graduation gift from the college. Attendees may receive their diplomas and/or certificates at the Grad Walk. They may have up to six guests in attendance. 
ACM is committed to creating a safe Grad Walk experience for everyone. Allegany County, Maryland, continues to experience high rates of community transmission of COVID-19 and low vaccination rates. The college strongly encourages attendees to be vaccinated

  • ACM’s Grad Walk is limited in length and the number of attendees (Each graduate may bring up to 6 guests.) unlike traditional commencement exercises. 
  • All attendees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face masks and adhere to the college’s safety protocols. 
  • Individuals who have been exposed, show symptoms, or tested positive for COVID-19 may not come to campus to attend Grad Walk as part of the college’s enhanced health and safety procedures. 
  • All attendees must sign a COVID-19 attestation when checking into the Grad Walk experience. 

“Even in this brief recognition of their achievements, I’m excited to have the opportunity to honor our students in person,” said Dr. Cynthia Bambara, college president. “I welcome elbow bumps and the chance to see families celebrate with their loved ones.”
The college will host a virtual commencement ceremony. The virtual ceremony will be streamed on ACM’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17  and later posted to the college’s YouTube channel
ACM President Cynthia Bambara will open the program with a welcome to the candidates for graduation and their guests. ACM Board of Trustees Chair Kim Leonard will offer greetings followed by remarks provided by student commencement speakers. ACM Instructional and Student Affairs Senior Vice President Kurt Hoffman will present the candidates for graduation, assisted in his duties by commencement Grand Marshal Dr. Donna Brunelli and Assistant Grand Marshal Ray Hunt, both ACM professors and program directors. Faculty members will announce the names of the graduates as their individual recognition slides are shown.

Students will receive an email communication to their ACM student email account outlining the details of the virtual commencement. 
Beginning on Nov. 8, graduates may pick up their graduation announcements, tassels, caps, and gowns at the Advising Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday prior to the virtual ceremony. Students from outside of the area should contact Marianne Shedlock or Anne Haynal to have their announcements and regalia mailed or sent to the Bedford County Campus.
Students are responsible for submitting pictures of themselves, preferably in their caps and gowns, by 12 p.m. on Dec. 15. Grad Walk photographs will not be available for use in the virtual commencement. 
The college will professionally photograph students free of charge. They are asked to sign in with the photographer in the College Center lounge before being photographed outdoors and may only remove their face masks upon instruction from the photographer during their session. Unless indicated below, all photography dates and times are first-come, first-serve at the Cumberland Campus: 

  • Nov. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the ACM Bedford County Campus, and 
  • Nov. 18 from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the ACM Bedford County Campus.

Additional timeslots may be scheduled by contacting Levi Feaster. On the day of commencement, graduates are encouraged to take photos and videos celebrating their graduation and share them on social media using #ACM2021grad. Graduates who do not attend the Grad Walk will be mailed their diplomas and/or certificates. All graduates will be mailed a commencement program. 

Students must have applied for graduation and been officially cleared for inclusion in the virtual ceremony. Additional questions may be directed to Joanna DuVall or 301-784-5288. A Q&A document about ACM’s Grad Walk and virtual commencement ceremony is available. 

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