Jessica Daus to Speak at Allegany College of Maryland's Virtual Commencement

Kristin Kehrwald 301-784-5152


Jessica Daus, student commencement speaker

Jessica Daus, a business administration and accounting major from Imler, will deliver the student address at ACM's fall 2021 virtual commencement ceremony. 


Ceremony Will Be Streamed on Dec. 17

CUMBERLAND, Md. (Dec. 6, 2021) – One hundred and eighty-six Allegany College of Maryland students are expected to earn approximately 198 degrees and certificates during the college’s fall commencement. The virtual ceremony will be streamed at 7 p.m. on December 17 on ACM’s Facebook page and later posted to the college’s YouTube channel. Jessica Daus of Imler, Pennsylvania, will provide the student commencement address.

Daus, who currently holds a 4.0 GPA, graduates with an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration and an Associate of Science degree in Arts and Sciences – Area of Concentration in Business Accounting. She will be introduced by Robin Imgrund, professor and chair of the Division of Business and Economics, and one of Daus’s favorite instructors.  

A first generation college student, Daus is the second member of her family to graduate from college. A 2020 graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School, she entered Allegany College of Maryland with 13 transfer credits from Mount Aloysius College that she earned through her high school’s dual enrollment program. She began her studies at the Allegany College of Maryland Bedford County Campus in the fall of 2020. 

Daus appeared on the Dean’s List, joined the college’s Omicron Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and received scholarships through both the PTK International Honor Society and the Bedford County Regional Education Foundation. She was a biology tutor at the campus in addition to working as a cashier and for New Product Technologies, Inc. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting with hopes of becoming a corporate accountant.

In her speech, Daus will reflect on the challenges of and lessons learned from attending college during a pandemic. She’ll encourage graduates to choose their own way while remaining ever mindful of their own resilience. 

ACM students with a 3.5 or higher GPA were invited to audition to speak and Daus was selected by the college’s Commencement Committee. In addition to the virtual commencement ceremony, the college will host a limited attendance Grad Walk at ACM’s Cumberland campus. Fall graduates will be invited to participate in the next in-person commencement ceremony.
On the day of commencement, graduates are encouraged to take photos and videos celebrating their graduation and share them on social media using #ACM2021grad. More information about Allegany College of Maryland’s commencement plans is available at  

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