Burlington, Gloucester and Camden Colleges will confer hundreds of associate's degrees this weekend — the most ever at two of the institutions.
Gloucester County College will honor the largest class in its 42-year history — more than 975 graduates — at 6 p.m. Friday on the College Plaza in Sewell.
Students will hear from Dr. Paul Katz, founding dean of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and fellow graduate Cody D. Miller of Williamstown. The Gloucester County College and Community Chorus will provide music.
A total of 1,208 students have earned 1,269 associate's degrees and certificates in 56 programs at Burlington County College — the most in the school's 41 years. Six students earned three degrees, and 51 earned two certificates. The average age of this year's graduates is 27.
About half the students are expected to don caps and gowns for a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday on the Pemberton campus. The keynote speaker will be Jack Varsalona, president of Wilmington University. The ceremony will be streamed live via a link at www.bcc.edu.
Also Saturday, Camden County College will confer more than 1,800 associate's degrees and certificates. The keynote speaker there is college vice president Sharon N. Wedington, and the student speaker is John M. Huhn III. Former Camden County Freeholder Riletta L. Cream will receive an honorary degree.